Christopher Brett Bailey

Fri 22-Sun 24 May

A motor-mouthed collage of spoken word and storytelling. Tales of paranoia, young love and ultra-violence.  From the desk of Christopher Brett Bailey comes a spiraling odyssey of pitch-black humour and nightmarish prose.

With echoes of Lenny Bruce, William Burroughs, beat poetry and B-movies, This Is How We Die is a prime slice of surrealist trash, an Americana death trip and a dizzying exorcism for a world convinced it is dying…

Winner of the Arches Brick Award 2014  

An absurd road movie of the soul cut with a razor wit and bubbling paranoia
★★★★ The Guardian

Blisteringly brilliant
★★★★ The Scotsman

★★★★★ Exeunt

Post Show – Sat 23 May 

Christopher Brett Bailey is a performer, writer and musician. He is the author of two shows: THIS IS HOW WE DIE, and notorious “punk opera” The Inconsiderate Aberrations of Billy the Kid. He is an Associate Artist of Made In China, and has collaborated with other artists including Andy Field, Ira Brand, Nigel & Louise, Mamoru Iriguchi and the late, great Ken Campbell. As a musician/composer Chris is 1/2 of ambient classical duo Moon Ate the Dark and leader of experimental guitar quartet THIS MACHINE WON’T KILL FASCISTS

Written and performed by Christopher Brett Bailey

Musicians: George Percy, Alicia Jane Turner, Christopher Brett Bailey, and Apollo

Dramaturg: Anne Rieger

Lighting Design by Sherry Coenen

Production Manager: Alex Fernandes

Produced by Beckie Darlington

Supported by Arts Council England.  Commissioned by Ovalhouse, and made with support from the Basement, Cambridge Junction and Norwich Arts Centre.



Part of the PHPC15 Cultural Programme.


Tickets will be available to buy from Bristol Old Vic Box Office or online up until two hours before the show is due to start. Following this, tickets will be available to buy on the door (cash only) subject to availability. Please tweet @mayfestbristol for updates.

Circomedia, Portland Square
Start Date
May 22, 2015
End Date
May 24, 2015
Running Time
70 mins
Age Guidance
Box Office Number
0117 987 7877
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