Venous Return – taken at the flood

“There is a tide in the affairs of men
Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune;
Omitted, all the voyage of their life
Is bound in shallows and in miseries.
On such a full sea are we now afloat;
And we must take the current when it serves,
Or lose our ventures.”
William Shakespeare – Julius Cesar


Blood, tides, the circulation of the elements, the circulation of the stuff of our lives. Part installation, part performance, part playful experiment this theatrical work leads its audience through physical and emotional spaces to experience the relationship between our body and our world, internal flows and external currents.


Director: Kate Stones

Performers: Mici Boxell, Nicholas Cobbold, Kyra Drummond, Sarah Goninon, Kelly Hartland, Yvette Keane, Carolyn Love, Kate Prendergast, David Smith, Samuel Thompson, John Willis

Costumes and set design: Shanrah Austin

Videography and projections: Leonie Van Eyck

Sound design: Jacques Soddell

Original music: Ben Dubuc-Timson

Lighting: Remy Brannon

Creative Producer: John Willis