What Is The Word

Dates and Times

Tue 17 - Wed 18 September 2019 at 9pm

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Ticket information

£12/10 (conc.)

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Featured in our Autumn 2019 programme. Browse the full season here

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Presented by Chris Goode & Company

For the last fifteen years, acclaimed writer/performer Chris Goode (Men in the Cities, Jubilee) has been presenting occasional live anthologies of experimental work from the margins of the 20th century: avant-garde, hybrid and outsider texts that still have the power to startle, disorient and enthral contemporary audiences.

In this ‘best of’ selection, Chris is focusing on works that foreground the strangeness of language and the weird and awesome border-zone where text meets music meets noise. The programme includes works by Samuel Beckett, Gertrude Stein, Christopher Knowles, Bob Cobbing and Michael Basinski, as well as a rare chance to hear a complete performance of Kurt Schwitters’s extraordinary Ursonate.


“What a treat, what an absolute gift.” – Exeunt

“The woman next to me spent most of the time shaking her head in disbelief, while a man in front was nodding his head with eyes closed in almost religious fervour.” – Total Theatre

About the company

Chris Goode is a former artistic director of CPT (2001-04) and is now lead artist of Chris Goode & Company, whose productions include Men in the Cities (Royal Court), Monkey Bars (Unicorn) and Jubilee (Royal Exchange / Lyric Hammersmith). He is the author of The Forest and the Field (Oberon) and the host of the Thompson’s Live podcast.

Your website: www.chrisgoodeandcompany.co.uk  | Twitter: @beescope [Chris], @chrisgoodeandco [company] | #WhatWord

Image credit: (c) Malcolm Phillips

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