Snails & Ketchup

Spiteful exchanges, punishments, pinpricks, SNAILS & KETCHUP is the last straw for this dysfunctional family!

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Inspired by Italo Calvino's 'The Baron in the Trees', SNAILS & KETCHUP is the darkly comic tale of a dysfunctional family and follows a son taking to the trees to live an arboreal existence, escaping his brutal home environment for the solace of the forest.

Powerfully told through solo performer Ramesh Meyyappan's masterful storytelling, it uses physical performance, an ingenious aerial set and aerial choreography, animation and a complementary live score to poignantly unfold the lives of a young boy and his sibling, from the traumatic birth of the twins to a typical family dinner... Ramesh's outstanding command of his own physicality and extensive imagination allows him to embody the four members of this quirky family. He reminds us that despite familial love being unconditional, it is sometimes impossible to co-exist with those we hold dear.

the celebrant of a peculiarly theatrical magic: a magic that rejects trickery, relying on imagination and consummate skill to perform miracles in plain view…so much more than a compelling visual performance – it is an exercise in expanding the human imagination and spirit.” The Flying Inkpot Singapore

“Rarely have I witnessed a piece of theatre that stunned me as much as Snails & Ketchup” Three Weeks” (5 stars – Edinburgh Fringe)

Nomination for Total Theatre Awards 2011

Winner – Life! Theatre Awards Best Actor 2011

Production Team

Created and Performed by Ramesh Meyyappan
Co-Devised by Ramesh Meyyappan & Hamish Pirie
Aerial Choreography: Jennifer Paterson & Lucy Deacon
Aerial Rigging / Production Management: Topher Dagg
Lighting Design: Alberto Santos Bellido
Animation: Marta Macková
Music Composition: Tze


SNAILS & KETCHUP has been commissioned for Unlimited, a project celebrating disability, arts, culture and sport on an unprecedented scale as part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.
 The project is principally funded by the National Lottery through the Olympic Lottery Distributor, and is delivered in partnership between London 2012, Arts Council England, Creative Scotland, Arts Council of Wales, Arts Council of Northern Ireland and the British Council. It is supported by Singapore International Foundation, Creative Scotland, the Esplanade (Singapore) and Made In Scotland.


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