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NOW 20 | WEEK 3

4-8 February


Performing DNA // 7.30pm

Carrot. Ginger. Apple. Beetroot. Turmeric. Kale. Spinach. Butternut squash. Fennel. Grapefruit. Orange. Lemon. Cucumber. Blueberry. Raspberry. Pineapple. Water. Coriander.

I have to cleanse, I have to run, I have to medicate, I have to get through this day.

Winner of the NAE Open Main Prize 2018, the “truly stunning” (Exeunt) Vivian Chinasa Ezugha explores mental health, food and sustaining marginalised bodies. Covered in turmeric, she stabs right into the heart of sickness to cleanse herself.

This performance contains nudity.
Commissioned by The Yard Theatre.


He’s Dead // 9pm

International choreographer, dancer and Vogue-featured artist Marikiscrycrycry returns to NOW after a sell-out show last year to ask the (unanswerable) question: Was Tupac Depressed?

Through dark fantasy choreography, text, live action and sound, He’s Dead sheds tears for the things that we cannot unearth.  A show that moves beyond hope to dig deep into melancholia, vulnerability and the spaces we’re allowed to be sad.

13+ | This show contains pulsing lights. This performance also includes replica guns, haze, loud music, fighting, strong language, references to suicidal thoughts and other explicit uses of violence. 
Concept, choreography and direction: Marikiscrycrycry
Dancers: Gareth Chambers, Blue Makwana, Eve Stainton and Marikiscrycrycry
Sound designers: JONI, Joanna Pope, ¥ummy Online,
Sound research: Dylan Spencer-Davidson, TAAHLIAH
Flag designs: Zeinab Saleh
Lighting Design and Technical Management: Jon Cleveland
Dramaturgy: Martin Hargreaves
Producer: Laura Sweeney
Photography: Elise Rose
Trailer filmmaker and editor: Kassandra Powell
Costumes and styling: Mia Maxwell
Set build, video and poster design: James St. Findlay
Commissioned by The Marlborough Pub & Theatre for New Queers on the Block; Attenborough Centre for Creative Arts; Theatre in the Mill; Block Universe; and The Yard. Further support from Arts Council England, The Place and Institute of Contemporary Arts.


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. If you buy tickets for two or more double bills, then you get 20% off every ticket. And if you buy a festival pass, you can see every double bill in NOW for £60 (that’s £6 per show).

Locals can get 30% off all tickets (and 10% off at the bar) with a free Yard Local Card – sign up online.

U26s can get £5 tickets on the door to all performances that are not sold out with #NoEmptySeats.

NOW Lates: Edited Arts

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 Vivian Chinasa Ezugha

Chinasa Vivian Ezugha is a performance artist, socially engaged and politically engaged. Her practice centre’s itself around history and how history is performed in everyday life. Her methodology, is to explore performance as a series of conversations between the body, space and time.

New Art Exchange Open, Main Prize Winner – URO

Instagram: @iamgodschild91

About Marikiscrycrycry

Malik Nashad Sharpe is a choreographer, dancer, and movement director whose works look at the production of ontology, affect, and subjectivity from the perspective of marginalisation. Working with emotional proposition and radial knowledges, they create complex choreographies that examine the robust and undercurrent textures of possibility and humanisation, often touching upon melancholia, alienation, allostatic load, gender non-conformism, racialisation, with an insistence on finding continuance and perpetuity. Creating under their prolific alias marikiscrycrycry, their performance practice with a cult following in London’s underground performance scene, their work has been presented in theatres, galleries, and festival contexts, including:

Fierce Festival (UK), American Realness (USA), Submerge Festival at BAC (USA), Block Universe x EWerk Luckenwalde (DE), Impulstanz at Schauspielhauals (AT), BUZZCUT at CCA Glasgow (UK), NOW Festival at The Yard Theatre (UK), at Montreal arts et interculturels (CA), Theatre La Chapelle (CA), Menagerie de Verre (FR), The Place (UK), Panoply Performance Lab (USA), Steakhouse Live at Rich Mix (UK), Queer and Now at Tate Britain (UK), amongst many others. 

They have made choreography for the English National Opera (UK), Gate Theatre (UK), Young Vic (UK), and at National Theatre (UK) as a part of Summer Space to Create, and have been featured in publications including Vogue, Dazed, Dazed Beauty, Crack Magazine, Howlround Theatre Commons, i-D, Nowness, and others. They are an Associate Artist at Hackney Showroom Productions, and former Arist-in-Residence at Tate Modern and Tate Britain. They live and make work from London, U.K.

Instagram: @marikiscrycrycry
Facebook: marikiscrycrycry