Drunken Chorus


"She sees the end of the world - all fire and smoke and bloodrain.

You know, like they say...

the wailing and the gnashing of teeth."

(David Lynch)


Taking inspiration from Tobe Hooper, Chuck Palahniuk and David Lynch, AND HELL FOLLOWED WITH THEM is a haunting piece of theatre, exploring the formal structures that exist to create tension and suspense within the horror genre.


Drunken Chorus descend into a dark and disturbing world of fear, violence and torture. Packed with rhythms, repetitions and motifs, the performance merges nightmarish visions with grotesque movement and gallows humour. It is a performance that explores our perceptions of horror; a performance full of darkness and silence; a performance that lies always in the shadow of some horrific act. 



“The heightened cinematic sensibility gives a warped kind of beauty to the enigmatic characters, and the churning, crackly soundtrack had the power to wrench me from my seat on several occasions... visceral, enigmatic and atmospheric” (Cutteruption, Online Review Site)


“Shadowy, noir-ish, tenebrous” (Jildy Sauce, Online Review Site)


“Brave and brilliant stuff. I can see it might divide audiences, but let it! We need work that takes risks and this does so brilliantly” (Dick Bonham, The Carriageworks Theatre)


Drunken Chorus began making the work at the start of 2010, with early support from Testing Grounds – an artist development agency that enables emerging companies to take risks and try out new ideas. Following some early experiments, the company’s artistic director, Chris Williams, decided to develop the project into a full length touring theatre production. After successfully applying for Arts Council funding, the company went on to secure the support of The Nuffield Theatre in Lancaster, Junction in Goole and LANWest. Work-in-progress versions of the show were performed at Proto-Type Theater’s Sunday Lunch Club, and China Plate’s Pilot, both of which are events for developing promising new talent in theatre and live-art.

The show also has an original soundtrack by Steve Kilpatrick, which was specially commissioned by Drunken Chorus. 


Devised & performed by:

Chris Williams

Nicki Hobday

David McBride


Sound design:

Steve Kilpatrick


Lighting design:

David McBride

(first performed)

The Nuffield Theatre, 2011


The Wickham Theatre, Bristol

Leeds Met Studio Theatre @ Northern Ballet

Greenroom, Manchester

Junction, Goole

(supporting partners)

The Nuffield Theatre, Lancaster


Arts Council England

Testing Grounds

China Plate

Junction, Goole

Proto-Type Theater

Sunday Lunch Club