Clod Ensemble makes performance happen in many different contexts, unleashing the extraordinary potential of movement and music for a broad range of audiences and participants.
“A company with the scent and texture of a distinctive musical and theatrical language firmly in its grasp.” Time Out
Founded in 1995 by Artistic Directors Paul Clark and Suzy Willson, the company creates performance projects, workshops and events across the UK and internationally. Recent productions include Under Glass which takes place in a series of glass containers and jars (Winner of the Total Theatre Award for Visual/Physical Theatre in 2009), Red Ladies a chorus piece for 18 identically dressed women, and Must a collaboration with legendary New York performer Peggy Shaw.
We have performed our work in traditional theatre spaces, festivals, galleries and public spaces such as Trafalgar Square, Victoria and Albert Museum, Sadler's Wells, South Bank Centre, Serralves Museum in Portugal, Public Theatre and La Mama in New York, and at festivals including London International Mime Festival, Festival of Firsts, Fierce Festival,Glasgay!, Psi (Arizona and London).
We also create projects and curate work in places where art does not usually or regularly happen. The ground-breaking Performing Medicine project uses the arts to help medical students and doctors gain skills relevant to their clinical practice. (Winner of the Times Higher Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts, 2007); and Extravagant Acts for Mature People gives senior citizens at daycare centres in London the opportunity to enjoy internationally acclaimed musicians and performers
We collaborate with artists working in a wide range of media (theatre, performance, music, visual art, photography, film and poetry) and our performances are produced in association with Fuel.
“The Clod epitomise all that is best in devised and visual theatre – pure inspiration shot through with sheer imagination and verve” What’s On
Graduated from Manchester University before studying with Jacques Lecoq in Paris. On her return she co-founded Clod Ensemble and has directed all of their productions to date. She teaches drama and movement to students, actors, musicians and leads the company's Performing Medicine project. She is currently an Honorary Senior Lecturer at Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry. She has worked as a movement director on productions at the Gate, Soho Theatre, BAC, with film director Arnaud Desplechin, performance poet Malaika B, and Jessica Ogden for London Fashion week.
Paul has written original scores for all the company's productions to date. He has also written four chamber operas including The Weather Man (Opera North 2004-9) and liebeslied/my suicides (ICA/Genesis Foundation 2004). He has written dozens of scores for theatre, from the fringe to the National Theatre, in the UK and internationally for directors including Katie Mitchell, David Farr, Lois Weaver and Judy Hegarty Lovett.
He has also written for film and TV, for directors including Arnaud Desplechin and Emily Young and collaborated with a huge range of musicians from Dangermouse to Mark E Smith. Awards include an Arts Foundation fellowship in 1999.
Lorna’s experience in arts management includes working with Ministry of Stories as General Manager, Transitions Dance Company as General Manager, Project Director at Central School of Speech and Drama and Project Development Officer at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. Prior to moving into the live performance and participation fields, Lorna worked in film and television production with Rainmark Films, Ruby Films and SUMS Media. Lorna also collaborates with public art collective Barnes and Hulme, developing artwork in public spaces throughout the UK, is Director of Exeter based children’s literacy charity Story Door, and is a trustee of Tottenham based Bridge Arts & Culture. Lorna read English at King’s College London, and also gained her MA in Shakespeare from King’s.
Roxanne’s experience in producing has focused on contemporary and participatory performance. Most recently she worked with Fuel to develop regional audience networks as part of their New Theatre in Your Neighbourhood initiative. In previous roles at The Old Vic, Theatre Royal Plymouth, Kevin Spacey Foundation and 14-18 NOW she worked in partnership with artists and communities to explore diverse topics such as mental health, global warming and conflict. Alongside producing shows, Roxanne has also devised and delivered various artist development and education programmes. She studied Drama and Theatre Arts at University of Birmingham.
Amber graduated in 2009 with an MA in Visual Culture from the University of Westminster. Before starting at the Clod Ensemble she worked as a Project Manager at a small interfaith and intercultural charity, organising educational arts and media projects for young people and managing interns and volunteers. Amber originally hails from the Netherlands where she did her BA in Religious Studies at the University of Groningen and worked at the Education department of Foam Photography Museum Amsterdam. She has also worked in retail at Southbank Centre and the Hayward Gallery.
Simone Stewart Marketing and Communications Manager
Simone enjoys all things art and culture related, high and low, she’s not fussy. Her classrooms have been Art History at UAL where she embarked on a whistle-stop tour through 4,000 years of visual culture. This led her to embrace a messier, murkier past though an MA in the same subject (UCL) focusing on early modern horror. Simone has worked in communications at the Royal Academy of Arts and the Wallace Collection. She spends most of her disposable income on theatre tickets.
BELLA Eacott Research and Curriculum Manager
Bella is Research and Curriculum Manager for Performing Medicine. She studied History and Philosophy of Science at University College London, and Medical Humanities (MSc) at King's College London.
CARLY Annable-Coop Lead Associate Artist (Performing Medicine)
Carly is a Dance Artist with over 15 years experience of leading participatory dance projects that engage professionals, non-professionals and marginalised groups. Organisations Carly has worked with include Dance 4, Sadlers Wells and Dance United. Carly joined Dance United in 2005 as a Dance Fellow to direct projects with women in HMP Holloway Prison and then appointed Dance Director in a leadership role. Whilst with Dance United between 2005 and 2014 Carly directed over 35 projects, contributed to 10 pieces of new choreography and to the training and mentoring of new dance artists. Carly is the Project Director of The Alchemy Project. She has contributed to research and has promoted work through film and broadcast, national and international conferences. Carly has also developed and delivered international projects in Holland and Cyprus.
KIT Denison Production Assistant
Kit moved to Cardiff in 2010 to study Music at Cardiff University, where he focused on composing and drumming in as many bands as possible. Completing an MA in Arts Management at Royal Welsh College of Music followed, during which he worked at Wales Millennium Centre and spent a placement with Chapter Arts Centre. He has since worked with various music and events organisations and continues to fill all remaining time performing music and seeing shows.
Graduated from University of Essex with a BA Hons in English Literature in 2008. Before joining Clod Ensemble in 2010, she worked as Project Coordinator and Stage Manager for Artsadmin artist Mem Morrison on Ringside, which toured town halls throughout the UK and internationally. She has also worked for many large and small scale festivals and public events including Anthony Gormley’s One and Other project produced by Artichoke in Trafalgar Square.
Graduated from Trinity College, Dublin in 2007 before embarking on a joint MA at RADA and King's College London in Text and Performance. She is currently completing her PhD at King's and her research is concerned with interdisciplinary performance practice that uses new technologies to make political interventions, particularly thinking through mapping in the creation and sustaining of communities, from the Human Genome Project and family trees to GPS and traditional cartographic practices.
Sarah trained at Wimbledon School of Art and was finalist in The Linbury Prize for Stage Design. She is resident designer for Clod Ensemble. Other designs for theatre include: Mary Stuart (Derby Playhouse), Titus Andronicus (Riverside Studios and National Tour) Volpone, Thirst, The Importance of Being Earnest and Alice, (Kaos Theatre, National Tour), Midsummer Nights Dream and The Tempest (Salisbury Playhouse), Designs for Opera include: Opera Studio Showcase 2002 (Queen Elizabeth Hall), Linda di Chamonix (English Touring Opera). Costume design for Film includes: Morvern Callar, Dir Lynne Ramsay, (Feature Film), Alpha Male (Feature Film), My Brother Tom (Feature Film), Unconditional Love (TV).
Fuel produces fresh work for adventurous people by inspiring artists. Led by Louise Blackwell and Kate McGrath, Fuel work with a range of different artists and companies in different ways.
As Associate Producer, Fuel help to develop Clod Ensemble’s artistic programme. Louise and Kate play an integral role in the creative dialogue about each new piece of work as it develops, helping to ensure that it is shown in spaces and contexts where it can thrive and reach people. They are involved in strategic planning, brokering relationships with venues and partners, partner and audience development.
Fuel is not directly responsible for any of the administration of Clod Ensemble and do not fundraise directly on our behalf, although they advise and monitor fundraising applications for productions. They are a separate company with separate accounts.
We collaborate with a wide range of artists on our projects, who work in many different art forms: theatre, film, photography, visual arts, dance. (See Performing Medicine and Extravagant Acts).
The performers we collaborate with have worked for some of London's most prestigious theatres and performance companies including The National Theatre, RSC, Theatre de Complicité and Wrestling School, The Young Vic, Duckie and Shunt.
We work with a core group of musicians whose interests range from orchestral and chamber music to film scoring, avant garde improv, and new opera.
Board of Trustees
Lucy Davies (Chair)
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