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THIS IS HOW WE DIE by Christopher Brett Bailey

Written and performed by Christopher Brett Bailey

 "This is theatre you feel. Theatre you feel in your gut and on your skin. Theatre that leaves you a little breathless." Catherine Love.

Tales of paranoia, young love and ultra-violence...a spiralling odyssey of pitch-black humour and nightmarish prose...

  • Wheelchair Access
  • Tue 17 Jun – Sat 21 Jun, 9:45pm

Adult themes and content, recommended for ages 16+

Venue: Downstairs

"an absurd road movie of the soul cut with a razor wit and bubbling paranoia" Lyn Gardner, The Guardian  4*

"This is theatre you feel. Theatre you feel in your gut and on your skin. Theatre that leaves you a little breathless. And that’s an experience which is all too rare." Catherine Love.

5*, Luke Davies,

Video Review:

Savage, surreal, hypnotic and apocalyptic, THIS IS HOW WE DIE blends spoken word, storytelling, caustic humour and gutter philosophy into a dizzying exorcism of a world that is convinced it is dying.

With echoes of Lenny Bruce, William Burroughs, beat poetry and B-movies, THIS IS HOW WE DIE is a prime slice of surrealist trash and a blood-soaked love letter to the depraved, the depressed and the death-obsessed.

'A glorious piece of grindhouse grotesque' Three Weeks (5 stars)

'A really special performance talent' Total Theatre

Book to see THIS IS HOW WE DIE and The Ted Bundy Project by Greg Wohead on the same evening and pay just £12 for both! Discount applied at checkout.


Listen to Christopher Brett Bailey and Greg Wohead IN CONVERSATION on whimsy, making violent work, THIS IS HOW WE DIE and The Ted Bundy Project.


  • Tue 17 Jun – Sat 21 Jun, 8:45pm

Written and performed by Christopher Brett Bailey
​Dramaturg - Anne Rieger
Musicians - George Percy, Alicia Jane Turner
Lighting by Sherry Coenen

Christopher Brett Bailey (writer / performer)
Christopher is a performer, theatre-maker and musician. He is an Associate Artist of Made In China with whom he has toured internationally and performed at National Theatre, BAC, Traverse and more. Other performance credits include work with BBC Radio 4, Unicorn Theatre and collaborations with Andy Field, Mamoru Iriguchi, Glen Neath & Hannah Ringham and the late great Ken Campbell. Chris’ first script, The Inconsiderate Aberrations of Billy the Kid toured the Fringe 2008-2010 earning 5 star reviews, a ThreeWeeks Editor’s Choice Award and a cover feature in the Guardian’s G2 Magazine. As a musician Bailey is ½ of ambient duo Moon Ate the Dark, releasing records on Sonic Pieces, Hibernate/Home Normal and Brian Records. Christopher is a graduate of East 15’s Contemporary Theatre BA and Goldsmith’s Writing for Performance MA.

Anne Rieger (dramaturg)
Anne Rieger is a trained dramaturg for contemporary performance and theatre with ten years’ experience in various theatre practices. As a dramaturg she offers artistic advise during the creation of new work including concept development sessions, response and questions, research and script analysis. Additionally she provides overall support in fundraising, the creation of development strategies and project management. Anne has worked internationally with the Schleswig-Holsteinisches Landestheater (Schleswig, Germany), Nationale Toneel (The Hague, Netherlands), Ro Theater (Rotterdam, Netherlands) and The Basement (Brighton, UK).

George Percy (musician / sound designer)
George is a multi-instrumentalist and producer whose work spans rock, dance and electronic music. He is the director of Oil Records and an active member of SlimDali and THIS MACHINE WON'T KILL FASCISTS BUT IT MIGHT GET YOU LAID. George is a graduate of Westminster University and British Academy of New Music.

Alicia Jane Turner (musician)
Alicia is a violinist, composer and performance artist. As a member of several orchestras and string quartets she toured the UK and Europe and performed in many renowned venues (incl. Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, St John’s Smith Square). Following her graduation with a First Class Honours Degree in Commercial Music,  Alicia is continuing her left-field pop compositions and her work as a violinist, recording and performing with other artists and composers.

Sherry Coenen (Lighting Designer)
Sherry has been lighting shows in the US and UK since graduating with a BFA in Lighting Design from the University of Miami in 2003.
Shows include: Skin Tight (Park90), Conquest of the South Pole (Arcola), Moby-Dick (Arcola), ENTER (Embassy Theatre), The Cabinet of Dr Caligari (Arcola), Your Last Breath (UK Tour), Anton Chekhov (Hampstead Theatre), Frobisher’s Gold (Shaw), CELL (Little Angel Theatre), Mysterious Skin (The Drill Hall), Bernarda Alba (Union), Where the Flowers Grow (Warehouse Theatre), The Shakespeare Conspiracy (Chelsea Theatre)

Additional information

Image by Julián Martínez Millá.

THIS IS HOW WE DIE is an Ovalhouse commission.

Funded by Arts Council England and developed with support from The Basement, Cambridge Junction and Norwich Arts Centre under East By South East.

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