Created by Louise Ann Wilson + Wils Wilson
Written by Simon Armitage
Composed by Scanner
Produced by wilson+wilson
HOUSE transformed two nineteenth-century terraced houses in the centre of Huddersfield into an extraordinary performance event, combining theatre, installation, poetry, music and sound.
'The House company has made these collapsing walls breathe and speak, tell stories, weep tears, pulsate with anger, yield up its secrets.'
Lyn Gardner, The Guardian ****
An audience of 15 journeyed from room to room, from stone cellar to airy attic, discovering characters, piecing together fragments of stories, examining objects, immersed in a world of stunning images, and captivating sounds and music. House evoked powerful memories and emotions, as well as exploring ideas of evolution, expedition, scientific investigation and religious belief.
After months of searching, numbers 2 and 3 Goldthorpe’s Yard were made available to the company by property developers Kirklees-Henry Boot. Breaking down the door one April morning the team discovered two houses full of relics of former inhabitants. Many of these original objects became important inspirations for the piece, coupled with a process of meticulous research, which uncovered the site’s fascinating past. Unexpected links with nineteenth-century naturalist Seth Mosley, Charles Darwin and the former Methodist mission next door became central to the development of House.
Think of a time before writing, before science, before history – retrace your steps in reverse along the route, back to the caves and the animal skins, back to the magic men with the heads of birds and the thunderbolts of Gods stabbing the earth with long prongs of fire. Feel the curve of your back, feel the fur on your arms, the hair on your hands, hold the shell of a nut in the palm of your foot, move from tree to tree with the flick of the tail, cover acres of ground on all fours...
'I cannot recommend House too highly...Remarkable and beautifully executed event...like a holiday from your workaday life, balm for the soul'
Charles Spencer, The Daily Telegraph
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