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A tiny dragon Productions and ETT co-production in association with Northern Stage. Originally co-produced with Birmingham Rep and Oldham Coliseum.

I, Daniel Blake

Adapted by Dave Johns Weds 8 to Sat 11 Nov 2023
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  • Drama

This event takes place at Belgrade Theatre B2 Stage

Dan is a carpenter. A Geordie through and through. Just on the mend after a heart attack.

Katie has just arrived from London. Finally got a council house for her and the kids. A fresh start.

I, Daniel Blake is one of the most important stories of a generation. A glimpse behind the headlines and the stark reality of what happens when the political system is stacked against you. With 14.5 million* people living in poverty in the UK, this is not fiction. It is reality.

A touching and vital story of how people come together in the face of adversity and how sometimes creating a family to support you just isn’t enough. The show is adapted for stage by Dave Johns who played Daniel Blake in the award winning 2016 film.

*Joseph Rowntree Foundation 2022 Poverty Report.

Recommended age, 14+ due to adult language. See full content guidance below.

Following the Friday evening performance there will be a free post-show Q&A with the cast, creative team and representatives from The Trussell Trust and Central England Law Centre. Approx. 45mins.

I, Daniel Blake adapted by Dave Johns from the film directed by Ken Loach, written by Paul Laverty, and produced by Rebecca O’Brien for Sixteen Films.

Information on our community support offer during the run including Coventry Foodbank donations, and our partnership with Central England Law Centre can be found here.

Director – Mark Calvert
Adaptor – Dave Johns
Designer – Rhys Jarman
Composer – Ross Millard
Sound Design – Roma Yagnik
Lighting Design – Simisola Majekodunmi
Video Design – Matthew Brown for PixelLux
Movement Director – Martin Hylton
Assistant Director – Siobhan McAuley
Wardrobe Supervisor – Naomi Daley

Produced by tiny dragon Productions. Originally co-produced by Northern Stage, Birmingham Rep, Oldham Coliseum, English Touring Theatre and tiny dragon Productions.

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