a co-production with DV8 Physical Theatre

a work conceived and directed by Lloyd Newson

30 October 2014 – 13 January 2015

‘Explosive. Magnificently performed.’
Kurier, Vienna Premiere - August 2014

‘Brilliantly choreographed.’
Der Standard, Vienna Premiere - August 2014

JOHN, a co-production with DV8 Physical Theatre. Photo of Hannes Langolf by Ben Hopper


'Outstandingly effective and gripping dance theatre. A brilliant performance by Hannes Langolf'
Dagens Nyheter, Sweden

JOHN is a new verbatim dance-theatre work by Lloyd Newson, Artistic Director of DV8 Physical Theatre. Newson interviewed more than 50 men asking them frank questions, initially about love and sex. One of those men was John.

What emerged was a story that is both extraordinary and touching. Years of crime, drug use and struggling to survive lead John on a search in which his life converges with others, in an unexpected place, unknown by most. JOHN authentically depicts real-life stories, where movement and spoken word combine to create an intense, moving and poignant theatrical experience.

...and that’s why I come here, because it’s another door that’s opened, you never know where this is gonna lead.

DV8 Physical Theatre return to the National following their acclaimed productions: To Be Straight With You (Grand Prix de Danse, 2009 – Paris) and Can We Talk About This? (Helpmann Award for Best Dance, 2012 – Sydney; Production of the Year, Tanz Magazine, 2012 – Germany).

Contains adult themes, strong language and nudity. Suitable for 16yrs+

Watch the trailer for JOHN

Related events:

Platform talk
Lloyd Newson, Thursday 8 January, 6pm

Clore Learning Centre
In Context: DV8 Physical Theatre, Wednesday 12 November, 2 – 4.30pm
With Ankur Bahl, Lloyd Newson and Sita Popat

National Theatre Live

Broadcast to cinemas on 9 December at 8pm

JOHN is co-produced by the National Theatre, Biennale de la Danse de Lyon, Théâtre de la Ville and Festival d’Automne Paris, Dansens Hus Stockholm, Dansens Hus Oslo and DV8 Physical Theatre.

Photo (Hannes Langolf) by Ben Hopper

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