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  • Writer's pictureBeth Wardell

Funny and Moving One-Man Show comes to Northumberland part of LGBT+ History Month.

Combining theatre, original live music and animation The Devil Danced in Our Eyes is a funny and moving one-person show that explores sexuality and the effects of mental illness on a family.

This February audiences in Blyth and Cramlington are being invited to see The Devil Danced in Our Eyes a funny and moving tale about family, sexuality and the internet co-written and performed by Jonluke McKie.

The show, which has been co-written with Allison Davies and directed by Amy Golding, will be performed at Blyth Library on Wednesday 15 February at 6.30pm and Cramlington Library on Thursday 16 February at 6.30pm as part of LGBT+ History Month.

Featuring original live music audiences will be able to meet 15-year-old Jamie whose mum stopped coming out of her room when his Granda Frankie died. Left to his own devices Jamie’s been spending more and more time online - scrolling through the digital realm of pixels, kilobytes and the occasional adult chat room. But when he meets ‘Windsor_56’ everything changes.

Equipped with his guitar and loop pedal The Devil Danced in Our Eyes features the soulful vocals of Jonluke McKie alongside beautiful animations created and projected live each night by Simon Cole.

“I’m a queer artist who grew up in a Benefit class home in Sheffield. The show is semi- autobiographical; I wanted to tell the story of a young person like me, growing up on the margins of society, exploring his sexuality on the internet, which is both liberating and ultimately unsafe. The end result is half gig, half play, and I’m delighted to be bringing it to libraries in Northumberland as part of our North East tour.” - Jonluke

Northumberland tour dates:

  • Wednesday 15 February, 6.30pm - Blyth Library

  • Thursday 16 February, 6.30pm - Cramlington Library

Tickets for The Devil Danced in Our Eyes at Blyth Library and Cramlington Library are £3. To book tickets:

Note: The performance is suitable for people aged 16+ and includes descriptions of depression in a family, sexual content and sexual and homophobic violence towards a minor.

The Devil Danced in Our Eyes has been made possible with funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England and with kind support from Live Theatre, Curious Arts, CaroleW Productions, Gosforth Civic Theatre and Alphabetti Theatre.

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