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On The High Road

An intoxicating explosion of movement, music and light.

A disparate group of people find themselves caught in a terrible storm on the High Road. Whether old or young, pilgrim or party-goer, they must all seek refuge under the same roof. As the night draws in, they dream, pray, dance, party and fight – waiting for the dawn to come.

Directed by Suzy Willson, a company of dancers, actors and singers warp time and perspective to create an epic moving sculpture. We watch human beings as if under a microscope, attempt to share space within their homes, cities, states and continents.

Paul Clark’s original score counterpoints wind howls, downpours and thunderclaps with the brilliance of the human voice. Twisted classical textures stumble into drunken bar-room pianos, and mournful songs build to pulsating clubby rhythms. Featuring award-winning Irish folk singer Thomas McCarthy, acclaimed soprano Melanie Pappenheim and renowned cabaret singer George Heyworth.

The stark monochrome design, kaleidoscopic movement and exhilarating music conjures a feverish end of epoch atmosphere. At once dance, theatre and gig – On The High Road’s turbulent blend of movement and music defies categorisation.

World premiere spring 2019:
London. Southbank Centre. 24 & 25 April 2019. Book tickets
Doncaster. Cast. 8 May 2019. Book tickets.
Portsmouth. New Theatre Royal. 15 & 16 May 2019. Book tickets.
Oxford. Oxford Playhouse. 20 & 21 May 2019. Book tickets.


Directed by Suzy Willson
Music by Paul Clark
Lighting by Hansjörg Schmidt
Design by Sarah Blenkinsop
Additional Design by Kate Lane

Performed by Christopher Akrill, Ellen Yilma, George Heyworth, Ihsaan de Banya, Makiko Aoyama, Melanie Pappenheim, Rachele Raparsadi, Ramona Nagabczyńska-de Barbaro, Thomas McCarthy, Tiffany Desplanques, Yen-Ching Lin and Zoe Bywater

Photography by Daniele Fummo
Production photography by Hugo Glendinning
Video by Lisa Cazzato Vieyra