The Expedition is a performance which explores notions of site, narrative and journey. The performance begins by framing the world as being a very dangerous place indeed.

It's a nervous view which is heightened by the introduction of ice bergs, crevasses, freezing temperatures and sliding ice fields. 

Strange survival tactics - balloons which hold a last gasp of air, tin can telephones  allowing for a final message and an SOS written out with rice and pigeons - give the participants a small but vital glimmer of hope. 

This extreme landscape, where Antarctica confronts Stoke-on-Trent, is aided by excerpts from The Worst Journey in the World - the journal/expedition log by Apsley Cherry-Garrard, the youngest member of Scott's expedition to Antarctica.

The performance was commissioned for Conjunction12: The Art of Survival.