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Suitcase Theatre: Ariadne’s Thread

29 October 2022
2:00 pm
6:00 pm

An immersive film installation exploring the moral dilemma about climate chaos and our personal and collective responsibility.

Ariadne’s Thread is a multimedia installation created during a week’s residency on ONCA Barge at Brighton Marina. A collaboration between theatre maker Tess Garrett, artist Gabby Dempster and film maker Jonah Jago, with 25 performers, the piece explores the moral dilemma about climate chaos and our personal and collective responsibility.

A person stands on the shore wearing an extraordinary coat, in which they find a hag stone and a ball of red thread:

“Here’s the crimson red which I spun… Where’s that from or leading me to? It’s long and caught up in … tangled into entwined into … threaded through and leading me into … a dark entrance. I’m caught in my own web. I’m stuck and cannot move on.”

The piece lasts around 20 minutes and will be shown on the hour and at half past between 2pm and 6pm – the last showing will be 5.30pm. Join at any time that you are able to. If you miss the start of the piece, sit down with a cup of tea or coffee on our upper deck and look out to sea while you wait for the next showing to start.

Due to its themes of climate breakdown and forced migration, this piece is not designed for family audiences but young people are welcome to attend with their parents.


Accessibility: The Barge is accessed via ramps from the boardwalk. The lower deck is not wheelchair accessible – it is reached via approximately 15 wide stairs. Please email with any access questions or requests.


ONCA Barge at Brighton Marina
The Waterfront
Brighton, BN2 5UU United Kingdom
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Please contact or 01273 607101 if you have specific access needs, please note the gallery is wheelchair accessible but the toilet is up five stairs. We have hearing assistive technology and our staff have Basic BSL & Deaf Awareness training. For more information about access and facilities at ONCA please click here.


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