Taking as its starting points sources as varied as the graphic novel, 50s British Cinema and Baroque music, Kellerman tells the story of a man who is continually haunted by the traumatic events of his past. Induced into hypnosis, he is transported into the psychological landscape of a hospital, where, through shifting perspectives and transforming genres, a man is brutally murdered by a fellow patient, a nurse takes her own life and the river bursts its banks, flooding all the wards.
Kellerman is an ambitious new work marking an important moment in the company’s development: it has a magnificent two-storey set designed by Laura Hopkins, which incorporates a revolving stage, flying harnesses, moving masks and stunning back and front projections. Within this extraordinary set, the narrative is played across filmed scenes and live action, building on and extending the exciting explorations that took place in the company’s previous work: the highly acclaimed Hotel Methuselah (currently touring internationally). Perverse, erotic, poetic and grotesque, Kellerman is a meditation on desire, loss and the structures that bind us to the lives we believe to be real.
Kellerman is supported by Arts Council England and has been commissioned by ICIA, Bath, Nuffield Theatre, Lancaster and Cochrane Theatre, London. It has also been supported by Leeds Metropolitan University Gallery and Studio Theatre, Lantern House and Lancaster Institute for Contemporary Arts.