• Am I Invisible Yet?

    A new play by former Chumbawamba frontman, Dunstan Bruce

  • Tour dates

    The Rialto Theatre, Brighton............6/5/22 Review: Fringereview

    The Rialto Theatre, Brighton.............7/5/22

    The Rialto Theatre, Brighton.............8/5/22

    Old Woollen, Leeds..............................8/6/22 Tickets

    The Trades Club, Hebden Bridge....9/6/22 Tickets

    The Brindley Theatre, Runcorn.......10/6/22 Tickets

    The Rondo Theatre, Bath..................22/6/22 Tickets

    The Old Court, Windsor....................24/6/22 Tickets

    Beautiful Days Festival, Devon.........19/8/22 Tickets

    Barnsley Civic, Barnsley......................15/9/22 Tickets

    Harrogate Theatre................................16/9/22

    Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond,

    North Yorks .............................................17/9/22

    The Barbican, Plymouth .....................23/9/22 Tickets

    Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich .......28/9/22

    Exchange, North Shields....................7/10/22 Tickets

    Exchange, North Shields....................8/10/22 Tickets

    The Georgian, Stockton......................9/10/22 Tickets

    Forest Arts Centre, New Milton ....19/10/22 Tickets

    Ashcroft Arts Centre, Fareham .....20/10/22 Tickets

    The Corn Hall, Diss ..............................22/10/22 Tickets

    West End Centre, Aldershot ............23/10/22

     

  • Outline

    Am I Invisible Yet?

    Former Chumbawamba vocalist Dunstan Bruce performs his new 1-hour play; a rollercoaster of despair, anger, love and ultimately hope. Join him on this riotous journey that will resonate with anyone who once thought they could change the world, and is still determined to get back up again.

  • Trailer

  • Synopsis

    In this personal and irreverent 1-man show Dunstan Bruce, ex-frontman with chart-topping band Chumbawamba, takes the audience on an existential voyage told through poetry, prose, music and projection.

     

    'Am I Invisible Yet?' is no cozy fireside chat reminiscing about his Tubthumping past - it's a vital blast of angst, anger and despair. It is Theatre du Coeur, a love letter to hope, humanity and the haphazard heart.

     

    Feeling increasingly invisible, impotent and apoplectic in today's world, wondering if we're all going to hell in a handcart, Dunstan gives us a piece of performance poetry and physical theatre that rages and ranges across angst and despair, comedy and delight, middle-aged dissolution and disillusion.

     

    Fuelled with a whisky drink, a vodka drink, a cider drink and a lager drink, and with a love for the new generation of artists and activists, maybe, just maybe, if we do the things we're most afraid of, perhaps we can still get back up again.....

    That was meant to be butch.

    I'm mad as hell, and I'm not going to take it any more!

    Love it all!

  • Reviews

    1

    Highly Recommended Show

    "Charming, collusion-smashing performer"

     

    2

    The Source

    (Nick Coquet)

    "A great way of pissing the night away with one of pop's most interesting 1-hit-wonders. A brilliant live debut"

    3

    "Angry-funny, in-yer-face endearing; the punky performance poet and the more mellow, reflective self-mocker"

    4

    hSpark Radio

    (Chris Nash)

    Thought provoking as well as entertaining. Brilliant.

  • Audience

    Who will come?

    'Am I Invisible Yet?' premiered in Brighton in November 2021, and sold out its 2-night run (180 seats) and is perfect for arts theatres with a capacity of around 60-200 people.

     

    2022 is the 25th anniversary of the release of the Chumbawamba somg "Tubthumping" ("I get knocked down!") and there will be considerable media attention on the song and the band, including documentaries on the BBC and distribution of the film "I Get Knocked Down".

     

    Chumbawamba are already well known across the world, and this fame will attract the attention of potential audiences for the show.

     

    The show's audience is predominantly news-aware, middle-aged people; not only existing theatre goers, but also gig goers, artists, activists, old punks and culturally and politically-conscious people of all ages.

  • Tech spec

    What we need

    Stage size:

    Minimum 5m wide, 3m deep

    Distance from stage floor to your lighting rig or grid a minimum of 3.5m clear.

     

    Video

    A front of house positioned projector (ceiling mounted or situated in a rear of auditorium control area)

    This must have a capability for the projected image to be resized to fit our toured self supporting screen - the image is 1.35m high.

     

    We supply the images on our own lap top and HDMI connector.

     

    Sound

    PA system with a fold-back/monitor feed. ( we tour our own on stage monitor)

    Our stage monitor will require a 13 amp feed on stage.

     

    Lighting

    General stage wash.

    2 focusable ’specials’ either hard edge profile or fresnels with, if possible, barn doors.

     

    Dimmable House Lights and a communication between the technical operator and the performance area.

     

     

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    Dunstan Bruce, ex-frontman with chart-topping band Chumbawamba, performs his new 1-hour play; a rollercoaster of despair, anger, love and ultimately hope.

    In this personal and irreverent 1-man show Dunstan takes the audience on an existential voyage told through poetry, prose, music and projection.

    'Am I Invisible Yet?' is no cosy fireside chat reminiscing about his Tubthumping past - it's a vital blast of angst, anger and despair. It is Theatre du Coeur, a love letter to hope, humanity and the haphazard heart.

    Join him on this riotous journey that will resonate with anyone who once thought they could change the world, and is still determined to get back up again.

    Director: Sophie Robinson

    Producer: Tom Dussek

  • Production Team

    Performer and writer

    Dunstan Bruce was a member of the multi-million selling anarchist pop band Chumbawamba for 23 years, performing on the world's biggest stagers and TV shows. Their biggest hit was "Tubthumping", with Dunstan forever remembered as the blond-haired frontman. He co-directed the feature documentary "I Get Knocked Down" with Sophie Robinson. His latest band is Interrobang, who released an eponymous album in 2017.

    Director

    Sophie Robinson is a director of documentary film, television and theatre. She is behind Emmy and BAFTA award-winning films such as "Surgeon's cut: Living Donor" and "My Beautiful Broken Brain". Sophie has also made theatrical productions for television such as "Me, My Mouth & I" with disability activist and performer Jess Thom featuring her unforgettable performance of Beckett's "Not I". She co-directed the feature documentary "I Get Knocked Down" with Dunstan, due to be released in 2022.

    Producer

    ​Tom Dussek specialises in producing interesting theatre. From classics like a 4-play-per-night Chekhov season, through the Theatre du Coeur of "Doing What It Says On The Tin" (Brighton and London), to innovative shows like "After", where the same play was developed and performed twice by different parent and child casts, Tom brings fresh, invigorating theatre to audiences who have seen enough of the same old same old.

  • Connect With Me

    Please do get in touch - we'd love to discuss putting on a performance of 'Am I Invisible Yet' with you.