A dance theatre work about weight and gravity

Touring 2018

Loaded performed as part of Fun Palace weekend of Arts and Science events at The Old Rep, Birmingham from 5-6 October 2017. The production was supported by artist’s residencies at The Old Rep and at The Place, London as part of Choreodrome 2017.

Funded by Arts Council England, Ernest Cook Fund, British Science Association and Unity Trust to develop an extensive education and participation programme alongside Loaded. In collaboration with Scribbled Thought, Ormiston Academies Trust and The Old Rep, Birmingham. See LOADED EDUCATION under TEACHING page.

Initially a co-production between out of Inc and Scribbled Thought theatre, with support from Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, we presented a first showing of ideas premiered at Jacksons Lane Theatre, London 5 – 8 March 2014, with a follow-up research and development grant from Arts Council England in July 2015.

For more info contact Steph Connell, producer: steph@scribbledthoughttheatre.co.uk

Loaded is a raucously funny, heart-stirring, and intellectually provocative synthesis of movement and narrative

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Gravity shapes us. From birth to death, what bodies can do is bound by what they weigh. Things fall, softly or heavily, constantly or all at once. Some things are too heavy to carry, or to lift. Some things carry us.

combines an evocative original soundscape with texts ranging from ancient literature to modern science. Its eight performers use planks, sandbags as well as each other to explore how bodies and structures learn to bear loads – or fall apart. Violent, lyrical and funny, Loaded is a startling new show about the mechanics of weight and what happens when we face the limits of our strength.

Directed by Sinéad and choreographed by Vicki Manderson (National Theatre of Scotland) and Neil Bettles (Frantic Assembly), Loaded boasts a dynamic young international cast and creative team who hail from Mexico, Hong Kong, Germany, Italy as well as the UK.


Rose Riley
Gabriele Lombardo
Sophie Dessauer
Rachel Leah Stock
Mathias Asplund

Original cast includes: Alice Hewkin, Sundi Scott, Charlène Ségeral,Tai Yin Chan, Matthew Churcher, Maria Penella Gomez

Creative team

Choreography: Vicki Manderson, Neil Bettles, Sandra Harnisch-Lacey
Producer: Steph Connell
Design: Rosie ElNile
Sound design: Alexandre Kosanke
Lighting design: Colin Grenfell
Stage management & production: Caitlin O’Reilly
Aerial consultant: Drew Hewett at Fantastico

Thanks to

Guy Dartnell, Frauke Franz, Martin Gent, Dr. Vijay Timms, Rebecca Dickson Black, Sarah French, Drew Hewett at Fantastico and Circus Space.