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Safe House, created by award winning Metro-Boulot-Dodo, is a spectacular site specific, large-scale outdoor performance that explores the significance of home and the importance of being part of a community.

Using large-scale projections, the show starts with an exhilarating race through streets and neighbourhoods familiar to the audience, to this particular, mysterious house. A figure appears on the roof, climbs precariously onto the chimney and begins to share the house’s story. The audience is taken on a surreal and poetic journey as rooms, memories and characters are revealed: from the perfect couple moving into their ideal home, to a child who imagines her surroundings as an enchanted castle, a teenager desperate to escape and an old lady who can’t leave.

Aerialists scale the walls and pound the streets as the house dramatically transforms into a variety of stunning visual backdrops. Finally, the home begins to crumble and a harried adult realises that it is time to stop running… Safe House explores the emotional space that lies between HOUSE and HOME, and follows one person’s journey to find their home. A breath-taking finale combines aerial performance with an exhilarating quick frame animation of hundreds of photographs taken from local participants in a place they call home.

Metro-Boulot-Dodo, known for their emotionally engaging narratives and haunting soundtracks are collaborating artistically on Safe House with Wired Aerial Theatre and Draw and Code part of the team responsible for the international success ‘As The World Tipped.’

Metro-Boulot-Dodo – Artistic Direction
Event International – Producer
Wired Aerial Theatre – Aerial Design & Choreography
Draw and Code – Animation

Metro-Boulot-Dodo is known for a unique blend of live performance, original soundtrack and cutting edge new media. Artistic Directors MBD have created a number a number of outdoor shows since its conception in 1997 including communication breakdown and winter which toured throughout the UK and Internationally to huge success.

Wired Aerial Theatre has been creating aerial performance shows since 1999 to many different locations around the world. Their most recent large scale outdoor show, ‘As the World Tipped’ is now in its 4th year of touring and has performed almost 40 shows.

Andy Cooper is a director of Liverpool based, DRAW & CODE, and has a wealth of experience of animation and film creation of all scales. Andy Cooper was part of the team who created the projected backdrops for Wired Aerial’s internationally successful show, “As The World Tipped”.

Frank Wilson has over 25 years’ experience as a creator, curator and producer of outdoor events and festivals both in the UK and abroad. Since the end of 1999 these have been delivered through his company, Event International.


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Commissioners and Partners
Commissioned by Without Walls
Norfolk & Norwich Festival
Stockton International Riverside Festival
Co-commissioned by Greenwich+Docklands International Festival
Brighton Festival
Leicester City Council


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