The programme cover spells it out succinctly: "Claire is disabled. Is it God's will? Karma? Genetics? What do you believe?" It's a provocative resume of issues that has led
Tennent's suggestion of an apse, entered through an archway of crutches with a cabinet displaying religious objects and china tea- sets where an altar would be, is especially piquant in this context. But wherever this piece plays, it's Cunningham's words and actions that burrow into your thoughts, unnerve your preconceptions. She makes tea-drinking the inspired pivotal image, physically and symbolically. Her randomly scattered teacups take on individual voices, creating a minefield of potentially explosive opinions - is faith the same as religion? Is it superstition that promotes guilt? Shame? As she picks her way across that minefield - balancing on the upturned china - Cunningham tests her own limits of balance and control even as she highlights the delicacy needed to test deeply- entrenched beliefs across different cultures.
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