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On The Scent

Performed by Leslie Hill, Helen Paris and Lois Weaver

Have you ever been taken unawares by something in the air - transported to another place and time by an intangible but achingly familiar scent? On the Scent explores the elusive connections between smell and memory. The performance takes place in a domestic setting through which four audience members at a time are invited on intimate and aromatic journeys. Scents mingle and intertwine in the living-room, kitchen and bedroom as three distinctly different performers exude haunting, darkly humorous and seductive essences throughout the house.

"...the ordinariness of the domestic setting is transcended and transformed into something quite extraordinary. Well worth a sniff."
The Guardian

A 3 min excerpt from a live performance of On the Scent, 2004.  (Total running time 40 minutes).



'Homesick' is an excerpt from audience interviews taped during On the Scent. Curious have over 2,000 smell memories in their archive, recorded since 2003 in 14 different countries.

Project DVD available from the Artsadmin shop.

Researched in collaboration with the National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bangalore, India. Supported by a Wellcome Trust Science on Stage and Screen Award, an AHRB Innovation Award and London Arts. On the Scent premiered at FIERCE! in Birmingham in June 2003 and has since been performed over 400 times in 4 continents.  Photos Hugo Glendinning.