Departure (An Experiment in Human Salvage) – 25th October

Honoured to be appearing as a guest artist in Dominic Johnson’s Departure (An Experiment in Human Salvage) at Chelsea Theatre as part of the Sacred Season, on 25th October.

Departure (An Experiment in Human Salvage) is a performance involving live tattooing on Dominic Johnson’s hands, carried out by the renowned tattoo artist Alex Binnie. The tattoos function as permanent archival documents of performance, and as art works in their own rights. Pain and the wound are therefore incidental to the production of a striking permanent image on the body – in Departure as well as in tattooing as a traditional cultural practice more generally. How might disaster be represented or produced without recourse to sacred imagery? What might a new secular pantheon of catastrophic images look like? In Departure, the creation of a lasting image in performance mimics and explores the histories of tattooing and scarification as practices of body modification.

Departure includes live performances by three guest artists: Mouse, jamie lewis hadley, and Traumata (Hellen Burrough); sound design by Mark Peter Wright; and lighting design by Marty Langthorne.

Departure is a co-commission by Fierce and Chelsea Theatre. It received generous funding from Arts Council England’s Grants for the Arts scheme.”


Carnesky’s Tarot Drome

Carnesky's Tarot Drome

Carnesky’s Tarot Drome
4–13 September 2012 8PM

The Old Vic Tunnels

Real Living Tarot. Risqué Performance. Roller Skates. Rock Opera.
Dare you enter Carnesky’s Tarot Drome?

I’m honoured to be in the cast of Marisa Carnesky’s new immersive theatre show, it’s going to be incredible.

This is so wrong

New work from Traumata will be shown at the opening night of the of the This Is So Wrong exhibition at Bethnal Green’s  Resistance Gallery. Full details of the event and the exhibition are here.

The piece will be a further exploration of ritual, relics and memories, expanding on my most recent installation at Torture Garden.

In a nameless city for The Double R Club, London

David Lynch's Rabbits

In a nameless city deluged by a continuous rain… three rabbits live with a fearful mystery

Tomorrow night I’ll be performing a new piece devised especially for The Double R Club. It’s inspired by the series David Lynch released through his website – Rabbits – and incorporates some elements I’ve been exploring in performances for a while now.

It doesn’t have a title yet, in my head I’m calling it Red Rabbit after the sinister character that appears part way through the series, so that might stick. We’ll see.

I’ve been a bit concerned about the slow, still, non-narrative nature of this piece, and how that will get over with an audience more used to surreal cabaret. Then I re-read this essay on Rabbits and found this quote from Mr. David Lynch:

“They want things to move fast, but it’s like water-skiing : when you go fast, you stay on top – you never get below the surface.”

I’m going to bare that in mind.

[For more info on The Double R Club, click here – and come along, I fully recommend it.]

Torture Garden Birthday Ball 2010

TG birthday ball

Super excited to post this flyer from Suka Off advertising 3 new performances that will take place in the ‘Crash play area’ at this years Torture Garden Birthday Ball. It’s a stunning image and I’m really excited to be collaborating with Suka Off once again on a new piece Car Crash Clan – for someone as Ballard/Cronenberg obsessed as I it’s a bit of a dream come true to be performing Crash-inspired work amongst ruined car parts. Can’t wait!

More info about the event can be found at