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Common Salt

Common Salt
Sheila Ghelani and Sue Palmer

Common Salt is a performance around a table – a ‘show and tell’. It explores the colonial, geographical history of England and India taking an expansive and emotional time-travel, from the first Enclosure Act and the start of the East India Company in the 1600s, to 21st century narratives of trade, race and culture.

Sue and Sheila activate insights into our shared past, laying out a ‘home museum’ of objects and stories; of the Great Hedge of India, of borders, and collections – all accompanied by original Shruti box laments.

Common Salt is a reckoning; the interconnectedness between history, empire, nature and memory is hidden in plain sight.

“Common Salt … was exquisite … A miniature with epic undertones.”

“Intruiging and mesmerising”

“Like reading a book in 3D real life”
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Supported using public funds by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.


We seat up to 25 people around the table for each performance.

13 x full price tickets @ £5

12 x concession tickets @ £2.50 (students, over 60s and those in receipt of benefits)

Performances are at 11.30 – 12.30 and 2.30 – 3.30.

Please contact us if you have any problem booking tickets through ‘Contact the organiser’ and we will help sort it out.

Common Salt lasts for 65 minutes. You are welcome to stay to talk with us after the show.

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