Page extent: 64
ISBN: 9781783191970
Binding: PaperBack

This is How We Die

Christopher Brett Bailey


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 spiralling odyssey of pitch-black humour and nightmarish prose. 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…

‘Is this actually how we die? Driven at disorientingly high speed through the blazing landscape of our own riot-torn hearts, while the radio blares adverts for impossible products conceived in the agonizing heat of capitalism’s terminal inferno? Christopher Brett Bailey auctions off everything we have and everything we think we know to the lowest bidder, leaving us stripped and spent and blissed out and beaten by language, that treacherous stuff we had thought was our friend. No, there ain’t no sanity clause: but I’d trust Bailey with my life, and if this is how we die, you know, it’s really not such a bad way to go.’ Chris Goode

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ISBN13 9781783191970
Binding PaperBack
Page Extent 64


‘It's seldom that a moment of live performance on stage really shocks or transforms you. But it happens during this cartoon helter-skelter monologue created by Christopher Brett Bailey in best rantin beat-poet style. It's an absurd road movie of the soul cut with a razor wit and bubbling paranoia… An extraordinary experience… A tsunami of language… Bailey's delivery is an awesome display of verbal gymnastics. He is a mesmerising, mouthy athlete, all tongue-twisters and mobile lips’ Guardian

‘Blisteringly brilliant, a staggeringly eloquent piece of work.' Scotsman

‘A production that is as unique as it is moving, as it is disturbing… Amidst the no-holds-barred analysis of our bleak and hypocritical society there is beautiful humour. Bailey’s dark and morose take on the open road sojourn has great heart within the poetry… filled with grand insight and macabre farce. One can’t help but laugh, whilst also feeling uncomfortable… This is not merely a must-see, but a theatrical rite of passage’ A Younger Theatre

'Like absolute horror and total acceptance colliding' Exeunt

'Dirty and bloody and totally fucking exhilarating… Theatre you feel in your gut and on your skin.' Catherine Love
'Really shocks or transforms you…achingly hip and frighteningly savage…an extraordinary experience.' Lyn Gardner, Guardian

'A glorious piece of work and about as good as Fringe theatre gets' Female Arts
'A visceral, world-burning piece …a brutal, vital, incredible show.' Total Theatre

'A bold title. A simple premise. A raving monologue. A twisted fantasy. A hurricane of lyrics. A dark, venting, ragingly brilliant piece of theatre' TV Bomb