"Tethered" is about family ties, bonding, umbilical cords and heartstrings. It's about how we often express our connections with our families, particularly those family members we have caring responsibilities for (young or old) through images of ties, cords or strings. It explores why this might be.

"Tethered" explores how ties can root us but also sometimes limit us. For Gill, who made and performs the piece, it's about solo parenting. For you, it might be about something else.

It was commissioned by BS13 Theatre Company, funded by Dundry View Wellbeing Fund, and was first performed as a play for three actors at Zion Community Arts Space in 2015 as part of an evening of new writing called ‘In My Shoes’ (Directed by Bryn Holding and featuring Charlotte Ellis, Alex Gartshore & Annette Chown).

It was developed and performed as a piece of performance art work-in-progress as part of Fringe Arts Bath 2017, was discussed at a Demostage event curated by MAYK in April 2018.

An extract from Tethered was filmed as part of Back to Back Theatre's international film project "The Democratic Set" in collaboration with Bristol producers collective In Between Time and Knowle West Media Centre in July 2018.

It was presented at Bristol's City Hall for International Women's Day in 2019, at the Bristol Old Vic for Mothers Who Make also in 2019 and was presented in June 2019 at the Wardrobe Theatre, with support from Heidi Hollis (dramaturgy), Vic Hole (choreography) and Evan Lordan (direction).

Photography: Paul Blakemore


Wardrobe Theatre

Sun 30th June 2019, 6pm

for Sharp Teeth

International Women's Day 2019

Sat 2nd March

City Hall, Bristol

Bristol Old Vic

Wed 13th March 2019

for Mothers Who Make

Fringe Arts Bath Festival

5th, 6th & 7th June 2017

‘In My Shoes’ Festival of  New Writing,

Zion Community Arts Space

12th September 2015