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terra / earth by Nell Leyshon, choreography by Anthony Missen


terra / earth by Nell Leyshon, choreography by Anthony Missen

A group of classmates is torn apart by the opportunity to perform their own dance. As they disagree and bicker, two distinct physical groups emerge and separate into opposing teams.

When a strange outsider appears – out of step with everyone else – the divide is disrupted. A contemporary narrative dance piece about individuality, community and heritage.

Cast size: 10 – 50

Why I wrote this play

‘I wanted to write a play that used the language of the body as well as the tongue. The point where text meets movement is a fascinating place to explore, and I thought it important to engage young people who might not be interested in straight performance, but something more dynamic. I also wanted to address how many judgements we make when we meet new people, both conscious and unconscious.’


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Nell Leyshon

Nell Leyshon is an award-winning playwright and novelist. Her plays include Comfort me with Apples, which won an Evening Standard Award, and Bedlam, the first play written by a woman to be performed at Shakespeare’s Globe. Nell also writes for BBC Radio 3 and 4, and her first radio play, Milk, won the Richard Imison Award. Her first novel, Black Dirt, was long-listed for the Orange Prize and The Colour of Milk has been published worldwide. She taught creative writing for many years with marginalised communities, and is a trustee of the Globe Theatre.

Anthony Missen

Anthony is a Clore Fellow, and FRSA.

He received formal training at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance and went onto dance with companies including Scottish Dance Theatre, Mad Dogs Dance Theatre, Cie. Willi Dorner (Vienna), and choreographers including Rui Horta, Didi Veldman and Liv Lorent.

He was Movement Director for Dundee Reps 2007 production of Playhouse Creatures, their 2008 production of Romeo and Juliet, and the 2015 Production of Oresteia at HOME Manchester.

He has taught in most major British contemporary dance institutions, to several professional dance companies and in many countries including South Africa, Ethiopia, Israel, Trinidad, Morocco, Sweden, Spain, France, Italy, Germany and Austria. He has led many Choreographic and skills-based Residencies.

Anthony is a founding member of New Movement Collective.

He co-founded Company Chameleon in 2007, producing and choreographing critically acclaimed performance works both for the stage and outdoor contexts. He has developed many successful educational programmes in different countries, with a particular focus on young men, disadvantaged children, and children at risk.

He has made touring works for La Mov (Spain), Norrdans (Sweden) and most recently Ballett-Theater Chemnitz (Germany).

Anthony has facilitated a number of strategy meetings for The National Theatre and Jerwood DanceHouse Ipswich.