Tue 30 Oct to Sat 10 Nov

Clod Ensemble


£20 (£13 concessions / NHS discount)

A room full of expectation, suggestion and infectious rhythm. 

What is fake and what is real? Is the movement the medicine? 

Placebo is an invigorating celebration of the power we have to make ourselves feel better, even when things are falling apart. 

Seven dancers and an audience attempt a series of experiments to discover what gives them pleasure and what might dull their pain. Movements collide, overlap and multiply, propelled by a rich original score that sweeps mischievously through euphoric club tracks to chewy classical fugues. 

Placebo continues Clod Ensemble’s reputation for finely crafted, provocative performance, ambitious in scale and concept.

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We understand it can be difficult for a parent to come out in the evening so we’ve programmed a performance earlier in the day. You can come with or without your child. Please bear in mind that this is not a children’s show and it does contain adult themes.

  • Thu 8 Nov 11am performance
    Join us for a play in the theatre bar from 10.30am and stay after the show for a relaxing afternoon with your baby. Buggy park, changing facilities and soft play area with toys and books provided.
    Tickets £13 (FREE for babies)
    Older children are welcome at the carer’s discretion.

Age Guidance: 14+


Placebo will be accompanied by a series of talks, workshops and events which will delve deeper into many of the questions that the topic of ‘placebo’ inspires.

  • Tue 6 Nov 6pm - 7.15pm
    Workshop: Performing Medicine
    An introduction to Clod Ensemble’s pioneering arts programme for healthcare professionals.
  • Thu 1 Nov 6pm
    Panel discussion: Dance Yourself Better 
    What role can movement and dance play in improving health outcomes? Join us for a discussion with patients, health professionals and artists.
  • Wed 7 Nov Stay after the show for a Q&A with Artistic Directors Suzy Wilson and Paul Clark.

Please see this website page for updates of other Placebo contextual events in other venues including the British Library and the Wellcome Collection.

Production Credits
Direction & Choreography Suzy Willson
Music Paul Clark
Costume Design Art School
Image Credit Manuel Vason
Lighting Hansjörg Schmidt
Commissioned by The Place
Supported by Arts Council England and Wellcome Trust.

Times: 7.30pm
Venue: at The Place

This event is part of Autumn 2018

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