Plan B for Utopia

Presented as part of the British Council Showcase and Made in Scotland Showcase, China Plate is bringing this exceptional piece of dance/theatre back to Ediburgh Festival Fringe 2017




Joan Clevillé Dance presents

Plan B for Utopia


'You have a plan, and then you don’t. You have a dream, and then you wake up. You fall in love, and your heart gets broken. The question is: do you pick up the pieces and try again?'


Mixing dance, theatre and storytelling with a good dose of humour, Plan B for Utopia is a show about how we choose to live our lives: about having a dream, giving it up and trying again, but above all, it’s a story about friendship.

"laugh out loud, serious, profoundly silly... joy from start to finish"★★★★ The Skinny


Premiered during the 2015 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Plan B for Utopia was selected for the 2016 British Dance Edition showcase and was presented at the Internationale Tanzmesse in September 2016 before heading out on tour across Scotland, England and several international festivals in 2016. It has just been selected as part of the British Council Showcase and Made in Scotland Showcase for the 2017 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. 

Accessible performances:

Audio described - 22 Aug

BSL integrated - 24 Aug (this performance will have BSL integration by Yvonne Strain)

Relaxed performance - 27 Aug




"The journey that Clevillé takes us on is wholly delightful. Weinachter’s vocal delivery is a beguiling joy throughout" The Guardian  ★★★★


"Upfront dance-theatre that’s thought-provoking, touching and funny" The Stage ★★★★


"...this new work from Joan Clevillé is so incredibly exciting...he gets it all very very right. Every word, every wonderful facial expression, every bodily movement that performer Solène Weinachter makes is a gift to the audience" The Scotsman ★★★★


“Weinachter is a genius at loopy humour...while Kendall's sincerity...really reaches out without an iota of phoniness” The Herald ★★★★


“Plan B for Utopia is a beautifully constructed show: laugh out loud, serious, profoundly silly, and a joy from start to finish…This thoughtful and perceptive show will hant you for days" The Skinny ★★★★


“Original and uplifting, Plan B for Utopia is one of the stand-out dance theatre pieces on show at this year’s Fringe.” EdFringe Review ★★★★

Creative Team


Written and Directed by Joan Clevillé

Choreography by Joan Clevillé devised in collaboration with the dancers

Performers: Solène Weinachter and John Kendall

Costume and Set Design: Matthias Strahm

Lighting Design: Emma Jones

Dramaturgy Advisor: Ella Hickson

Music: Louis Armstrong, Cliff Edwards, Judy Garland, Gordon Lorenz Orchestra, Willy Mason and MyMy

Photography: Nicole Guarino and Maria Falconer

BSL Interpreters: (selected venues only) Lesley Crerar & Yvonne Strain

Past performances

21st Aug 2017 - 27th Aug 2017Pleasance Two, Edinburgh Festival Fringe 
10th Mar 2018Perth Theatre, Scotland 
23rd Mar 2018Coxwold Village Hall, North Yorkshire Rural Touring 
24th Mar 2018Skipton Town Hall, North Yorkshire Rural Touring 
29th Mar 2018Pavilion Dance, Bournemouth 
30th Mar 2018 - 31st Mar 2018Dartington Live