Sarah Dobai & Tom McCarthy, Bees in a Hive of Glass, 2017. Image courtesy the artists and TANK magazine

Sarah Dobai & Tom McCarthy
Bees in a Hive of Glass


The entrance to the South Quay Boat Shed is through a roller door and wheelchair users are advised to arrive 10 minutes early for prioritised access. Contact us at or phone 07957 575794 for more information.

A new performance which takes the form of a photographic shoot taking place in a live context, and featuring a new prose poem by novelist Tom McCarthy.

The performance will take place in vitrine-like spaces, reminiscent of acoustic pods, as found in office environments. In these spaces models enact improvised and rehearsed actions and behaviours that explore the architectural use of glass to divide and demarcate space.

The writing and the performance reflect in parallel on the use of glass – impermeable yet transparent – to hinder the transmission of sound and create areas of display and enactment which contrast with the surrounding space, which is characterised as offstage / offside.

The poem, produced through the cut-up technique, will be delivered as a recording of its reading which will be accompanied by  a dynamic soundscape.

Thanks to Sohrab Golsorkhi-Ainslie, Lloyd Barker at Direct Lighting and Malcolm Quinn at Chelsea College of Art.

This event is repeated. The South Quay Boatshed will open at 15:00 and at 17:00.
Please arrive promptly, the doors will be closed when the performance begins.

With thanks to

Sarah Dobai & Tom McCarthy