Nottingham's own Allan Binns will perform a leading role in 'The Show Must Go On' at Nottingham Playhouse

Nottingham's own Allan Binns will perform a leading role in 'The Show Must Go On' at Nottingham Playhouse

Watch Allan Binns of Nottingham's Bohunk Institue share his insight into Candoco Dance Company's restaging of Jérôme Bel's 'The Show Must Go On' which is being performed at Nottingham Playhouse on Friday 17 & Saturday 18 April 2015.

Candoco Dance Companyis an internationally-renowned and critically-acclaimed company of disabled and non-disabled dancers. The company create excellent and profound experiences for audiences and participants that aim to excite, challenge, and broaden perceptions of art and ability.

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"We are interested in work that reveals something about the people on stage; that brings out the human. Some of our works are more abstract than others and require our audience to let go of expectations of what dance may look like. We want to engage with movement and dance that question what dance is and who can do it." - Candoco Dance Company

The Show Must Go On is one of the iconic works in the career of French choreographer Jérôme Bel. In this restaging, Candoco Dance Company bring together a cast of twenty performers, nineteen pop songs and one DJ in this one-of-a-kind show.

Controlled by a DJ and audio feed, the performers follow lyrics of the songs, ranging from musicals to well-loved pop songs in a show that examines the relationship between art and life and which constantly surprises and challenges the audience's expectations. This show is funny, moving and very life-affirming, and will have you singing in your seats!

After recieving standing ovations at both of the Sadler's Wells performances, ★★★★★ from The Guardian and ★★★★ from the London Evening Standard, Candoco Dance Company are bringing the exhilarating The Show Must Go On to Nottingham Playhouse on Friday 17 and Saturday 18 April. 


"The chemistry of Candoco Dance Company and the unerring wit and humanity of Bel’s direction are irresistible. [...] It’s one of the most potent moments of theatre I’ve known."
★★★★★ Judith Mackrell, The Guardian

Read the full review here.

"In its diversity, it’s actually a real celebration of ordinariness"
★★★★ Lyndsey Winship, London Evening Standard

Read the full review here.

Allan Binns is an artist/curator who predominantly works in film, installation and performance and is the founder and director of Bohunk Institute; an independent multidisciplinary project space, set in the heart of Nottingham's vibrant Creative Quarter.

Since graduating from Loughborough University’s School of Art & Design in 2009, Binns has gone on to exhibit and curate both locally and internationally; recently performing in Marvin Gaye Chetwynd’s Brain Bug at Nottingham Contemporary and featuring on the Where Does Choreography Meet Visual Arts Practice? panel discussion as part of Dance4’s Dance In Galleries season. He is now set to take to the Nottingham Playhouse stage in a leading role in Candoco Dance Company & Jérôme Bel's The Show Must Go On.


“It’s a very diverse cast. Different backgrounds, different abilities, and the show really gives everyone's skills a way to be celebrated. I’m looking forward to it as much as I’m nervous. It’s a homecoming gig!” - Allan Binns

"I think the piece will surprise a few people, in that they maybe would never have considered this dance. We had two standing ovations in London, a five star review in The Guardian, and if people don’t book their tickets soon, it will sell out. It’s gonna be big!" - Allan Binns interviewed by Lucy Manning, Left Lion.

Read the full Left Lion interview with Allan Binns here.

The Show Must Go On has received outstanding reviews by critics and audiences alike. Here is a small selection of Tweets from audiences who saw the premier at Sadler's Wells on 20 & 21 March 2015:

Watch the trailer here to meet the rest of the cast as they share their experiences in performing in the show.
Watch audience feedback here
to see audience members give their impressions and thoughts following the premier at Sadler's Wells.
Click here to flick through our Storify post
to see further images, reviews, tweets, videos, and more!

The Show Must Go On will be at Nottingham Playhouse on Friday 17 & Saturday 18 April 2015.

Tickets: £17 / £15 (concessions)
Group Offer 10+ tickets: £13 / £11 (concessions)
Book your tickets here.

Running time: 90 minutes
Suitable for all

Co-commissioned by Sadler’s Wells, Nottingham Playhouse/ Dance 4, Warwick Arts Centre and Tramway, Glasgow.

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