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Metaphysique create dynamic physical theatre exploring contemporary issues and archetypal themes.

Touring and devising performances, nationally and internationally the company offer workshops and residencies to accompany performance work.

Photo : Jane Sutcliffe 1986

"Faites pas comme moi, faites comme vous"
Jacques Lecoq 1986

"Imagination is more important than knowledge, for knowledge is limited whereas imagination embraces the entire world"
Albert Einstein

Metaphysique's workshop processes are based on improvisation, collaboration, research and play. The starting point is the individual - their range of movement, creativity and emotion.




Jane was born and brought up in North Wales. After spending her spare time playing sport and riding horses she discovered Clwyd Youth Theatre in Spring 1982.

This led her to study a BA Hons in Drama and Theatre Arts combined with Physical Education at Birmingham University 1982-85.

Whilst there she saw 'A Minute too Late' by Theatre de Complicite in the University Dance Studio and was inspired to go and study at Ecole de Theatre Jacques Lecoq, Paris October 1985-87.

Rehearsal Summer 1987 Ecole Jacques Lecoq

Photo: Richard Lecoq

The summer of 1987 was spent at The Documenta Art Festival in Kassel, Germany performing with Lecoq formed company 'Das Theater fur Millionen' where Jane began her professional career as a performer.

Jane is passionate about creating new original physical theatre performance and often works in collaboration with other artists and companies.


12th June 2008 rehearsals

Photo : Carl Savage





Photos: Sim Mistry

February 2007


Photo: Clare Heney 1994


Photos: Dominique Wakeling

July 1988

Drawing by Katy Smallwood

SOUL IN A SUITCASE (Rehearsal) Jane and John Wright
July 2002
Photo: Cathy Roberts












2nd February 2011

Cupid's Strongest Bow

Artrix 26th June 2008

The Glasshouse Theatre, Stourbridge 25th April 2008

Photos: Shaun Parrin

Teenage Sugar Baby Love

To Tango

Moving Parts Festival mac 14th February 2008

Photos: Shaun Parrin



ICICLES TO DAFFODILS Photo: Katie Durham March 2006



The Glasshouse Theatre / June 2005
Photo: Shaun Parrin


Soul in a Suitcase
Edinburgh Theatre Festival
August 2002
Photo: Paul Seaby

The Romantic Forest

Moving Parts Festival mac 14th February 2008

Photos: Shaun Parrin





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The Slender Balance March 2014

In Hommage to Max Sennet - Rene Magritte

A physical Theatre workshop programme for schools and colleges taking excerpts from 'The Slender Balance' to explore our relationship to food and our bodies. Suitable for Year 7+ ...

'REDS' 2013

Christmas 'Reds' at Birmingham Hippodrome & Southside on Sunday 22nd December and Monday 23rd!

Jane performed as part of this project in conjunction with Natural Theatre and Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre at Sandwell Arts Festival on 24th August & at 'The 4 Squares Weekender' on 7th & 8th September in Birmingham City Centre.

Photo: Michael Landelle

7th September Birmingham Library

Photo: Antonia Beck

16th July 2013 Birmingham

Artist Champion

Jane is working for westmidlandsartshealthand

& Creative Health CIC to develop The Quality in Arts and Health Framework for Birmingham and The Black Country. Our next event for Birmingham & The Black Country will be published soon. Watch this space.

With 'The Sterling Trio'

Jane performed with The Sterling Trio at The Williamson Art Gallery in Birkenhead as part of 'Sunday Serenades' on 2nd June and on June 14th at The Bridgewater Hall in Manchester ... 'A Little Bite Music' Further dates to be announced.


Workshops available

Play and Physical Presence in Performance

The Creative Spark - Devising Theatre

Moving into Stillness - Neutral Mask

Commedia dell'Arte

Theatre Clown and Physical Comedy


"Cupid's Strongest Bow" mac 14th February 2008

"Cupid's Strongest Bow" The Artrix 26th June 2008


"Cupid's Strongest Bow" 2008

celebrates 20 years of Jane's work follows on from "Soul in a Suitcase"....


I would like to dedicate "Cupid's Strongest Bow" to my friend Margaret Young 14th January 1963- 16th June 2006. We are delighted to acknowledge Arts Council of England funding for this new project.

It is a story of hearts and about not trying too hard. It is a play about the resilience of the human spirit. This kernel of humanity that seems to help us get along…which is beautiful, charming, stupid, naïve, child-like, grumpy and ultimately in this case - optimistic …

A play about the journey through life and love from the heart embracing pleasure and pain, the profound and the profane, the ethereal and the mundane.

A piece of visual comedy that is audacious, poetic and painfully funny combining Clown play, aerial work, and music.

Jane has developed the show and its physical comedy with Director John Wright author of "Why is That so Funny?" Director of aerial work is Mike Wright of "Above and Beyond". Sound design is by Pete Williams.

"I swear to thee by Cupid's strongest bow;
By his best arrow with golden head:
By the simplicity of Venus' doves
By that which knitteth souls and prospers loves...

Midsummer Night's Dream

"For in the dew of little things
the heart finds its morning and is refreshed."

The Prophet Kahlil Gibran

"The Clown is very honest. There's timeless wisdom in the Clown, infinite play. She has the audience squirming one moment and laughing the next.... in the tradition of the Fool in Shakespeare." BIRMINGHAM POST

"...Creates a poem with her movement...." THE STAGE

"Is mesmerising throughout, assured, funny and subtle" BIRMINGHAM POST

This show had its premiere as part of "The Moving Parts Festival" at The Midlands Arts Centre in Birmingham on Valentine's Day 2008 and finished its tour at The Artrix, Bromsgrove on June 26th 2008.


mac Valentine's Day 2008

"a triumph

a gem... absolutely brilliant...
Really, really enjoyed the were fab….
Great, just great…. Congratulations!
We want to see it again in Birmingham and soon!!!
I was very close to tears...
Even now I have a tear in my eye remembering last night...
Many congratulations on your wonderful performance tonight!
Just want to say a big WELL DONE!! again for the show last night. You must be really proud.. A very fine Clown and actress...

This should be a smash!!

Thank-you very much indeed for the lovely performance last night. I found it touching, moving, comedic and entertaining in equal measures and I left in a very definite reflective mood with a gentle smile on my face. It was terrific to see such a big audience and one which really engaged with your work. Your performance was a veritable tour-de-force - I've not really seen your aerial work before - and the changing of tempi within the piece was very well judged.
With every good wish for the success of the rest of your tour...

Magnifique Brava!
Well done, Jane. We really enjoyed it, and had a long chat afterwards about our favourite moments from the show. There were many!

I thoroughly enjoyed the performance which was enchanting, touching and very well received by your audience.

What an achievement! Congratulations!"

The Artrix

"Overwhelmed ... Laughter, Tears, Love...."
"Really enjoyed the show. Had me gripped for the hour. Lighting and sound was excellent"
"Can we have a CD of the soundtrack?"
"Beautiful performance! Made me smile, frown...many special moments. Keep up your amazing skill and work. Magnificent x"
"Thank-you for sharing Luna's journey with us. Where does she end and you begin?
" A wonderful last performance Jane - I loved the teenage part it reminded me of my sister in year 9"
"It was a really clever and innovative performance - Well done!"
"I was captivated from start to finish... such warmth. The best evening I've ever spent in Bromsgrove!"
"The play was really great...loved the teenage part, I could relate to that"
"As a venue technician it is a pleasure to work on such a novel and innovative show"
"A fantastic new experience for me it provoked many emotions. A very clever performance. Thank-you!"
"Thank-you for such a thought-provoking presentation. I can't choose which part of the performance I enjoyed the most - it was all a delight, from the earliest scenes to the final moments. I hope you come again to the Artrix"
" There is so much in it, it is so rich that it is difficult to take it all in in one go... I need to see it again... a visually beautiful show""
"Another wonderful performance... I loved the way you put this one to bed"




















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