Helen Marshall worked with The Clod Ensemble to produce and edit a short video installation and photographs of the Red Ladies that was featured at the Hackney Empire 2006 and at the ICA in 2008. The Clod Ensemble is a theatre and performance company whose range of work, “defies simple classification” (The Stage). Since its formation in 1995, the company has created a huge range of performance projects, workshops and events across the UK and internationally.
Red Ladies is an ongoing performance piece featuring a group of identically dressed women. Red Ladies keep an eye on things. They observe. They witness. They gather evidence. They place sites of political importance and key landmarks under surveillance. They watch the watchers. Red Ladies remain silent unless it is necessary to speak. They have a repertoire of love songs including the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights.
“The Clod Ensemble’s witty new work, Red Ladies, is not plot driven so much as post modern mosaic… a reference strewn meditation on the crowd or dramatic chorus” Time Out