Designed by Hannah Sibai
written and performed by Daniel Bye
directed by Alex Swift
lighting design by Katharine Williams
sound design by Mariam Rezaei
dramaturgy by Sarah Punshon
produced by Annabel Turpin at ARC
A twelve-year-old girl sneaks across the border into her own country. Her parents watch on a computer screen. The works of a half-forgotten performance artist seem to hold the key to bringing down the brutal system operating on our behalf and under our noses. Do you join in? Or do you look the other way?
Instructions for Border Crossing is the exposed gearbox of a political thriller. Blending experimental storytelling with a series of live interventions from the audience, the show itself is as unstable as the world it describes. Don’t worry. You don’t have to do anything you don’t want to.
Commissioned by Harrogate Theatre, HOME, Norwich Playhouse, Oxford Playhouse, Unity Theatre and West Yorkshire Playhouse.
The show was developed in winter 2016-17 with work-in-progress performances at West Yorkshire Playhouse, ARC, the HUB and Harrogate Theatre.
Daniel Bye on his work:
I juggle with comedy and tragedy, roughness and polish, truth and lies. I wrestle down big ideas about the world until they’re small enough for us all to swallow. I want you to laugh, cry, gasp and change the world. Because we’re all part of history, and that means we can all change it.
Current shows include Error 404 (for 8-12s), the award-winning Going Viral and the upcoming Instructions for Border Crossing. Recent shows include The Price of Everything, How to Occupy an Oil Rig and Story Hunt and participatory performance installation Wonderstruck.