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Preview: Suicide Notes… at Newcastle Northern Stage
Award-winning writer and performer
Christopher Brett Bailey makes debut appearance in Newcastle
Suicide Notes… the spoken word of Christopher Brett
Newcastle Northern Stage
Tuesday 2nd October 2018
‘With his electric shock hair and
plugged in eyes, Bailey is an unstable chemical reaction contained behind a
rickety, paper-piled desk.’ Exeunt Magazine
success of his award-winning cult hit This
Is How We Die (‘blisteringly
brilliant’ ★★★★The Scotsman) and the critically-acclaimed Kissing The Shotgun Goodnight (‘a
hallucinatory journey of dark intensity’★★★★Whatsonstage), writer, performer and musician Christopher Brett Bailey appears for
the first time in Newcastle this October, bringing his latest showSuicide Notes… the spoken word of
Christopher Brett Bailey to Northern Stage.
Suicide Notes… is a different-every-night
performance of poems and short stories drawn from Christopher’s most recent
collection, published by Oberon Books earlier this year; a linguistic
kaleidoscope of caustic cartoons, crackpot prophesies and demented erotica,
described by The Stage newspaper as ‘intimate, intense, electrifying’ ★★★★.
Sat behind his
trusty desk, Christopher veers between potty-mouthed poet and a standup
comedian from hell, delivering a one-night-only collection of tall tales and
true stories, pitch-black jokes and fork-tongued poetry as a way of
exploring, with blisteringly dark humour and moments of unexpected candour and
beauty, the subject of death; a recurring spectre in all of Christopher’s work.
Christopher is a writer, performer,
theatre-maker and musician. His critically acclaimed solo debut This Is How We
Die received the Arches Brick Award, an Off West End Award, and was shortlisted
for Stückemarkt, Berliner Festspiele. Performance credits include work with BBC
Radio 4, Unicorn Theatre and the late great Ken Campbell. Bailey is also half
of ambient music duo Moon Ate the Dark, and leader of guitar-noise project This
Machine Won’t Kill Fascists But It Might Get You Laid. Photos: Jemima Yong