Sat 20 May | 8pm | Tickets £12 (£10) | Foyle Studio | Age 14+
An ARC Stockton Production
Written and performed by Daniel Bye
WINNER: Scotsman Fringe First award 2015
An aeroplane flies from Uganda to England. Everyone on board is weeping. Everyone except you. On the ground, the weeping spreads. Is it a strange new disease? An outbreak of hysteria? Or has the world become genuinely sad?
In this uncanny, high-definition world we are all more connected, more vulnerable, and more human - but not equally so.
The award-winning maker of The Price of Everything and How to Occupy an Oil Rig presents an urgent, fantastical story from the front line of an epidemic. Intimate and epic, hilarious and tragic, Going Viral is a thrilling new development in Daniel Bye's unique blend of storytelling, playful comedy and performance lecture. Catch it while you can.
“theatre that makes us think about the world and how we may want to change it”
"There seems almost no limit to the political resonances of this apparently light-touch show. A rare mix of science, artistry and compassion." ★★★★
"Funny, wise, impeccably performed [...] further proof that Bye is one of the most astute and thoughtful contemporary theatre makers around." ★★★★
"Captivating and illuminating" ★★★★
"Takes an idea and runs with it to a fabulous conclusion." ★★★★
"Daniel Bye's witty, engaging solo show about viruses manages to pack an emotional without trying too hard to tug on the heartstrings."
Director: Dick Bonham
Designer: Emma Tompkins
Lighting designer: Katharine Williams
Dramaturg: Sarah Punshon
Mentor: Alexander Kelly
Scientific Advisor: Mark Booth
Developed with support from Arts Council England, Camden People’s Theatre, Northern Stage, The Yard Theatre, Triggered @ Warwick Arts Centre, QTP India and the Wellcome Trust