Ménage à Trois
By Claire Cunningham and Gail Sneddon in partnership with National Theatre of Scotland.
Composer Matthias Herrmann
Designer Rachana Jadhav
Lighting Designer Karsten Tinapp
Costume Designer Kevin Pollard
Puppet Consultant Steve Tiplady
Dramaturg Davey Anderson
Sometimes I feel like a machine. I forget I was made to touch skin, to feel heat, breath, to have someone’s smile pressed into my neck. I wasn’t made to click. .But with you I click. We. Click. Like a clique, a trio, a Ménage à Trois.
In a private chamber, a lonely woman begins to craft the perfect man out of the only thing she knows - her crutches.
A hauntingly beautiful study of love, obsession, loneliness and manipulation, Ménage à Trois is a visually stunning piece of dance theatre from award-winning performer Claire Cunningham and choreographer/video artist Gail Sneddon. Set within an extraordinary, animated environment, it envelops the performers in a surreal, imaginary world.
This darkly humorous and deeply personal portrait explores Claire's twenty-year relationship with her crutches and asks if it's possible to find love when there are already three of you in the relationship.
Ménage à Trois was originally commissioned as part of the Unlimited programme as part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.
‘If this piece shimmers with the fantastical feel of a fairytale, it is rooted (with unwavering honesty) in Claire Cunningham's own thoughts and everyday life.'
***** The Herald
‘This fearless fierce and beautiful show...not many other artists in any discipline would put their lives on the line quite so frankly as Cunningham does...But then, not many people have the set of skills she has.'
**** The Times
Winner: Best Design- Critics Award for Theatre in Scotland (CATS) 2013
Part of Made in Scotland 2013
Part of British Council Edinburgh Showcase 2013
An age guide of 14+ is recommended.