a different-every-night, shouting & reading show... stories, poems and black humour 

Christopher Brett Bailey 

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Bailey's words deliver a linguistic kaleidoscope of caustic cartoons, crackpot prophesies and demented erotica. verbal diarrhoea, dirty jokes, venomous poetry, and tall tales that corkscrew deep into nightmares. 

tonight he is a voicebox and a microphone and nothing more: a potty mouthed poet, a reverend with a forked tongue, a standup comedian from hell, delivering a symphony of verbal adrenaline and twisted humour, a dense, poetic blend of the hallucinogenic and the hardboiled, a live action short story collection for the depraved, the depressed and the death obsessed.

Supported by Arts Council England. Commissioned by Theatre in the Mill. Support from ARC Stockton Arts Centre and The Marlborough Theatre.

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Online priority booking for members opens on Thu 24 May, with general on sale from Thu 7 Jun. 

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"moments of near-perfect articulacy... charting the quivering, fleshy lines between erotica and gore, poetry and trash, despair and absolute debauchery."
★★★★ The Stage 

"Bailey is a musician, his voice manipulated as an instrument ranging from rapid gunfire delivery to grotesque slow, gurning; it's poetry as a Ninja warrior assault course."

Previous work

"a spoken word performance of such obliterating intensity that I wanted to curl up into a ball and cry."
The Guardian

"attacks performance making like a supernova"
Plays the Thing UK

"a fantastically lurid poet"
London City Nights

"what a f***ing genius"
Smiths Magazine

"a bugged out gonzo king, filling the underground with menace and death"
Phonic FM

"a mesmerising, mouthy athlete, all tongue-twisters and mobile lips."
Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

"lip-blisteringly nihilistic beat poetry"

Behind the Scenes

Watch the trailer for Suicide Notes


Northern Stage is fully accessible. The theatre has three lifts providing access to all parts of the building, including the accessible toilets, baby changing facilities, stages 2 & 3 and the backstage area. Buggy parking is available. To discuss any access needs, take a look at our access page or please call our Box Office on 0191 230 5151.