“Mad, bad and dangerous to know…” ~ Lady Caroline Lamb’s description of the poet Lord Byron.

Founded in December 2014, Dangerous To Know is a theatre company proudly rooted in the north of England. We bring the hidden side of modern history and everyday politics to the stage, giving a voice to those who are too often forgotten. Our works dissect long-accepted attitudes, exploring and exploding modern myth.


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Our Projects to Date

Our inaugural work was The Dissolution of Percy, a unique piece of theatre about the final few years in the life of Branwell Brontë, focusing on male mental health and the value of feminism in a man’s world. The piece was funded by Arts Council England and performances took place at The Kings Arms Theatre in Salford and Parkside Social Club in Haworth.

“Gripping… Fine performances… Excellent…” ***** RemoteGoat (The Dissolution of Percy)

The company delivered the first ever performance adaptation of Charlotte Brontë’s Shirley as part of a tour around Farfield Mill in the Yorkshire Dales National Park on the 16th and 17th of September 2017. The piece studied the Luddite uprising and its parallels with worker displacement today.

Theft of a Girl – our first multimedia work, based around a simple and striking live monologue accompanied by a stop-motion film about a real abduction case in 1826 – was performed as part of Live at Lyme, a collaboration between Trust New Art and Creative Industries Trafford. The piece explored the manipulation and under-education of young girls. It was shown at the National Trust’s Lyme Park in Disley in September 2017.

On Me was our first production set in the “modern day”. The show ran from 27th – 30th July 2022 at the Seven Oaks pub as part of the Greater Manchester Fringe festival. Following the blossoming relationship between true crime docudrama actors Shona and Christian, the piece explored today’s extreme awareness of gender-based violence and its impact on “genuine” romance, while underlining the need for a real discussion around female safety.

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  1. Michelle Teasdale says:

    Will you be performing this anywhere else after Howarth? I usually get up there at least once a month but can’t make that date, I would have loved to see it there too. Any chance you’ll be performing it in Liverpool? Branwell enjoyed many a visit to Liverpool.


    1. Hello Michelle,

      At present, our performance in Haworth is the final date of our run. The production will be performed in Salford from 4th – 7th November (see details: https://dangeroustoknow.org/the-dissolution-of-percy-book-tickets/) which is, of course, a little closer. We would absolutely love to bring the production to Liverpool; we are well aware of its connections with Branwell’s story, but that is of course dependent on everything that happens after curtain-down on the final night! As a new company, everything is tantalizingly “up in the air” for us at the moment. It’s wonderful to hear that we’re in demand, and touring elsewhere is certainly something we want to pursue, but in the meantime, in order to ensure you get to see the piece, I’d definitely recommend getting tickets to one of the Salford dates if you can make it!

      Best wishes,



  2. mcphoney1983 says:

    That would be great if you could bring the production to Liverpool! Fingers crossed! It’s very difficult for me to get up to the Manchester at the best of times but being in Liverpool would be quite local to me!! Be great to see if that was possible!!


  3. mcphoney1983 says:

    That would be great if the production could come to Liverpool! Hopefully you can pull some strings to make it happen! I find it difficult to get up Manchester ways at the best of times but Liverpool would be ideal! Fingers crossed! And keep up the good work btw!!


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