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Keep - T1662419129

A new show about how much past the present can usefully contain. About rigor and generosity. About postcards and hair pins and a certificate from Harry Ramsdens in Blackpool. About how long it takes to stop noticing where you are. About the compromise of a full life and the burden of a full heart and how it's impossible to know where looking back will lead. About the task of being who we are without denying who we've been. About the importance of regret and the possibility of hope and the delusional idea of starting again. About all the books I've never read and all the jam I've ever eaten and the bags of torn tickets and the drawers of empty pens and the inevitable sadness of ever holding on to anything. A show, in short, about the things in my house and the stuff in my head.
8 Jan 19 to 31 Jan 19BAC (Battersea Arts Centre), Inner London :: V168
listing details L02100236648
4 Dec 18 to 16 Dec 18The Wardrobe Theatre, Bristol :: V1322756877
listing details L1178411568

A Show for Christmas - T513532574

It's 4.52pm on Wednesday the twenty fourth of December when Pollyanna Plunket, briefly distracted by opening a bag of toffees - glances away from the road for no more than a second only to find, upon looking back that an old man, from nowhere made his way to the middle of the street. She hits the horn, the man turns, she stamps hard on the brakes and whilst the vehicle, a mid sized motorhome - does slow down, it does not stop. Skidding on, over glistening black tarmac, careering into the old man - making no visible attempt to move - rooted to the spot, bent over under the weight of a battered red bag - the inevitable impact flips him up over the bonnet and into the windscreen - his eyes oddly calm as they meet hers for a moment before he slumps down the glass, rolling back off the bonnet and out of sight. A story about possibility and magic and grief and hope and tradition and toffees. Which is to say, Christmas. Basically. In 2014 Daniel Kitson was asked by Shelley Hastings at the Battersea Arts Centre if he wanted to write a Christmas show and, much to his surprise, he did. This is that show. It was performed that Christmas for five nights, in the Grand Hall at BAC and for fourteen nights the following Christmas at the Connelly Theatre in New York.
7 Dec 17Square Chapel Arts Centre, Halifax :: V1098014226
listing details L0628644815

Something Other Than Everything - T1658412772

Marooned in the middle of a circle of microphones, speakers, lights and people Daniel Kitson will attempt to not simply, dismantle and rebuild his own ideas about compassion, isolation, solidarity and progress but in doing so momentarily alter the function of language and invent a new form of stand up comedy. So. There you go. That's something to look forward to.
31 Aug 17 to 9 Sep 17Royal Exchange, Manchester :: V491
listing details L1124215573
12 Jul 17 to 29 Jul 17Roundhouse, West End :: V242
listing details L382800719

The Persistence of an Unlikely Thought - T1650748794

A few years ago, quite suddenly, I thought of something. Something unlikely. An implausible story about a mouse. Since then, whenever starting a new show, faced with the empty page and the endless possibility and the looming deadline, I have tried and failed to find a way of telling that particular story. Every structural gambit or presentational conceit feeling both oddly insufficient and insufficiently odd. And so, every time, eventually, I've abandoned the mouse and I've moved on. I've had a different idea, for a different story and I've written a different show. This time was no different, again I wanted to tell that story and again I didn't know how. And then, quite suddenly, I thought of something else. Something equally unlikely. An implausible story about a phone call. And here we are.
19 Oct 16Sheffield Theatres, Sheffield :: V962
listing details L571230203
7 Aug 16 to 28 Aug 16Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh :: V605
listing details L0682123267

Polyphony - T0223647498

In 2015 I wrote a play - a real humdinger. It has a pretty epic scope, a relatively staggering vision and somewhere in the region of twenty characters. Each of which has been performed and recorded in isolation, producing a litany of individual voices - each of them perfect, captured as a single track that will, when played back in precise unison, form a glorious theatrical polyphony. The play is perfect. The recordings are perfect. I just need enough people to hit play. That's all.
21 Jun 16 to 26 Jun 16The Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol :: V1384579886
listing details L630051561

Stories for the Starlit Sky - T771818021

Daniel Kitson (Me) and Gavin Osborn (Gavin) return to the wide open road for the first time in ages. Ages. So long. Years. Oh god. Nothing stays the same does it? Dust on the wind. That's all we are. Anyway - here we are. The D Machine (Me) and G Unit (Gavin), back on tour. Doing it right. In 2009 (Seriously, isn't the passage of time horrifying?) we wrote a trilogy of story (Me) and song (Gavin) ultra combo mega shows called ''Stories for the Starlit Sky'' and comprising three interlinked stories about love (obviously), staying up all night (naturally) and a village populated by retired assasins (yeah, that makes sense). We performed them in Regents Park Open Air Theatre on three separate summer nights, one in June, one in July, one in August and all of them at midnight. There were indeed stars in the sky. Some people brought flasks. A couple of years later, we whacked them out over consecutive nights at the Latitude festival from the middle of a lake in a slightly futile battle against the ambient bass of various DJ sets and whooping intoxicated infants. Most recently in July of this year (2015, obviously guys) Regents Park Open Air Theatre had a spare night after a late drop out - I rewrote the stories a bit (one of them really quite a lot) Gavin practiced his songs and we performed all three of the shows in one night. One after the other. It was great. So, that's what this (indoor) tour will be, the whole blinking trilogy on one night complete with two intervals. Boom. Break. Boom. Break. Wallop. Hometime.Performer Daniel Kitson. Performer Gavin Osborn.
4 Nov 15Sherman Theatre, Cardiff :: V824
listing details L0769858252
1 Nov 15Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry :: V156
listing details L01345210173

Polyphony (A Work in Progress) - T0722140742

I have written a Play. It has a pretty epic scope, a relatively grand vision and somewhere in the region of twenty characters. It is, in short, a real humdinger. Unfortunately though, it is a script so ambitious, so demanding, so exquisitely detailed that handing an actor this text and putting them in front of an audience is much like handing a three year old child a pint of coffee and putting them in front of a zipwire. It wont end well. So I, ever vigilant, have pre-recorded each actor, in isolation, onto a separate tape, their fallibility erased with editing and their odious need for attention mitigated by the removal of the audience. Leaving a litany of individual voices - each one perfect and captured on a tape that when played back in precise unison will form a glorious theatrical polyphony. The play is perfect. The tapes are perfect. I just need enough people to press play. That's all.
16 Mar 15 to 21 Mar 15BAC (Battersea Arts Centre), Inner London :: V168
listing details L697396541

A Show for Christmas - T645388079

In the winter of 1998 I was in my early twenties, living alone in London, and just beginning to get paid work as a comedian. I had spent, maybe a year, performing for food, evading train fares and surviving largely on the kindness of my parents. So, to me, for a while the Christmas party season seemed absolutely incredible. Come December, the bigger comedy clubs in London (block booked by office parties and charging maybe three times the usual admission) would pay comedians double the customary weekend rate and the gigs - drunken, messy, giddyingly lucrative - ran all week for the entire month - sometimes twice a night. At that time, my then agent booked what was a rowdy, demanding club in Shoreditch and I found myself fast tracked with unwarranted velocity to the role of compere. I could not believe my luck - back then, twenty two years old, desperate to get better, stage time was all I wanted, and this particular type of stage time ? high status crowd control, the management of rowdy rooms rammed with volatile, conflicting energy and the intermittent dodging of cracker toys, thrown by an office manager ? felt like an utterly exhilarating place to be. I felt like I was being toughened by it, like I was getting harder and faster and better and that somehow, something important was being forged in that cold fire of drunken disinterest. And maybe it was. I don't know. But over time, over years, I found it harder and harder to find glory in the battle. I took less and less pleasure in the collective drunken lunacy, the parade of paper hats, the bulk bought crackers and in wrangling this orgy of c***s to cheer at the right time. I could feel my delight dwindling, overcome with a burgeoning disdain for everyone involved, myself included. I was just starting to build an audience of my own and I didn't want them to come there and see me like that. I didn't want to be there, being like that. So I stopped. Now, this show isn't actually about any of that but it serves to explain my surprise when, in late spring of 2014, Shelley from Battersea Arts Centre asked if I wanted to make a Christmas Show and I found myself thinking: - Yes, oddly, I really do. I may wear a costume and there might be snow in it.
1 Dec 14 to 6 Dec 14BAC (Battersea Arts Centre), Inner London :: V168
listing details L02016547495

and Some Colleagues - Comedy Benefit in Aid of The Neuro Foundation - T1122779721

Daniel Kitson hosts an evening of first class stand-up comedy. It's what Bob Holness would have wanted.
17 May 14Leicester Square Theatre, Inner London :: V0148424484
listing details L1824637032

After the Beginning. Before the End - T0133901496

"I've been waiting to have the idea for this show for weeks. A space held open in my head waiting for the idea. For months. I've done previews and stared at the Internet. I've made chicken and I've tried not to worry. But the idea has not come and I have worried and doubted and waited more and more and more. But then today, whilst driving home, it happened. Somewhere between East London and South London, it arrived. The Idea. Just like that. Like a child, late home from school, oblivious to the worry and the panic and the phone calls. It just walked in and sat down like it wasn't even a big deal. And you have to trust me. Two hours ago I didn't have the idea. Now I do. And it's going to be good.. Something like a stand up show."
9 Jun 13The Playhouse, Oxford :: V803
listing details L0238471138
5 Jun 13Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, Lincoln :: V0251629711
listing details L0639942564
31 May 13Sheffield Theatres, Sheffield :: V962
listing details L79028637
30 May 13Harrogate Theatre, Harrogate :: V942
listing details L559081518
25 May 13Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh :: V604
listing details L01047425203
20 May 13The Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol :: V1384579886
listing details L01539075152
14 May 13Royal Exchange, Manchester :: V491
listing details L0938512940
11 May 13Theatre Royal, Brighton :: V657
listing details L1924681272

Work in Progress: Its Always Right Now Until It's Later - T01252384532

Work in Progress by Daniel Kitson towards a new show about Everything and Nothing. I wanted to put something amazing where you wouldn’t expect to find it. To take the first moments of the morning and fill them with something silly and sad and wonderful. Something audacious in its scope and scale. Something to make you laugh and cry and wonder before the world even knows you’re awake. Something to stuff your hearts full and send you out, into the day and into the world, wet eyed and open mouthed. This, is work in progress towards that show. This is a show about every single one of us, the past in our pockets, the future in our hearts and us, ourselves, very much stuck, trapped forever, in the tiny eternal moment between the two. Or at least, it will be when its finished.
20 Jul 10 to 31 Jul 10BAC (Battersea Arts Centre), Inner London :: V168
listing details L0818746761

66a Church Road - T0922496355

A Lament Made of Memories and Kept in Suitcases. In 66a Church Road (Winner Fringe First Award 2008, Edinburgh Fringe Festival), Daniel Kitson turns to the break-up of his longest relationship: that with his old Crystal Palace home. "Last September I had to move out of my flat after living there for almost six years. I didn’t want to. I lived alone. I am single. 66a Church Road was the longest relationship of my life. This is a break up show. For my flat." Daniel Kitson
19 May 10 to 21 May 10Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry :: V156
listing details L01592293643
17 May 10 to 18 May 10mac birmingham - Midlands Arts Centre, Birmingham :: V146
listing details L02005468532
4 May 10Gala Theatre, Durham :: V0146218420
listing details L01155486194
28 Apr 10 to 1 May 10The Tron, Glasgow :: V622
listing details L447239185

We Are Gathered Here - T0281766067

Everyone you have ever known will die. And so will you. And yet we dance in the looming shadows of mortality, we dance and we talk and we eat and we argue. We read books. We care for people. We buy houses. We plant trees and we start to drive and we learn how to make milk frothy. Because something, somewhere in the middle of it all has to matter. As our seconds and minutes and days slip by, something has to be important. And who are we to giggle and point and sneer at what others have found to care about? Who is to say what is beneath us, what is not worthy of our hearts? Everybody needs something to hold when it gets dark, so who am I, who are any of us, to point at anything and call it facile or redundant or stupid or rubbish? Even when it quite clearly is. A new stand up show about finding something important in an ocean of twaddle.
18 Nov 09Sheffield Theatres, Sheffield :: V962
listing details L086978703
17 Nov 09Liverpool Playhouse, Liverpool :: V536
listing details L1358754383
16 Nov 09Playhouse, Nottingham :: V457
listing details L847666761
14 Nov 09Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry :: V156
listing details L1804932043
10 Nov 09 to 11 Nov 09Brighton Dome, Brighton :: V655
listing details L1132334522
1 Nov 09The Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol :: V1384579886
listing details L734309115
30 Oct 09Hull Truck Theatre, Hull :: V935
listing details L01281818639
29 Oct 09Harrogate Theatre, Harrogate :: V942
listing details L44888015
28 Oct 09The Tron, Glasgow :: V622
listing details L417787900
22 Sep 09The Playhouse, Oxford :: V803
listing details L0556431161

The Interminable Suicide of Gregory Church - T0690370123

Work in Progress. Gregory had fifty seven letters to write. He’d never written that many letters, not in one go. In fact, he’d never written a single letter and it was taking significantly longer than he’d anticipated. He’d started, curiously enough, full of optimism at 9 am. Now here he was 8 hours later half way through letter twenty four. He glanced at his watch and then at the noose hanging over his head. Gregory sighed. Had he known how long suicide letters take, he thought, he wouldn’t have cancelled the milk for the morning.
13 Jul 09 to 1 Aug 09BAC (Battersea Arts Centre), Inner London :: V168
listing details L1276548356

66a Church Street - T01568415111

Work in Progress. "Last September I had to move out of my flat after living there for almost six years. I didn’t want to. This is a break up show. For my flat." This is a work in progress towards Daniel’s new Edinburgh show. Stories will be told, props will be played with. Ideas will take shape, and as the month of August draws ever closer panic will doubtless set in.
23 Jun 08BAC (Battersea Arts Centre), Inner London :: V168
listing details L1204596568

The Impotent Fury of the Privileged - T1463486098

The world is a saddening mess, of unfathomable complexity and the simplest cruelty and yet, rather than raging or weeping, most of us still manage to eat snacks, do crosswords and occaisonally wash. But what if, what if we heave our compassion from wherever its buried and with courage enough to seem naïve or underinformed or oblivious to futility, we reach for something better. Something more engaged, more humane and less snack based. An angry, frustrated and beautiul new show about wanting the world to change but not doing enough to change it.
15 Jun 08Open Air Theatre, West End :: V403
listing details L0439914937
12 Jun 08Playhouse, Nottingham :: V457
listing details L1924244597
11 Jun 08Liverpool Playhouse, Liverpool :: V536
listing details L0537821213
1 Jun 08The Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol :: V1384579886
listing details L2137829762
31 May 08Gulbenkian Theatre, Canterbury :: V673
listing details L0114309666
22 May 08Theatre Royal and Opera House, Wakefield :: V979
listing details L537048975
21 May 08Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield :: V972
listing details L01266451103
11 May 08Hull Truck Theatre, Hull :: V935
listing details L1839948312
8 May 08Gala Theatre, Durham :: V0146218420
listing details L05322401
6 Feb 08Brighton Dome, Brighton :: V655
listing details L0570017676

C90 - T01746186273

It's Henry's last day at work. Surrounded by thousands of discarded or undelivered compilation tapes he will start, at last, to listen. And he'll find in the tapes unheard stories, stories about himself, about people he knows. About everything. Daniel Kitson's new show is an astonishing and original story-based piece about how small acts of kindness can bring joy and hope to an otherwise grey day.
11 Jun 07The Albany, Inner London :: V2091657262
listing details L01556064808
5 Jun 07 to 12 Jun 07The Hen and Chickens Theatre Bar, Inner London :: V234
listing details L1620667679
28 Mar 07Theatre Royal and Opera House, Wakefield :: V979
listing details L0911431960
27 Mar 07Hull Truck Theatre, Hull :: V935
listing details L380807190
18 Mar 07 to 19 Mar 07Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff :: V1984858935
listing details L1623071763
13 Feb 07 to 26 Feb 07The Hen and Chickens Theatre Bar, Inner London :: V234
listing details L1078392299

C90 - T01985875838

Work in progress. It's Henry's last day at work. Surrounded by thousands of discarded or undelivered compilation tapes he will start, at last, to listen. And in the tapes he'll find unheard stories, stories about himself, about people he knows. About everything. A new show by Daniel Kitson about memory, hope and a mans last day in a job that has never existed.
25 Mar 07The Playhouse, Oxford :: V803
listing details L626108633
26 Jul 06 to 29 Jul 06Riverside Studios, Outer London :: V331
listing details L668044790
12 Jul 06 to 15 Jul 06Soho Theatre, Inner London :: V1035
listing details L1249565733

Weltanschauung - T1139868707

Kitson delivers his theatricalised stand-up with the aid of a record player and some nice orange lights.
7 Oct 06 to 29 Oct 06The Hen and Chickens Theatre Bar, Inner London :: V234
listing details L1499158987
28 Feb 06 to 4 Mar 06BAC (Battersea Arts Centre), Inner London :: V168
listing details L1325885934
17 Feb 06Lemon Tree, Aberdeen :: V587
listing details L01887208470
16 Feb 06Town Hall, Loughborough :: V02111941779
listing details L1701515114
24 Jan 06Unity Theatre, Liverpool :: V539
listing details L882795484
19 Jan 06Gulbenkian Theatre, Canterbury :: V673
listing details L1530007659

Shuffling Around and Being Funny - T01067800492

17 Oct 05 to 18 Oct 05Brighton Dome, Brighton :: V655
listing details L441298876
10 Oct 05 to 11 Oct 05Brighton Dome, Brighton :: V655
listing details L01379297015
11 Jul 05Unity Theatre, Liverpool :: V539
listing details L2083488079
5 Jun 05Hull Truck Theatre, Hull :: V935
listing details L1657624703

T1705066638 (TOUR04)

26 May 04The Rondo, Bath :: V855
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25 May 04The Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol :: V1384579886
listing details L76503951
21 May 04Theatre Royal and Opera House, Wakefield :: V979
listing details L02022361623
17 May 04Guildhall Theatre, Derby :: V994
listing details L095276384
16 Feb 04Burnley Mechanics, Burnley :: V519
listing details L1119256316

A Made Up Story - T1342418288

After a year of travelling the world on the back of an over rated show and half heartedly trotting out material that used to be good whilst pointing out the humour in strangers' jobs, Daniel is bored of every word that he has ever spoken. In an attempt to keep himself interested, annoy his agent and lose ninety percent of his audience he is creating a new show. A show he can take pride in, a show to relight the fire, a show to make people's hearts explode.
6 Nov 03Gulbenkian Theatre, Canterbury :: V673
listing details L01441688155
30 Jul 03 to 24 Aug 03The Pod, Edinburgh :: V01401625820
listing details L286907752

Something - T02016574493

Last years winner of the Edinburgh Perrier Award, Star of Phoenix Nights and recently had the audience in stitches at the theatre's comedy club.
5 Jul 03mac birmingham - Midlands Arts Centre, Birmingham :: V146
listing details L02129438819
4 Jul 03De Montfort Hall, Leicester :: V430
listing details L1905807938
18 Jun 03OFS Studio (previously known as Old Fire Station Theatre), Oxford :: V800
listing details L1444218410
11 Mar 03Theatre Royal and Opera House, Wakefield :: V979
listing details L01570732605
6 Mar 03 to 7 Mar 03Brighton Dome, Brighton :: V655
listing details L81009840
2 Mar 03Swan Theatre, Stratford-Upon-Avon :: V136
listing details L584596725
23 Feb 03Burton Taylor Theatre, Oxford :: V799
listing details L2129421702
5 Feb 03Victoria Theatre, Halifax :: V969
listing details L01786015062
2 Feb 03Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry :: V156
listing details L1689248809

Something - T0119984980

4 Nov 02 to 23 Nov 02Soho Theatre, Inner London :: V1035
listing details L61553975
6 Oct 02Her Majesty's Theatre, West End :: V397
listing details L02026503131

T01283087220 (TOUR02)

4 Jun 02mac birmingham - Midlands Arts Centre, Birmingham :: V146
listing details L1818616437
10 Mar 02Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry :: V156
listing details L717316247

Other listings

10 Jun 07Open Air Theatre, West End :: V403
listing details L0376609438
8 Jul 05 to 9 Jul 05Soho Theatre, Inner London :: V1035
listing details L1983830514
28 Jan 00South Hill Park Arts Centre, Wilde Theatre, Bracknell :: V731
listing details L0569862804
26 Nov 99South Hill Park Arts Centre, Wilde Theatre, Bracknell :: V731
listing details L01229807227

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