Created by:

Phelim McDermott

Lucy Foster

Matilda Leyser

Tamzin Griffin

Phil Eddolls

Lee Simpson

Julian Crouch

Colin Grenfell

Nick Powell

Lysander Ashton

Angela Clerkin


Barbican, London


Love. Sex. Panic.

Come into the forest. Where nymphs bathe and play. Where Pan sleeps. Careful not to wake him, he is the bringer of Panic.

The Great God Pan: goat horns, goat’s legs, goatee beard and goaty penis, chasing his nymphs.

But Pan is dead. Since AD 33 so the story goes. So that can’t be him at the window of a Brixton flat or snogging that woman in a crowded bar.

Because the Great God Pan is dead. Or is he?

Drawn from personal stories and current obsessions, this tale of love and unsettling illnesses is Improbable with brown paper and projections, many self help books and some very chaseable nymphs.

As part of Improbable's creative team, Lysander Ashton developed the video design for the production shortly before becoming a full time member of Fifty Nine Productions.


"...Probably the finest small-scale Improbable show since their 1996 debut 70 Hill Lane. Partly a meditation on the creative process, it unites disparate elements - Nick Powell's mercurial live score, puppetry, state-of-the-art projections and a DIY design that makes much use of brown wrapping-paper - in one will-o-the-wisp whole. A touch navel-gazing? That's the point, surely. Frisky, funny, and often forlorn, this is a show that knows what it's about even as it conspires to leave its audience in a state of panicked disorientation. I loved it."

**** The Telegraph