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Nick Blackburn

Shows: Saturday 29th November, 7.30pm

Tickets: £3
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A lady's companion meets a man on holiday and falls in love. But back in England and an echoing Cornish Mansion, might she be married to a lie? As darkness falls and de Winter is coming, we answer such important questions as: "Are there new ways of doing a novel on stage?", "What is queer politics?" and "How do I articulate non-binary gender paradigms in a climate of perpetual warfare?"

Following a week of channelling, summoning, remembering and dismembering Daphne DuMaurier's Rebecca, The Blackburn Company will celebrate the birth of MAN DELAY in collaboration with legendary alternative cabaret artist and avant-guardian David Hoyle. Expect anger, literature and a light day-makeup. Some nudity.

David Hoyle is a visual and performance artist with an international profile that has taken him from the cheese counter at British Home Stores via Channel Four (The Divine David Presents, Nathan Barley) to Demark and Sydney Opera House.

Nick Blackburn has worked with The Wooster Group, the RSC and English National Opera. Recent work includes Satellite (a new permanent exhibition for the Science Museum) and Unmastered Remastered with writer Katherine Angel.

The Blackburn Company uses radical staging techniques to lead audiences into strange and deeply emotional worlds. Led by director Nick Blackburn, Isabelle Schoelcher and Richard Dodwell, the group is committed to dangerous theatre that collides actors, video and music in bold, innovative productions. The company believes strongly in collaboration and works closely with writers, composers and academics to create original, thought-provoking works inspired by abnormal psychology, cinematic film scores and New York experimental theatre

Accompanying workshop 

Performing Difference - Monday 17th November,  5-7pm at The University of Bradford. Free but booking is essential via

In a practical and talky/wondery workshop in advance of their production MAN DELAY, The Blackburn Company looks at the key questions in recent debates about non-binary gender, sexuality and appearance. Can theatre (and "real" life) do a bit better at letting people be themselves?

Suitable for performers and non-performers, but an atmosphere of curiosity and tolerance is a must! Participants are encouraged to bring stories, texts and objects which might help us engage with these questions




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