Desmond’s Republic

Dates and Times

Wed 18 March 2020 at 9pm

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£12/£10 (concession)

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Presented by Callum Berridge

Imagine it’s raining outside.
Imagine it’s raining outside, and it has been raining for three days.
But we’re in here. We’re together. Talking.
But this time something is going to happen. Something is definitely going to happen…

This is the story of The Socialist Republic of Desmond, the greatest imaginary micro-nation in the world.

In 2015 Callum had just graduated from Lancaster University, living in a small damp flat and working at a Spoons. In December it rained for three days, the River Lune burst its banks, a power station flooded and there was a blackout that lasted 72 hours.

On the second night, Callum met with friends and, in the darkness, they made a pot of stew over a gas camping stove.

A story about togetherness, power and imagined utopias, Desmond’s Republic examines how a crisis brings people together as performer Callum Berridge and the audience make a pot of stew to share together in the darkness.

Supported by LCB Depot


The show contains no content to consider.


Food is served as part of the show. The food is vegan, contains no common allergens. The performances will read out a list of ingredients in the show.

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About the company

Callum Berridge is a working class theatre-maker based in the East Midlands. He creates intimate, political solo performances that blend storytelling and audience interaction to consider our collective and individual roles in shaping society. He is a Jerwood 2018/19 Fellow.

Twitter: @callum_berridge | #DesmondsRepublic

Upcoming Performances

Wed 18 Mar, 2020
9:00 pm