There but for the grace of God (go I)

Dates and Times

Tue 5 - Sat 9 Dec at 7pm

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Ticket information

£12 / 10 (conc)

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Presented by Adam Welsh


In 1983, a child went missing from a Hollywood shopping mall. Adam Walsh became the most famous missing child in American history. In 2017, a man called Adam Welsh Googled himself and found Adam Walsh… And then he wrote this show.

There but for the grace of God (go I) is a comparison between an unknown living man and a famous missing child. It engages in weighing up the value of a life: what constitutes real success.

By combining true-crime, reenactment and autobiography, Adam Welsh reflects on the care parents have for their children, but how they can’t always help them. It is a meditation on how tragedy can render the world meaningful, an investigation into not being dead, yet.

Supported and seed commissioned by CPT.

Audience feedback from Spring 2017

“Refreshingly honest.. devolves into something deeply personal.”

“Poignant… Very real.”

Blog Posts by Adam Welsh

Timothy Triminham Lee, director and dramaturg for There But For The Grace of God  writes about discovering ideas, first encounters with the work and what they’ve discovered through creating the performance. Click here to read

When developing There but for the grace of God (go I) Adam Welsh held conversations with people about identity; asking who they are and what identity means to them. Part 1

In part one, Adam talks with actor and writer Karla Crome (Misfits, The Level, Murder, Hit and Miss) about being mixed race, feeling like you’re in the wrong body and what it’s like having 17k twitter followers.
Click here to read part one.

In part two, Adam talks with Carrie Paechter about how to bring up your children, pretending to be dead and dog pictures. Carrie is head of education at Goldsmiths University.

Click here to read part two.


About the company

Adam Welsh is co-founder and associate artist of the internationally acclaimed, Obie award-winning theatre company Dead Centre. As a performer, he has worked internationally, regionally and on the West End, with companies such as Headlong, The National Theatre, and Druid.

There but for the grace of God (go I) is his debut show as an independent theatre-maker.

Image credit Jake J Bryant

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