Hold Tight

Home is where our story begins...

2022, 90 minutes

‘ The intensity of the work had me gripped throughout. The multiple and layered references to the reality we find ourselves in, combined with the rollercoaster like structure kept me on the edge of my seat.
Emily Davies,  Brewery Arts Engagement Officer: Dance, 2022

Home is where our story begins. It’s not always a place – it’s a condition, a feeling, a sense of connection. It shapes who we are. 

VDT’s latest live production features lullabies recorded this summer with Ukrainian refugees living in Poland. Four adults and three young people reflect on home, family and belonging and how, when we long for intimacy and connection, sometimes we just have to Hold Tight.

Hold Tight has been made in response to the past three years of isolation and dislocation – a period where global events have been at the forefront of everyone’s lives. The production is suitable for audiences 14+ and contains images, sounds and scenes that some people may find upsetting. There are references to war, violence, suffering, death and sexual assault, loud sounds of gunfire and shouting in the work. If you are affected by the themes, need support or know someone who may need support, the following organisations may be of use.

“An amazing, moving, thought provoking performance Audience member

This show made me laugh out loud and sob at the end. It is right to be deeply affected by theatre. It was poignant to have children as part of this story. I can’t get the show out of my mind. The acting and dancing were beautiful, gripping and surprising. It was ok to show real distress and loud shots and bombs to shake us up. We need to see the individual in their plight and not shrug people off. We need to engage.” Audience Member

“Tough but honest, disarming insight and account of the ‘human condition’…This was not a rescue operation but a window on the secret that we speak of as empathy and compassion. The machinery of war and seeming helpless, endless fall into violence is the very soil where that gift of new life is given and nurtured. The dance passages of disclosure and mysticism interpreted by the damp mist, living forms and birdsong.” Audience Member

The Hold Tight Autumn 2022 Tour has now concluded, however a live capture will be available in 2023.

VDT is a National Portfolio Organisation, funded by Arts Council England. Hold Tight is supported by South East Dance.

Who's Who


Tour Dates

Wednesday 2nd November, Brewery Arts, Kendal, 8pm, 01539 725133

Friday 4th November, Unity Theatre, Liverpool, 7.30pm, 0151 709 4988

Tuesday 8th November, The Arts Centre, Edge Hill University, Ormskirk, 7.30pm, 01695 584480

Due to an unforeseen maintenance issue in the Rose Theatre, Edge Hill University have made the decision to cancel our performance of Hold Tight on Tuesday 8 November 2022.

Saturday 12th November, Barbican Theatre, Plymouth, 7.30pm, info@barbicantheatre.co.uk

Tuesday 15th & Wednesday 16th November, The Place, London, 7.30pm, 020 7121 1100

Saturday 19th November, Riley Theatre, NSCD, Leeds, 7.30pm, 020 7121 1100

Thursday 24th November, Norwich Theatre Playhouse, 7.30pm, 01603 630000

Director's Note

Hold Tight has been made in response to the past three years of isolation and dislocation, a period where global events have weighed heavy on my mind and on this process. I was unsure whether to make this, whether the conditions were right, whether the moment had passed, or might never come.

The work is broken, unfinished and fragmented, attempting to piece together something in a hostile environment, conjuring images from rubbish, with our imagination and the children the only pathways out of the darkness and into the light.

Charlotte Vincent