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NOW 19 | Week 1

15 January — 19 January

Brian Lobel

With Gweneth-Ann Rand (Soprano)

24 Italian Songs and Arias // 7.30pm

A show about failure, by two award-winning failures.

After failing to win the Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust Award, 24 Italian Songs and Arias comes to The Yard: a recital, an opera, a gathering for (and by) those whose best isn’t always enough.

(Beloved) performance artist Brian Lobel failed to get into the State Choir. (Acclaimed) Soprano Gweneth-Ann Rand (4.48 Psychosis, Royal Opera House; Aida, English National Opera) failed to win at Cardiff Singer of the World.

These two magnificent failures have joined forces to create a show about trying your best, aiming to please and how we ever know if we are ‘good enough’.

Fk Alexander

With Andy Brown

Diana is Dead // 9pm

“When no one listens to you, all sorts of things start to happen” – Princess Diana 1995

Award-winning “extraordinary performer” Fk Alexander  (The Herald) explodes the myth of Princess Diana.

In a collaboration with musician Andy Brown, notorious punk rock drummer, Fk pays surreal tribute to the complexity, the endurance and the tragic death of the People’s Princess.

Delving into the poisonous yet profitable relationship Diana had with the world’s media, Fk brings Diana into 2018. Tradition meets the hammer. A stiff upper lip meets beautiful destruction.

A barrage of images, hard-hitting physical action and industrial techno forge a fantasy world where Diana at last tastes revenge.

NOW LATES, Thursdays during NOW

On Thursday 17th stick around after the second show in the double bill for music and performance by Nick Anderson and Alicia Jane Turner – free for all, from 10pm until 2am.


Access tickets are priced at £17 and can be booked online. We offer free tickets for companions and these must be booked over the phone (020 3111 0570) or by emailing


Double bill tickets are priced at £20 / £17 concessions. Buy two or more double bills and get 20% off your order. Buy a festival pass for £55 to see all NOW 19 shows

Brian Lobel

Brian Lobel is a performer, teacher and curator who is interested in creating work about bodies and how they are watched, policed, poked, prodded and loved by others. His practice is most efficiently described as Former-American-Camp-Counselor-Turned-Performance-Artist, and his work has shown work internationally in a range of contexts, Harvard Medical School, to Sydney Opera House, to the National Theatre (London) and Lagos Theatre Festival, blending provocative humor with insightful reflection. Major projects include BALL & Other Funny Stories About Cancer, Purge, Hold My Hand and We’re Halfway There, Ruach, and Cruising for Art which have been presented in over 25 countries internationally. Brian has received commissions and grants from the Wellcome Trust, Complicite Jerwood, and Arts Council England, among others. Brian is a Reader in Theatre at University of Chichester, a Wellcome Trust Public Engagement Fellow, and a Core Artist for Forest Fringe.

Gweneth-Ann Rand

Gweneth-Ann Rand trained at the University of Exeter, Goldsmith’s College and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London. During her training she received the Maggie Teyte, Ian Fleming and Sybil Tutton Awards. She was a Vilar Young Artist at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and in 2001 represented England at BBC Cardiff Singer of the World. Recent seasons include acclaimed performances of 4.48 Psychosis for the Royal Opera House at the Lyric Hammersmith. Gweneth-Ann performed the title role in Phelim McDermott’s new production of Aida for English National Opera, and she performs in the revival of the critically acclaimed 4.48 Psychosis for the
Royal Opera.

Fk Alexander

FK Alexander is a Glasgow based Performance Artist whose work is concerned with issues of wounds, recovery, aggressive healing, radical wellness, industrialisation and noise music.  FK’s work predominantly puts her body at the centre of ritualised, action based, in often ridiculous attempts to communicate ideas around new language, new violence and new love.

Andy Brown

Andy Brown is a musician based in  Glasow who has played drums in some 20 or so punk rock bands over the last 20 years.