Award-winning theatre group to bring latest show to Preston

Posted on - 17th October, 2018 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Arts, City Centre, Preston News, University campus, What's On in Preston
Placebo Clod Ensemble Credit Manuel Vason
Pic: Manuel Vason

An award-winning performance company will bring their latest production to Preston as part of an exclusive tour.


CLOD ENSEMBLE’s show,Ā Placebo, will also be performed in Salford and Brighton, before a two-week run in London.

Founded over 20-years ago by co-Artistic Directors, Suzy Willson and Paul Clark, CLOD ENSEMBLEĀ works at the intersection of theatre, dance, music and visual art.

Placebo, which is directed by Willson, features original music by Clark and costumes by London-based non-binary fashion brand ART SCHOOL.

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The production follows seven performers through a series of experiments, some performed with the help ofĀ the audience, as they reckon with the placebo effect and explore what makes us feel better, and what isĀ fake and what is real.

A statement from the tour promoters said: “Sequences of both abstract and everyday movement are repackaged, distorted, repeatedĀ and abandoned in ways that inevitably affect the audiencesā€™ perceptions of what they see and hear.

“Paul ClarkĀ has created an incredible score that sweeps through euphoric club tracks to classical fugues, whichĀ drive the action and – depending on our expectations and suggestibility – make us question what weĀ see and how we see it.

“Sometimes playful, sometimes brutal, Placebo revels in the fact that even something considered to beĀ ā€˜fakeā€™ can have very real consequences.”

Placebo, Clod Ensemble – Derelict from Derelict on Vimeo.

Co-Artistic Director Suzy Willson said: “Iā€™veĀ been fascinated by the research that shows how the colour of a pill can affect the efficiency of a drug,Ā or that someoneā€™s health might be improved after ā€˜fakeā€™ surgery.

“But perhaps itā€™s not that surprising – after all, in the theatre, we are constantly playing with peopleā€™s perceptions and affecting how they feel.Ā Our new piece Placebo plays with some of these ideas.”

The Preston dates are being put on by DERELICT at UCLan’s Media Factory. The performances will start at 7.30pm on FridayĀ 19 and Saturday 20 October. More information is available on the DERELICT website, and tickets can be booked via Ticket Source.

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Will you be going to see Placebo? Let us know inĀ the comments below.

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