In a holding room, participants wait. A pageant is about to begin. No call time, perpetual purgatory.
Blending the myth of Orpheus with the Government Department of Work and Pensions, TOM is a vertigo-inducing pop-culture collision of working class and queer expression. With original live music and dance, TOM oscillates between hyper-speed pop, ambient waves, and auto-tune vocals. A boundary-pushing queer thriller, TOM is dripping in BULLYACHE’s signature brand of genre-bending artistry. Music, dance, visual art, and costumes are glue-gunned together in fragile harmonies.
BULLYACHE and cast burst into song, they fight, f***, live, laugh, and love… desperately deconstructing the heavy price of being in a world that demands too much.
BULLYACHE is a music-duo and dance company created between friends and artists Courtney Deyn and Jacob Samuel. Courtney and Jacob choreograph, direct, score and conceptualise their work in collaboration with company dancers.
BULLYACHE started during the pandemic and has since been supported by Arts Council England, Artsadmin, PRS, Raze Collective, The Place, Britten Pears, Palm Heights: Cayman Islands and Bijloke LOD Muziektheater. They have been a part of Barbican Theatre Open Lab 2022/23, New Voice Composers of Sound and Music 2021, and are developed artists with Hackney Showroom.
12–13 March 2024
8-9pm and 7:30-8:30pm CEST
|Oslo International Theatre Festival, Oslo, Norway
|Details and tickets
|5–7 October 2023
|21–27 August 2023
|ZOO Southside (Main House)
|ZOO Southside, Edinburgh