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NOW 20 | WEEK 1

21-25 January


Dadderrs // 7.30pm

Due to artist illness, this evening Daniel Oliver will present an adapted version of Dadderrs by Daniel Oliver & Frauke Requardt.

Daniel is dyspraxic and is too slow.
Frauke has ADHD and is too quick.
They are married and have kids.

Doctor of awkwardness Daniel Oliver and international artist Frauke Requardt (“violently bizarre” ★★★★ The Guardian on Mothers) invite you to play in the Meadowdrome – their fantastical escapist world. Expect awkwardly intimate actions, strange dances, sweet and surreal songs. Explore, discuss and celebrate clunky (mis)understandings of bodies through ritual and play in this interactive performance.

♫ In the Meadowdrome there’s no place like home ♫

Photography by Maurizio Martorana
This is a participatory show with optional audience participation.
16+ | This performance contains nudity, references to sex, loud music and haze. This show includes small pieces of large balloons and is not suitable for those who suffer from latex allergies.
Created & Performed: Frauke Requardt & Daniel Oliver
Designer: Hannah Clark
Lighting Designer: Hansjörg Schmidt
Music: Steve Blake
Artistic Advisor/ Dramaturge: Frank Bock
Production Manager: Tom Wilson
Costume Maker: Charlotte Austen
Peer Mentors: Nick Cassenbaum, Eirini Kartsaki
Dadderrs is produced by The Place & co-commissioned by The Yard Theatre, The Sick of the Fringe, Tramway & The Place. Created with residency support from Motherworks. Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.




International award-winning artist Eirini Kartsaki embarks on a vocal, sonic and verbal experiment with electroacoustic music composer Tasos Stamou.

Together they create imaginary landscapes and narratives that explore the odd, the weird and the monstrous. They take things apart, shout at the void, and give into their own unbridled, restless desires.

This is a show about human monsters and giving in to our own monstrosity.

Photography by Maurizio Martorana
Music: Tasos Stamou Dramaturge: Owen Parry
Lighting Designer: Martin Langthorne
Set and Costume Design: Clarisse d’Arcimoles and David Curtis Ring
Stage Manager: Chloe Borthwick
Commissioned by The Yard Theatre.


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


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NOW Lates: FEM Zine

Alongside these shows, we have a feast of diverse late-night music and events in NOW Lates every Thursday to keep you dancing til the early hours.

About Daniel Oliver

Daniel Oliver makes up awkward participatory performance worlds.  They layer precariously maintained fantasies with clunky, immanent reality – foregrounding the liveness inherent in working with unprepared participants. They are unashamedly dyspraxic, embracing his lightly off-kilter relationship with co-ordination, social interaction and executive planning. He has published writing on awkwardness, participatory performance, and neurodiversity and currently teaches in the Drama department at Queen Mary University of London. His forthcoming book, Awkwoods: Dyspraxic Adventures in participatory performance will be published by the Live Art development agency and is available in June.

About Frauke Requardt

Frauke Requardt is a German-born, London-based choreographer. Her choreographic work is characterised by physically challenging choreography, a strong theatricality, dark humour and an overall sense of surrealism. She uses text and live music and a mixture of abstract and emotionally based movement to deliver highly engaging work. Frauke trained in Germany, New York and London. Although her main pursuit is choreography, she has also performed in Lea Anderson’s work as a Cholmondeley for several years. 

Frauke was an associate artist at The Place between 2004-6 and alongside Work Place she is also an associate artist at Greenwich Dance. Frauke has presented her work in the UK and internationally, having enjoyed residencies in Colombia, Portugal, Italy, the Netherlands, Ireland and Germany.

Her full-evening works to date include Jammy Dodgers, a fantastical world, with a rolling line up of bands from the London contemporary Jazz scene; the Lynch-esque Roadkill Cafe; and Pequenas Delicias, an absurdist site-specific piece for cafes and restaurants. Her work Episode premiered at The Place in June 2011. Frauke has also created a series of works in collaboration with experimental theatre director David Rosenberg: Dead Club (2017), The Roof (2014), Motorshow (2012) and Electric Hotel (2010).

About Eirini Kartsaki

Eirini Kartsaki is a performance practitioner, writer and Lecturer in Drama at East 15 Acting School, University of Essex. She is the author of Repetition in Performance: Returns and Invisible Forces (Palgrave 2017). Her writing is concerned with notions of desire, repetition and the unfulfilled. Her practice has been presented nationally and internationally (Sadler’s Wells, V&A, The Basement, Whitechapel Gallery, Arnolfini, Soho Theatre, Palais de Tokyo, Biennale d’art contemporain de Lyon). Her collaboration with Angelina Kartsaki as Tante&Tante has received the Audience’s Award (2016) at BE Festival and the Champ Libre Award (2017).

About Tasos Stamou

Tasos Stamou is an electroacoustic music composer and performer, alternative electronic music instrument maker, tutor and sound technologist. 

During a decade of sound performances and recordings, Tasos Stamou has developed a unique style of live electroacoustic music composition. Long and continuous pieces are created in situ using a “portable electroacoustic music studio”. His work explores the space between ancient and contemporary transcendental music, using both traditional and advanced media.
His gear consists of acoustic (prepared strings, reeds, recorders, objects) and electronic instruments (self-made electronics, modular synthesizer system and live processed feedback loops). Based on sustained tonal textures and free improvised instrumental solos, his live compositions create a particular and unique atmosphere of ritual noise.

Although mainly a solo performer and recording artist, he frequently collaborates with other sound artists, improvisers and experimentalists (such as Adam Bohman, Steve Beresford, Alan Wilkinson, London Improvisers Orchestra, Mike Cooper, Andrea Parkins, Kuupuu & Lau Nau, Terry Day, Adachi Tomomi, Ilan Manouach, Ignaz Schick, Magda Mayas, Arma Agharta, Thodoris Ziarkas, etc.) at various venues and festivals for innovative music.