A collaboration between Peggy Shaw and Clod Ensemble
Journey through the hills and valleys of one woman’s
“Shaw’s obsession with bones, with origins and what lies at our core is what drives a powerful hour of deeply personal probing… I sincerely urge you to spend an hour in the hands of a genius.” Edinburgh Festival Magazine
Must is a poetic look at what it feels like to have a body. It excavates the memories and images contained in the joints and layers of bone.
Inspired by images from Gulliver’s Travels, Hildegarde von Bingen, The Elephant Man and everyday experiences of the medical profession, Must takes a hard stare at the medical gaze and the assumptions people make about each others bodies.
“ Exquisite… This is open-heart surgery of the artistic kind, performed without anaesthetic.” The Guardian
Written for the Art Injection series, the performance platform for the company’s Performing Medicine project.
2009 Total Theatre Award Special Commendation
“Powerful, honest and life-affirming: if only all incisions to the body were this beautiful.” Time Out
Peggy Shaw is a self-made independent performer, writer, teacher, producer from New York. She co-founded with Lois Weaver The WOW Cafe Theatre in New York, and the World-renowned Touring Theatre Company Split Britches, both of which have been in operation for 26 years. She is also a solo performer and tours her trio on masculinity You're Just like My Father, Menopausal Gentleman, and To My Chagrin. She is the recipient of three Village Voice Obie Awards and has also been awarded the Stonewall Award for 'making the world a better place'. Peggy has collaborated with Clod Ensemble before onIt's A Small House and Miss Risque.
By Peggy Shaw and Suzy Willson
Original Music by Paul Clark
Performed by Peggy Shaw
Musicians: Calina de la Mare (Violin), John Paul Gandy (Piano), Lucy Shaw (Double Bass)
Directed by Suzy Willson
Design by Sarah Blenkinsop
Lighting by Hansjörg Schmidt
The first dose of Must was administered at BAC for The End of the World Cabaret on 5th May 2007 .
Must has since been performed at:
Wellcome Collection, November 2007 & 2008.
A Wellcome Trust People Award, Arts Council England (as part of the Performing Medicine Project)
© Clod Ensemble 2013