Presented by Contact + Word of Warning during Flying Solo Festival 2015
Tales of paranoia, young love and ultra-violence in a spiralling odyssey of pitch-black humour and nightmarish prose. A prime slice of surrealist trash, an Americana death trip and a dizzying exorcism for a world convinced it is dying.
####Venue + Booking Details
Dates: Tuesday 5 + Wednesday 6 May 2015, 8pm
Venue: Contact (space 1), Oxford Road, Manchester, M15 6JA
Special offers: quote WoW at Box Office or select from price list online for £7 ticket | buy nine tickets + get your tenth free.
Box Office Tel: 0161 274 0600
Age advisory: 16+ With no interval, the show lasts approximately 75 minutes. English spoken word and loud music. For specific age and access information please email email@example.com or call 0161 232 6086.
On Tuesday 5 May, following a short break, there will be a post-show talk.
A savage, surreal, and apocalyptic blend of spoken word, storytelling, caustic humour and gutter philosophy with echoes of Lenny Bruce, William Burroughs, beat poetry and B-movies. A blood-soaked love letter to the depraved, the depressed and the death-obsessed.
Winner of the TBC Award at the Offies 2015 + Arches Brick Award 2014.
####Who is he?
A performer, writer and theatre-maker, Christopher is an associate artist of Made In China — touring to Word of Warning, nationally and internationally; he has also worked with BBC R4, Unicorn Theatre and collaborated with artists Andy Field, Mamoru Iriguchi, Glen Neath, Hannah Ringham and the late, great Ken Campbell. As a musician/composer, Christopher is one half of ambient classical duo Moon Ate the Dark and leader of experimental guitar quartet This Machine Won’t Kill Fascists But It Might Get You Laid.
####What people have said about THIS IS HOW WE DIE
5* …a bushel of cruel wit and bodily fluids. If gonzo journalism ever needed a news anchor, this would be the guy.
4* An absurd road movie of the soul cut with a razor wit and bubbling paranoia …an awesome display of verbal gymnastics.
Lyn Gardner, The Guardian
4* [A] blisteringly brilliant monologue, a surreal and mind-blowing odyssey…
Joyce McMillan, The Scotsman
Written + performed by Christopher Brett Bailey | Musicians: George Percy, Alicia Jane Turner + Apollo | Dramaturg: Anne Rieger | Lighting Designer: Sherry Coenen | Production Manager: Alex Fernandes | Producer: Beckie Darlington
An Ovalhouse commission. Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. Made with support from Basement Brighton, Cambridge Junction + Norwich Arts Centre as part of East By South East.