We knew we were interested in using water carriers of some type in the choreography to explore and highlight that the very act of carrying water is a significant burden - as Stuart says in one of the scientific voice overs 'Water's very heavy. You wouldn't want to carry a lot of water a long way'. But we never imagined how that iconic image of a Bangladeshi woman balancing a water pot on her head would become the primary design feature of the production. Back in April William discovered, after much trawling through the kitchenware shops of Southall, 4 beautiful copper pots. We used these extensively in the early development of the choreography and then pur Sound Designer Filipe Gomes got his hands on them. Fil works at the cutting edge of sonic technology and immediately whipped out some battery powered contact speakers which would sit within each pot playing a tone (tuned to the resonant frequency of each particular pot) effectively turning the pot itself into a generator of sound. Depending on how the pot was moved through space and across the stage would affect the sonic experience. Then William jumped back on the pot bandwagon and decided we needed another 8 pots to create a line of them curving across the stage partly to suggest the curve of the well. When lit from the side they shone like burnished gold and remained on stage throughout - a constant reminder of the heaviness of water and the chore that it is to collect it. Now we were on a pot roll Will went back one final time to the bemused kitchen ware retailer in Southall and bought another 4 which he then suspended in the air around the aerial equipment and wired each one with a light bulb both marrying the pots with the aesthetic of the aerial equipment and also creating beautiful moments where a performer could be lit simply by a seemingly empty upturned pot floating above their heads. The last Hurrah for the pots came in the very final moments of the show when 4 of the pots from the curving line are placed around the body of one of the performers. Again thanks to some technical wizardry these 4 pots had remote controlled LED lights set within them so at the touch of a button could be transformed symbolically into candles placed around the corpse.