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Lives of Clay


  • 16-17 September 2023
  • Poole

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If clay could talk, what would it say? Stories of women from ancient myth and modern life are brought vividly to life through thrilling classical Indian dance, live ceramics, original music and half a ton of clay.

Dance, music and live ceramics combine in a unique theatrical event, rooted in ancient myth and reflecting the creative force of women. Internationally renowned as a Bharata Natyam dancer, Vidya Thirunarayan is also a prominent ceramicist, and in 2015 began combining these skills in performance. Through dancing with clay and throwing pots on stage she found a new way to tell stories rich with drama and emotion.

‘Prajapati’, Sanskrit for potter, represents both the supreme creator and the lowest of the low; a duality that has inspired this intriguing new work.

Lives of Clay is a vivid and vital theatre experience, full of heart and made of mud. A memorable, mesmerising, and magical production.

Directed by Tim Supple, choreographed by Debbie Fionn Barr, designed by Julie Landau, with original text by Vayu Naidu and score by Barry Ganberg.


Events on Poole High Street are easily accessible. They will take place on flat, hard-standing road and pavement with accessible viewing areas available. There are Changing Places and Accessible Toilets nearby, as well as Blue Badge parking.

On Saturday 17 September there will be tactile tours and audio description available. Volunteers will be on hand to provide help and information.

Plan Your Visit

Poole High Street – By Sainsbury’s entrance (What3Words ///comb.gallons.guilty)

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