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Each audience member is blindfolded. They are then individually hugged by a singer. Unable to visually gauge their surroundings, participants experience the performance through sound, breath and vibrations of the body as the choir of voices deliver the song. Playing with sense and perspective, HUG is a unique examination of the human voice’s power over our emotions.

Ellie has been performing in Verity Standen's Hug since it's first outing in 2010.

Hug was the winner of the 2016 Offies TBC award for unconventional theatre.

Hug is currently having a well earned rest but watch this space for future performances... erupts around you in what is described as a choral sound-bath. It’s startling, moving and genuinely immersive.
Lyn Gardner, The Guardian
To feel somebody’s thorax vibrate as they tackle an elaborate countermelody feels like the most immediate, visceral experience of music as human expression possible, not just hearing the music but feeling it physically coarse through you, your whole body singing like an antenna to heaven.
Andrzej Lukowski, Time Out

Photo credit: Hug photo - Tom Spencer