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A motor-mouthed collage of spoken word and storytelling. Tales of paranoia, young love and ultra-violence. From the desk of Christopher Brett Bailey comes a spiraling odyssey of pitch-black humour and nightmarish prose.

With echoes of Lenny Bruce, William Burroughs, beat poetry and B-movies, THIS IS HOW WE DIE is a prime slice of surrealist trash, an Americana death trip and a dizzying exorcism for a world convinced it is dying…

From the first moment, Bailey grabs hold of the audience with a firm grip and does not let go. ★★★★★ Literature Without Borders

His words tumble onto one another, portmanteau into one another, demand attention in quieter moments, scurry past like graffiti on an express train during the more linguistic beatbox moments. Vent Spleen

Sit down, strap in, shut up and listen. ★★★★ TV Bomb

“An absurd road movie of the soul cut with a razor wit and bubbling paranoia.” ★★★★ The Guardian

“Blisteringly brilliant.” ★★★★ The Scotsman

“If gonzo journalism ever needed a news anchor, this would be the guy.” ★★★★★ Exeunt

“A visceral, world-burning piece of theatre….a brutal, vital, incredible show.” Total Theatre

Winner of the Arches Brick Award 2014

Dramaturg: Anne Rieger
Lighting Design: Sherry Coenen
Production Manager: Alex Fernandes
Producer: Beckie Darlington
An Ovalhouse commission, made with support from the Basement, Cambridge Junction and Norwich Arts Centre under East by South East. Supported by Arts Council England.