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Storytelling and Music Workshop with Thomas McCarthy | On The High Road at Oxford Playhouse

On The High Road by Clod Ensemble
Monday 20th & Tuesday 21st May, 7:30pm

On The High Road is a highly interdisciplinary experience featuring a cast of acclaimed dancers, actors and singers, including the 2019 Gradam Ceoil Singer of the Year, Thomas McCarthy. The stark monochrome design, kaleidoscopic movement and exhilarating music conjures a feverish end of epoch atmosphere. At once dance, theatre and gig – On The High Road’s turbulent blend of movement and music defies categorisation.

"Dizzying, transfixing—some kind of genius... I often found myself doubting if the choreography was humanly possible.” British Theatre Guide
"The quality of the performance is astonishing and unforgettable." The Scotsman on Clod Ensemble

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Storytelling and Music Workshop with Thomas McCarthy
Tuesday 21 May, 2:30pm - 4:30pm 

£3 - book here.

Oxford Playhouse, 11-12 Beaumont St, Oxford OX1 2L


Ballad traditions are the place where storytelling and music meet. The songs in Clod Ensemble’s new performance On The High Road deal with stories of travel and change, with tales of people moving home and meeting new people on their journey.

As well as learning songs as a group, participants in this workshop will learn to write their own songs or adapt existing tunes to their own lyrics.

This workshop is led by award-winning Irish singer Thomas McCarthy, recipient of the Singer of the Year at the 2019 Irish Traditional Music Awards (Gradam Ceoil). He was described by the judges as “one of the most exciting and moving voices singing today... an ambassador for traveller singing.”

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On The High Road by Clod Ensemble is at Oxford Playhouse on 20th & 21st May. Workshop participants will receive a discount ticket code to see On The High Road.


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