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Wrestling The Walrus

16 July — 18 July

Winner of the 2018 Hodgkiss Award.

A new play about companionship, connections and the millions of tiny memories that make up someone’s history. It is a suitcase full of stories collected over a lifetime, unpacked to reveal the people we are, the people we could be and what happens when we forget to pack the right things.

A playful and poignant tale of two people who form an unlikely bond over a series of chance encounters, expect a feast for the senses that mixes performance, animation, live lyrical music and film.

A 154 Collective and Royal Exchange Theatre co-production.


Locals get 30% off all tickets 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.


Access tickets are priced as concessions and can be booked online. We offer free tickets for companions and these must be booked over the phone (0333 320 2896) or by emailing


  • Director/Lead Artist: Dan Mallaghan
  • Art Director: Fabric Lenny
  • Music: James Dey, Hayley Youell & Nick Lewis
  • Set & Costume Design: Hannah Sibai
  • Lighting Design: Chris Withers
  • Animators: Fabric Lenny, Yvonne Roberts, Benjamin Rabe, Matthew Watkins, Lou Sumray
  • Film Content: Fabric Lenny and Yvonne Roberts
  • Production Manager: Matt Sykes-Hooban
  • Creative Producer: Ben Rothera


  • Nik Wood-Jones
  • Leanne Rowley
  • Emma Davies (Video)
  • Musicians: James Dey, Hayley Youell & Nick Lewis

About 154 Collective

154 Collective is an international, multi artform group, including performers, painters, writers, photographers, animators, dancers and musicians. They create work in an array of artforms including theatre, exhibitions, publications, music albums and public art. They seek to tell stories from unusual and fun perspectives, exploring how the collaboration of artists and artforms can influence process and presentation. Committed to involving audiences in the development of all their work, they find innovative ways to open up their process and provide ways for audiences to become co-authors in their work.

Since forming in 2012 they have created nine exhibitions and installations, four theatre productions, three public artworks, two outdoor festival shows… and one maze built entirely of cardboard.