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National tour of The Red Chair heads to Stratford

PUBLISHED: 08:00 19 April 2015 | UPDATED: 10:59 20 April 2015

Sarah Cameron in The Red Chair

Sarah Cameron in The Red Chair

Manuel Vason

An energetic play filled with larger than life characters, spoken in rhyme with a rich Scottish dialect, is heading to the Stratford Circus this week.

The Red Chair promises to draw the audience into the extraordinary world of one family overcome with trouble and turmoil.

A contemporary take on folk and fairytale storytelling traditions, it tells the story of a father who eats and eats until he turns into the chair he is sitting upon, the wife doomed to cook his meals and their ‘invisible’ daughter.

The plays has been created by the Clod Ensemble in collaboration with artist Sarah Cameron and is based on her original book.

Sarah said: “The story is really simple. It’s about a dysfunctional family. It starts with a young couple who receive a package on their doorstep which turns out to be a red chair.

“The man sits on it and he never gets up and eats himself into the chair. It’s a story about codependency, compassion and redemption.”

The play will take the audience on a journey through a landscape of twisted reason, extreme compulsion and eye watering complacency.

Sarah added that she was excited to be bringing the play in Stratford, saying: “It is such a great theatre and place to perform. We performed there last year and loved it. The audience are great and interactive.”

Sarah first worked with Clod Ensemble in 1999, touring their production of Greed internationally in 2003. Most recently she appeared in their production of Zero at Sadler’s Wells Theatre.

Director Suzy Willson said: “It is both mythic and contemporary, funny and heartfelt. It speaks of family and of ancestry - all the while conjuring up the wild beauty of the Scottish landscape.

“As well as being a virtuosic physical performer, Sarah is also a sculptor - the story felt to us like a kind of sculpture of words and we immediately wanted to hear and see her telling it.”

The play will be performed in Stratford Circus between April 23 and 26. It is suitable for anyone aged 14 and over. Tickets cost between £8 and £14. Visit stratford-circus.com for information.

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