Both Reptiles and insects must shed their skin in order to grow.

They pass through a stage of lethargy while they part company from their previous shape and scale, emerging clean and new and vigorous – ready to face the world.

This project presents the concept of slouging, sluffing and shedding. Becoming new, outgrowing and of moving beyond.

We are making costumes, dance and music that steps out of its own skin, that is liberational and new.



Together we will realise our release from the old. Together we will begin our transformation through the auspices of the five species of reptiles found in the wild in Scotland, before exploring other reptiles living in the wild in the UK and beyond. These first five are The Common Lizard, The Sand Lizard, The Slow Worm, The Adder and the Leatherback Turtle. The project will include an event on the Isle of Coll which is host to Scotland’s only colony of Sand Lizards.

We will also be looking at other species of reptiles found on the Southern Downs, including the Grass Snake and Glass Snake as part of our collaboration with the Croyden arts and music scene. Both Breezy Lee and Sgt Pokes have strong links with Croyden and this project wil form part of a reinvigoration and reimagining of live performance in SE London.

In parallel we will pay tribute to reptile species native and archetypal in Japan where we also present the project. Oceanallover will be taking work to the Komatsu region of Japan in 2020 supported by the British Council.

Alex Rigg of Oceanallover is working in collaboration with:

Sgt Pokes

Mr Pearl

Breezy Lee