“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.
This production company has signed up to the Protecting Actors Fringe Charter, helping to ensure all cast and crew involved operate under safe and fair working conditions.
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