Tues 31 Jan - Sat 4 Feb

7:30pm // 9pm

PLANES | Credits

Richard Dodwell

Timothy Thornton Performer/Composer

Nick Blackburn Director

Richard Dodwell and Timothy Thornton | Bio

Richard Dodwell

Richard is a writer, performance maker and painter based in London. His work and collaborations have been seen at a variety of national venues, from Glasgow International and Somerset House to Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club and Cam4. PLANES is his first major live work, in collaboration with the poet and composer Timothy Thornton. He is a founding member of theatre company Wolf Kid, has haunted the dark corners of David Hoyle’s cabaret nights with his incense burning, and recently made a film on the beach in Suffolk with the artist Paul Kindersley. He is interested in queer bodies and ways of communicating absence, selfhood and desire.


Timothy Thornton

Timothy is a composer, pianist, and writer, based in Brighton. He is interested in queer writing about water, cities, petrol, and ghosts, and in live music, done through collaboration, signalling, and gesture. He is one of three poets in the second volume of the resurrected Penguin Modern Poets series and has previously had books from presses like Barque, Shit Valley, and Mountain. For the last decade he has also been a member of various ensembles, a piano teacher, a choral director, an accompanist, a repetiteur, and occasionally a solo recitalist. He is co-founder of Brighton-based music/poetry series evenly and perversely and WHAT YOU NEED. His favourite night is bonfire night.


Sylvia Rimat | Bio

An owl tamer, a bear in red heels, a dancer from a bygone era: Sylvia Rimat creates
original solo performances with a pinch of the surreal.

Rimat deftly blends theatre and live art. She encourages her audience to interact playfully
with elements of video, new technologies, animals (imagined and real) and fragments of

Consciousness, memory and the imagination are recurring themes, coupled with personal
experiences and a process that begins with collaboration. Rimat works with specialists
from fields including Neuroscience, Mathematics, Psychology and Astrology, in the early
development of her shows. Her research culminates in intelligent, humorous performances that are equally entertaining and thought-provoking. Born in Germany, Sylvia Rimat is based in Bristol, UK. She performs in theatres and public spaces. Her work has been presented throughout the UK and internationally, including the British Council Showcase at Edinburgh Fringe Festival, London’s Barbican Centre in SPILL Festival, In Between Time Festival (Bristol) and in Australia, Denmark, Poland, Germany and Spain. Sylvia is a member of Residence in Bristol.


Post Show Conversation

Weds 01 Feb, 10pm.

Join Richard Dodwell and Sylvia Rimat after their shows PLANES and This Moment Now to discuss missing things, the passage of time and their process of making work.

Free with a ticket to that evening’s performance NOW 17.

Time and Ageing Workshop

Thurs 02 Feb, 10:30am, Hub67.

Artist Sylvia Rimat invites you to her workshop that sets out to explore how we perceive time, how time seems to speed up or slow down in certain situations and how this experience changes over a life time. We’ll also have a chat about how ageing relates to entropy and space time. Expect snippets of video, creative writing, talking, an experiment and most certainly some nice cups of tea.

This workshop is for people aged 50+ and is FREE.

To join please email: lara@theyardtheatre.co.uk


Richard Dodwell

PLANES is a live tuning into missing things. Using a single aircraft radio receiver, a lost man navigates instances of peculiar absence, from the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 to the suicide of his sister.

Flanked by two musicians and with live signals reverberating through the room, interference, as in most recollection, is likely. Timothy Thornton’s ghostly score is a network of procedures and failsafes designed to persist, just about. Part live memoir, part aerial sound piece, PLANES is a strange and searching show about finding a voice in the wreckage of everyday living.

PLANES, was developed at Battersea Arts Centre in July 2016 and supported by Arts Council England.

This Moment Now

Sylvia Rimat

This Moment Now playfully explores how we perceive time – as individuals and as audiences, in a performance and on a wider scale- considering various concepts of time.  

A drummer, a stage manager and a secret guest are the show’s protagonists. A woman in her nineties dances to the camera and a girl of eight tells us about being fast at doing the splits. Inspired by conversations with specialists of mathematics, physics and philosophy as well as people of varying ages, audiences should expect rhythms, dancing, videos and cups of tea.

Commissioned by ICIA University of Bath. Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. Further support by Institute of Physics, Joe Allard Commission, Cambridge Junction, Chelsea Theatre, Bristol Old Vic Ferment, Arnolfini and Residence.

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