“By inviting us to relax and listen,
and to look up rather than along the horizontal plane that we mostly operate in, Lorna Rees has given us a marvellous gift. The stories she tells are beguiling and beautifully woven together....the whole experience is delightful”
"I drifted away just like the clouds and realised it's all going to change and your really never know what's literally round the corner".
The Point Eastleigh
"A wonderful calming contemplative experience... thank you for making the first Festival of the Sky so special!"
Festival of the Sky, 2019
CLOUDSCAPES is a duologue for performer and clouds. It is set in an outdoor auditorium — a cloud-gazing area for either 30 or 60 people (depending on covid restrictions).
Whilst Lorna tells stories of her relationship with the troposphere and the journey of a lifetime with her father, audiences are encouraged to look up and contemplate the mutability of clouds, as well as the mutability of humanity. Even the most seemingly featureless skies provide plentiful material.
In 2020, Gobbledegook worked with CSS Teatro stabile di innovazione del Friuli Venezia Giulia in Italy with performer Roberta Colacino to translate and perform Cloudscapes, which ran for 20 performances in July and August.
Cloudscapes was also brought to Greenwich and Docklands International Festival (GDIF)
In 2018 they were selected to perform Cloudscapes at the biennial Caravan International Showcase for the best of new English Contemporary Performance work.
Gobbledegook are spending the next few years making (often very personal and human-scale) work about clouds, with a particular focus on the role of clouds in climate change. CLOUDSCAPES, which is part-installation, part-performance forms just part of our dialogue with and about clouds as the continuation of this piece forms part of a multi-year project, looking at the sky. During 2020 Cloudscapes was re-formed as Cloudscapes at Home - for more on that please go here.
If you are interested in booking CLOUDSCAPES, please click here for our tour pack.
For more information about the narrative of Cloudscapes, you can visit the blog of our Cloudspotting journey across America:
Read the full feature about Cloudscapes and Inside Out's Hengistbury Headlines by Total Theatre Magazine
Cloudscapes is made in collaboration with artist Heidi Steller http://www.heidisteller.co.uk with sound recorded and edited by Jo Tyler of SoNiche Productions, and our touring and development producer was Kate McStraw. Dramaturgical support was from John Grindrod , Zoe Svendsen and meteorologists and scientists involved in the study of climate change. Cloudscapes was commissioned by Inside Out Dorset and supported by Arts Council England.