A Graceful Act of Stupidity

By Tom Roden
Join our two flight attendants as they take you on a journey that slips seamlessly between the everyday and the poetic. Brace yourself for a playful, yet poignant ride on this most unusual aeroplane, fast-propelling you towards the inevitable from Tom Roden.

Building on our repertoire of duets, Candoco collaborates with New Art Club’s Tom Roden. Tom Roden draws on his experience across art-form as theatre-maker, comedian, choreographer and dancer in his beautiful new duet for Candoco. This is a piece that promises to make us laugh a lot and maybe even shed a tear too. In his guise as comedian, Tom is particularly keen to play with archetypes – he enjoys usurping people’s expectations and encouraging audiences to question the way they perceive the world.

Danced with charm and cheek, the two performers interweave delicious full-bodied dancing with spoken word, gestural detail and British Sign Language.

This masterful choreography is a microcosm of joy and pathos.

A Graceful Act of Stupidity is your entire life in a moment. It’s time to check-in.


Production details

Directed by

Tom Roden

Created and Performed by

Annie Edwards and Jemima Hoadley

Designed by

Will Holt

Music by

Christopher Preece

BSL Consultancy

Deepa Shah


All ages



Running Time

15 minutes


All ages