Birthmarked is a new concept gig written and performed by Brook Tate and his grand ol' band of pals. Using songs he has written over the last six years, Brook tells the story - his story - of a young gay Jehovah's Witness as he comes to terms with his sexuality and finds his feet (and high heels...) in a world he once believed would be destroyed at Armageddon. With original music likened to Stevie Wonder and Joni Mitchell, and alongside a whale, a paintbrush and a pair of tap shoes, he hopes to shine a light on what it means to be marked...at birth.
After a dazzling early outing of Birthmarked at The Wardrobe Ensemble’s Theatre on the Downs last summer, we’re thrilled to be part of the next stage of Birthmarked’s journey. The creative team is joined by Sally Cookson (Wonder Boy, A Monster Calls), Max Johns (Travis Alabanza’s Overflow), John O’Hara (WNO) and Chris Pirie (Green Ginger).
Best choice I could have possibly made. Such a brave and beautiful, personal story. Audience Member
I saw this show tonight and it broke my heart and put it back together again. All kinds of beautiful and bonkers and brilliant. Go see tomorrow night on the Downs - not one to miss! Audience Member
Age guidance: 12+
Running time: approx. 90 minutes
Friday 13 May - Saturday 21 May (no shows Sunday 15 or Monday 16)
7.30pm daily, 3pm matinee on Saturday May 21
Touch tour: Thursday 19 May 2022, 6.00pm
Audio described show: Thursday 19 May 2022, 7.30pm
Relaxed show• with caption: Saturday 21 May 2022, 3pm
•Notes: please note that audiences can come and go as they need to, but sound level will remain same as other shows.
Written and composed by Brook Tate
Directed by Sally Cookson
Design Max Johns
Musical Director John O’Hara
Puppetry Director Chris Pirie
Producer Hannah Smith
Costume Supervisor: Sophia Khan
Outside Eye: Travis Alabanza
Artist Wellbeing Practitioner: Nikki Disney (The Artist Wellbeing Company)
Stage Manager on the Book: Rachel Bell
Dramaturg: Marietta Kirkbride
Production Manager: Ed Borgnis
Lighting Design by Jai Morjaria
Supported by Frances and Craig Wilson and the Stage One Bursary Scheme for New Producers. Commissioned by Bristol Old Vic and developed in association with MAYK. Originally commissioned by TWE.
Brook has written and composed original musical theatre - Mr Maglump and My Great Giraffe, both based on books he wrote and illustrated. He has worked closely with the Bristol Old Vic since 2017, and developed work at The Salisbury Playhouse and The National Theatre working alongside director Sally Cookson.