Show Calendar



 A Sadler's Wells Commission

Following an award-winning presentation at Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Clod Ensemble return with their "inventive, brilliant and beautifully haunting" production Under Glass.

At once medical laboratory, museum exhibit and gallery, Under Glass lifts characters out of the hurly burly of everyday life and frames their moments of solitude; examining human beings attempting, with varying success, to live within their limits.

Under Glass is experienced as a series of individual performance pieces that take place within a collection of jars and containers. Continuing Clod Ensemble's reputation for work that defies traditional categorisation, Under Glass blends visual imagery, choreography and an original score to create an animated exhibition of human life. 

Directed by Suzy Willson 

Music by Paul Clark 

Design by Sarah Blenkinsop 

Lighting by Hansjörg Schmidt  

Poetry by Alice Oswald 

Produced in association with Fuel

Supported by Wellcome Trust and Arts Council England

Q&A: A Closer Look

1 November 2017  20:45  Free to Under Glass ticket holders

Artistic directors Suzy Willson and Paul Clark will be joined by Prof Bobbie Farsides for a Q & A exploring the themes that inspired the award-winning performance. The event will question some of the philosophical ideas around the medical gaze, relational aesthetics, music and performance.

Drink and Draw:  Life Drawing

3 November 2017  19:30  £8.50

Blending art and anatomy, physiotherapy and dance, this life drawing session puts the human body, and the way it moves, on display. Artist and teacher Dan Whiteston partners with a physiotherapist and a dancer to lead this unique event. Beginners and seasoned sketchers alike will gain a new understanding of artistic and physiological viewpoints, witnessing up close the extraordinary possibilities of bodies trained for strength and flexibility.  This event includes a Bramble Collins Cocktail or soft drink.

General Information

Guests with Mobility Impairments

Guests who use a wheelchair or experience mobility impairments are asked to call the box office on 01273 678822 or email so that we can assist you to find the best seat to suit your requirements.


The Concessions rate is available for students. Proof of eligibility may be required on the door or at the box office (if collecting).

Personal assistance tickets are available for free for customers who would otherwise be unable to attend the venue. Please contact the box office on 01273 678822 or email for further information.

Box Office Opening Times

The box office (phone line and drop-in service) is open from 10am to 4pm, Mondays to Fridays. The box office is also open one hour before the advertised show start time.

Dates & Times

  • Wednesday 01 November, 2017
    6:30pm, 8:00pm
  • Thursday 02 November, 2017
    6:30pm, 8:00pm
  • Friday 03 November, 2017
    6:30pm, 8:00pm
  • Saturday 04 November, 2017
    3:30pm, 6:30pm


  • Adults
  • Concessions
  • Life Drawing: 3 Nov 7.30pm
Suitable for ages 14 +. Times listed are show start times - venue doors open one hour before.
Clod Ensemble: Under Glass
Wednesday 01 November  – Saturday 04 November

Clod Ensemble: Under Glass Tickets

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