Ménage à Trois by Claire Cunningham

Sometimes I feel like a machine. I forget I was made to touch skin, to feel heat, breath, to have someone’s smile pressed into my neck. I wasn’t made to click. . . But with you I click. We. Click. Like a clique, a trio, a Ménage à Trois.

In a dark, private chamber, a lonely woman begins to craft the perfect man out of the only thing she knows – her crutches.

A hauntingly beautiful study of love, obsession, loneliness and manipulation, Ménage à Trois is a visually stunning new piece of dance theatre from award-winning performer Claire Cunningham and Gail Sneddon. Exploring Claire’s twenty year relationship with her crutches, this darkly humorous and deeply personal portrait asks if it’s possible to find love when there are already three of you in the relationship. Ménage à Trois is created in partnership with the National Theatre of Scotland and has been commissioned for Unlimited, a project celebrating disability, arts, culture and sport on an unprecedented scale as part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.

Two 90 second films now available on Ménage à Trois - the original on from the Push Me Collection and the second, on the Journey so far.

Ménage à Trois is performed by Claire Cunningham & Christopher Owen and  devised and directed by Claire Cunningham  & Gail Sneddon.


The project is principally funded by the National Lottery through the Olympic Lottery Distributor, and is delivered in partnership between London 2012, Arts Council England, the Scottish Arts Council, Arts Council of Wales, Arts Council of Northern Ireland and the British Council.

This project is part of the London 2012 Festival, is a 12 week nationwide celebration running from June 21st 2012 until the final day of the Paralympic Games on 9th September 2012. The London 2012 Festival will celebrate the huge range, quality and accessibility of the UK’s world-class culture, giving the opportunity for People across the UK to celebrate the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. For more details visit www.london2012.com/festival.

Read more biographical information on Claire Cunningham.