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A comic book come to life in highly physical dance theatre.

In a world of blockbuster adaptations and endless reboots, four performers dream of being awesome. Playing superheroes, they are caught in a series of conflicts which are both personal, and intricately political.

The ultimate battle between good and evil becomes a struggle for identity and representation, in a story they didn’t choose.

Spiced with comic book and action hero references, the epic adventure unfolds through action-packed choreography and projected illustrations.

Four people stand in an empty frame, confident and poised, ready to prove that they are worthy of joining a pantheon of super-powered heroes and villains.

Cast & Crew

Conceived and written by Joseph Mercier
Co-directed by Deirdre McLaughlin and Joseph Mercier

Performed and choreographed by Sabrina Gargano, Jordan Lennie, Tess Letham and Joseph Mercier.

Lighting and Media Designer Ziggy Jacobs-Wyburn
Sound Designer Dinah Mullen
Scenographer Rachel Good
Production Manager Hannah Moore
Illustrations by Sam Ballard and Dan Cunningham

Producer Clara Giraud

Collaborators for Research and Development Leila McMillan, Zia Almos Joshua, Zinzi Minott



December 2015, Lancaster Arts
October 2015, Bournemouth Pavilion Dance
October 2015, The Old Market, Brighton
August 2015, Zoo Venues, Edinburgh Fringe
May 2015, The Place, London
May 2015, Stratford Circus, London
October 2014, Dance City, Newcastle
November 2014, Cambridge Junction
March 2015, Unity Theatre, Liverpool



R.I.O.T. is commissioned by Dance City, in association with Cambridge Junction, MDI, Unity Theatre.

Made at The Place and funded by the National Lottery through Arts Counil England.

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