Overnight, a strange portal emerges: a mysterious form has burst through the ground and an opening is visible at the top. Slowly, displaced people begin to emerge. Where do they go now? How do we respond to them?


In this unique durational performance piece, which evolves over the course of each day, Tangled Feet questions how we all cope with standing on the edge of enormous uncertainty. Has this state of emergency become the new normal?

past dates


  • Jul 2nd2016

    GDIF - Woolwich, General Gordon Square

    SE18 6HD, Woolwich - 4pm-9pm The Welcoming at 5.40pm and 8:40pm


  • Jun 26th2016

    Imagine Watford Festival - The High Street

    WD17 1JZ, Watford - 12:30pm-6:05pm The Welcoming at 2:45pm & 5:45pm


  • May 28thto29th2016

    Brighton Festival - The Level, Union Road

    BN2 9SA, Brighton - 12pm-8:05pm The Welcoming at 7:45pm


Audience feedback

“ As always Tangled Feet’s work was bold, emotional and an event that wowed the Watford residents. This piece in particular felt perfectly timed with the notion on what it means to belong and immigration at its heart. Several members of the audience were moved to tears throughout and children and adults readily joined in when invited. Wonderful. ” - Harriet Mackie, Imagine Watford Producer - “ "Emerge/ncy in Watford was great today. Top work. Really lovely, and brave in so many ways!" ” - @cjlines - “ "Emerge/ncy - timely, poignant and moving" ” - @jampota - “ "Hypnotic, moving & fun with loads of powerful images. Come back to Brighton soon!" ” - @joeagle -

Emergency is a collaboration with Designers Alex Rinsler (Giants Foundary) and Mike De Buts (Shipshape Arts). 


Emerge/ncy was developed with the support of the Without Walls consortium.

They supported this Production

Arts Council England
The Hanley Trust
Conisbee Structural Engineers

Touring in 2017/18

Book this production or talk to us about a new collaboration

The story of displacement is set to continue. In response Emergency will tour for future years. Download the info pack below or contact us for more details

Emerge/ncy Information Pack
  • So much more than theatre”

    So much more than theatre”

    Everything Theatre
  • Tangled Feet offer a glimpse of magic”

    Tangled Feet offer a glimpse of magic”

    Lyn Gardner, The Guardian
  • a truly transformative experience”

    a truly transformative experience”

    Children's Theatre Reviews
  • Tangled Feet, the masters of physical theatre”

    Tangled Feet, the masters of physical theatre”

    The Independent
  • inspiring, engaging… beautifully evocative.”

    inspiring, engaging… beautifully evocative.”

    Everything Theatre
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