This event is a part of SNAPSHOTS, a strand of programming at MANIPULATE that presents works-in-progress at various stages of their development. Supported by SURGE Physical Theatre Bursary.

Lucy isn’t scared. Lucy isn’t lonely. Lucy is completely in control.

Lucy lives alone with her aquariums. Hundreds of them, filled with her fish friends – why would she ever need to leave? In Lucy’s dreams, she lives underwater, drifting with the fish through refracted light. But as reports increase on the news about rising sea levels, and the streets outside fill with protests, can she hide away forever?

tank is a one-woman show combining live performance, UV light, and digital animation, about choosing loneliness, becoming trapped by your own mind, and how trying to stay in control means you can soon spiral out of it. She might feel safer than ever, but Lucy doesn’t realise she’s just as trapped as the fish in her tanks.

And outside, the water is rising.

Alice and Zoë have been collaborators since graduating in 2016. Their work together includes The Gunning Sisters (Sloan’s), An Experiment Without a Voice (The Old Hairdressers), and The Caddie (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland), This is their first collaboration on a one-person show, melding music and movement in their unique and innovative style.

Alice’s independent directing credits include Book Walk with Jules Verne (Paisley Book Festival), Assessment (Rose Theatre), Men Should Weep (Webster’s Theatre), and Superhero Show (Aerial Edge).

Zoë is a writer and performer. Recently, she has created short film content over lockdown including Chamber 404 (Erin & Sun) and Granny Fenella (Imaginate). As a performer, her credits include There’s a Mouse in the House (Cumbernauld Theatre), Gulp! (The Bone Ensemble) and Comet (Physical Theatre).


Director & Co-creator / Alice Langley

Performer & Co-creator / Zoë Bullock

Composer & Sound Designer / Gary Cameron

Technical Consultant / Paul Wade


Tank is a part of our Digital Festival, through which you can experience boundary-pushing visually led performance and animation, broadcast direct to your home. Please note that you must have access to the internet and a laptop, tablet or similar device in order to attend this event.

Each event will receive a live ‘premiere’ as part of an evening line-up, and will be subsequently available to catch-up until midnight on Sunday 7 February. You can purchase a DAY 1 PASS which allows you premiere and catch-up access to all the works featured on that day.