The Bed

Our Bed knows us best of all. It is holder of our dreams, comforter of our tears. It soaks up our blood, our sweat, and caresses us in the heat of our passions. It confines us. Heals us. Welcomes us when we arrive, and is the last to say goodbye to us when we leave. Here we are all naked. The Bed sees through all our disguises.

The Bed is the journey of a woman and is a celebration of some of the most potent times in her life. The times of changeover. Her gateway times from One to Other.

Using mask, puppetry, clown, visceral physical performance and a hypnotic original sound-score, we delve into the dream world, the physical world and everything in between. The Bed is the first theatrical endeavour from Lady Strong’s Bonfire. Combining the talents of Tomasin Cuthbert (Soap Soup Theatre), Tessa Bide (Tessa Bide Productions) and Liz Hart (Bric a Brac Productions), we offer up a feast of personal, funny, and gorgeous visual theatre.

During our research and development period we collected stories about peoples’ relationships with, and experiences of, their beds. Our team bridged a 50 year age gap and we collaborated with experts from Jungian Psychology and women’s mental health. Inspired by our research findings and grown from our own life experiences, The Bed is restless, passionate and bare, celebratory, upbeat and full of song.

The Bed received Arts Council England funding and backing from Circomedia and Self-Injury Support before entering a research period in Aug-Oct 2014. The show will go into it’s final development in March and April of this year, before going on tour throughout 2016.

“…in my younger years many nights I woke up feeling I was falling from a mountain…and it turned out to be that I was sleeping on the edge of the bed.”

“even when I can’t sleep, I never blame my bed”

Quotes from a research survey conducted in August 2014


We are currently booking a tour for The Bed, please sign up to our mailing list for updates when we release the dates. 

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Photos from performances at The Wardrobe Theatre, May 2016. Photography by Paul Blakemore photography.

The Bed project is partnered by Self Injury Support and has been funded by The Arts Council of England