IOU's new interactive mobile stage production
IOU The Wheel is a moving mechanical sculpture
The Wheel is a mobile stage production and giant moving, remote-controlled sculpture. Within a gleaming self-propelled hub-less wheel, a miniature character walks inside, on a seemingly epic journey around the world, pole to pole.
An intriguing and intimate meditation on our sense of personal identity as we face the world. The thumb-sized character walks within the giant wheel which turns almost imperceptibly. The sculpture moves through the streets at a snail’s pace and audiences are invited to slow down, to look, contemplate, and imagine the possible narratives it inspires.
Audiences are able to share their own interpretations of The Wheel and of the lone character, through drawings, stories and poems. These are collected and displayed in a mobile gallery, which also acts as a way-marker, leading the way for the character and audiences, as it slowly travels along the road a little ahead of the Wheel itself. Here desk spaces and materials are provided for audiences to write or draw their thoughts and responses to the work – which will be displayed as part of a future exhibition.
UK Premiere of The Wheel
The UK premiere of The Wheel took place at Festival of Thrift, Billingham, Stockton- on-Tees, Saturday 23 September 2023.
Over 900 people saw performances with 100 engaged in live drawing sessions, creating stories and drawings of the Character on their journey and where they might be heading that were displayed there and then on the mobile Gallery.
See a selection of audience drawings HERE
Devised and designed by Artistic Director: David Wheeler
Maker, Designer: Andy Plant
Senior Producer: Joanne Wain
Assistant Producer & Performer: Lydia Murray
Technical Manager: Loui Binns
Fabrication: White Cross Ring Fabricators
Academic Research: Dr Fanta Camara, Institute of Safe Autonomy, University of York
Dr Darren Read, Senior Lecturer in Social Sciences University of York
Commissioned & Premiered by: Festival of Thrift