vessel is about how we gain and maintain stability in the unstable world of contested narratives, alternative facts and irreversible consequences.

The text, offered through a polyphony of four diverse voices, provokes contemplation of agency, privilege and representation by placing the domestic within the global and the private within the collective.

Vessel takes the medieval practice of Anchoritism, which saw women choosing a life of confinement within a locked cell housed within a church, to ask the across-centuries question of where can spaciousness be found?

Vessel will be performed by a diverse cast of four women - Karlina Grace-Paseda, Tess Agus, Angela Clerkin and Kailing Fu. The performance uses creative captioning throughout, designed by digital artist Giles Thacker, and will bring together lighting and set designer Ben Pacey, choreographer Seke Chimutengwende and sound designer Owen Crouch with costumes by Holly Murray and dramaturgy by Jonathan Burrows.

The Cast

Kailing Fu originally trained at the University of Singapore and then completed an MA in Performance Making at Goldsmiths London. She has particular expertise in Butoh having trained with Yoshito Ohno in Japan and Marie-Gabrielle Roti here in the UK. She recently appeared in the Marras.tarrab production of Roller at London’s Barbican Centre.

Angela Clerkin is an actor, writer and theatre maker with an exemplary and extensive c.v. having worked with many fantastic people and theatre companies including: Rose English, Neil Bartlett, Bryony Lavery, Julia Bardsley, Katie Mitchell, Improbable, Chris Goode & Co, Shunt, Coney and many more. Her own most recent production The Secret Keeper was seen at London’s Oval House.

Tess Agus is a director, writer, performer and recent graduate of the MA in Directing programme at the Guildford School of Acting. She is co director of company Bee in My Beanie.

Karlina Grace-Paseda Karlina Grace-Paṣeda was a former professional dancer whose career pinnacled with the award-winning top ten 90’s club band ‘JX’. Since becoming an actor Karlina has performed at The National Theatre where she was directed by acclaimed theatre directors Rufus Norris and Richard Eyre, performed the one-woman show ‘Sarai’ at Arcola Theatre and the 5-star production ‘Custody’ created by Urbain Hayo & written by Tom Wainwright. Most recently her work includes new film ‘Distant Teardrops’ by acclaimed director N.Padamakumar and as choreographer for theatre company Interrupt the Routine latest production of ‘The Gin Chronicles’.


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