Dates and Times
Tue 3 - Sat 7 May at 9pm
Presented by Daniel Bye
An ARC Stockton Production
Age guideance 14+
An aeroplane flies from Uganda to England. Everyone on board is weeping.
Everyone except you.
On the ground, the weeping spreads. Is it a strange new disease? An outbreak of hysteria? Or has the world become genuinely sad?
In this uncanny, high-definition world we are all more connected, more vulnerable, and more human – but not equally so.
The award-winning maker of The Price of Everything and How to Occupy an Oil Rig presents an urgent, fantastical story from the front line of an epidemic. Intimate and epic, hilarious and tragic, Going Viral is a thrilling new development in Daniel Bye’s unique blend of storytelling, playful comedy and performance lecture.
Developed with support from Arts Council England, Camden People’s Theatre, Northern Stage, The Yard Theatre, Triggered @ Warwick Arts Centre, QTP India and the Wellcome Trust.
Scotsman Fringe First 2015 award winner
“Playful and thoughtful one-man show.” ★★★★ The Guardian
“This solo show is both a captivating and at times illuminating insight into the science behind infection.” ★★★★ The Independent
“Bye brings a rare mix of science, artistry and compassion to bear on a neurotic and self-absorbed western culture.” ★★★★ The Scotsman
“Going Viral is further proof that Bye is one of the most astute and thoughtful contemporary theatremakers around.” ★★★★ The Stage
“Bye’s witty, engaging show manages to pack an emotional punch without even trying” ★★★★ Daily Telegraph
About the Artist
He creates new work for theatres and other spaces, wrestling with questions of how we all live together in this world. His work juggles comedy and tragedy, fact and fiction, roughness and polish.
Daniel’s recent touring work includes The Price of Everything, which has been performed over 100 times in the UK and internationally, and the award-winning How to Occupy an Oil Rig. His storytelling tour inspired by the forgotten grass-roots history of a town, Story Hunt, has been created bespoke for Stockton, Gateshead, Margate (for Fuel), Berwick, Northampton (for Royal and Derngate), Heckmondwike and Middlesbrough. In early 2016 the follow-up to Story Hunt, Tiny Heroes, will premiere in Exeter (the Bike Shed) and North Devon (Beaford Arts) before touring the following year.
@danielbye | www.danielbye.co.uk