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Jaz Woodcock Stewart & Morgann Runacre-Temple presents


Jaz Woodcock-Stewart from award-winning company Antler collaborates with critically acclaimed choreographer Morgann Runacre-Temple.

A hairdryer, an oven, a letter opener. The local church, fiscal policy and Marie Kondo’s folding technique. Civilisation is about the things we’ve lost and the things we’ve built. Civilisation is a day in the life of a woman following a tragic event. An experiment in theatrical realism and contemporary dance.

From the creator behind critically acclaimed Lands, Civilisation is a sideways look at the untheatrical reality of loss. Music by ABBA and Bach.


“Complex, raw and insensibly smart, I could watch it for ever” – The Guardian

“Civilisation stays in the head long after its over” – The Stage

“It’s got such scale and ambition and within that, so much nuance. Just does not let you go” – Chris Thorpe


Performed by Sophie Steer, Emily Thompson-Smith, Brannon Yau, Imogen Alvares and Seda Yildiz

Directed by Jaz Woodcock-Stewart
Choreography by Morgann Runacre-Temple and the company
Produced by Antler
Designed by Charlotte Espiner
Lighting Designer Alex Fernandes
Associate Producer Eve Allin
Developed with Claire Gaydon, Laura Lorenzi, Fern Grimbley, Riley Wolf, Jack Anderson, Gabriella Schmidt, Amy Drew

Supported by New Diorama Theatre, HOME Manchester and Battersea Arts Centre

Image Credit (c) Alex Brenner