The Look of the Thing
at Wilton's Music Hall, Shoreditch Town Hall, and Northern Stage
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Sam Lawrence [image: Sarah Dixon]


"The Look of the Thing @wiltonsmusichall does mesmerising things with bodies, words and time in a beautiful survivor space." Ben Walters [Time Out]

"I very much enjoyed this site specific work. The Look of the Thing took place in a school I am familiar with, however, the performance led me through the building in quite a different way, sensually, poetically, and unexpectedly. It was a beautiful experience." Mark Baldwin [Artistic Director, Rambert Dance Company]

"The Look of the Thing by Hannah Bruce and Company was a beautiful and enriching experience for us at Wilton's and judging from the rave reviews from our audiences it was for them too. The rehearsal process was very creative and enjoyable, the company is very talented and so lovely to work with. If you get a chance to see this company live, make it a priority." Frances Mayhew [Director, Wilton's Music Hall]


January 2013: Northern Stage, Newcastle.

October 2012: Wilton's Music Hall, London. Europe's only surviving Grand Music Hall.

October 2012: The derelict basement of Shoreditch Town Hall, London. As part of the Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust Award.

July 2012: The Courtyard, Surface to Air's new building for Langford Primary School, Parsons Green, London.

December 2011: 40 Clarence Mews, Hackney. A family home / dance studio designed by architect Ed Frith and choreographer Caroline Salem.

Unusual Spaces

The Look of the Thing is a site-responsive performance for unusual spaces. It uses our bespoke TlotT App to immerse audiences in an intense, individual world, sensitising them to their surroundings. Each individual, alone but within a group, is invited on a personal adventure that merges exploration, voyeurism and history.


You can listen to the trailer we made for the Clarence Mews version in Hackney below. It features Helen Longworth (voice), Victoria Bernath (viola), Jonathan Eato (saxophone), Tom Adams (guitar), and Simon Goulding (bass). The text is by Matt Morrison and Jonathan Eato is the composer / sound designer. It works best with headphones.


The Look of the Thing has been awarded R&D funding by the Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust and featured in a mini-festival co-produced by The Barbican, CREATE and Shoreditch Town Hall. It has been supported using public funding by Arts Council England.

The idea was runner-up for Title Pending (the Northern Stage Award for New Theatre 2012), leading to a "Time in Two" residency and performances at the theatre in January 2013.