Vessel is the new work by Sue MacLaine Company, written and directed by Sue MacLaine with dramaturgical guidance and co-direction by Jonathan Burrows.
Vessel begins with the medieval practice of Anchoritism; undertaken mostly by women who live a life confined and defined by a locked cell housed within a church; a miniature world of morality, scrutiny and spiritual survival.
Vessel tangles with contemporary notions of seclusion and inclusion, exploring the politics, power and privilege of withdrawal and silence, and the challenge of remaining necessarily human in the face of adversity.
The work has been co-commissioned by the Attenborough Centre for Creative Arts and Battersea Arts Centre with support from University of Manchester and The Place. The research & development was funded by Arts Council England and a small bursary from The Pebble Trust. Photographs by Paul Blakemore.