Cock and Bull by Nic Green

Wednesday / Jan 30 / 19
7:30 pm

Two dates:
January 30 | 7:30pm (short)
February 2 | 2:00pm (long)

Presented at Progress Festival
The Theatre Centre
1115 Queen Street West, Toronto

Curated and presented FADO Performance Art Centre in the context of Progress.

Cock and Bull
Conceived and Directed by Nic Green
Performed by Nic Green, Rosana Cade and Laura Bradshaw

Originally conceived for the eve of the 2015 UK general election, Cock and Bull sees three females convene to perform their own, alternative, party conference.

Exploring power, voice, agency and sustainability, they use the most heard phrases from Conservative governmental rhetoric, to dismantle and redress dominant paradigms of power and Politics. Responding to the meaninglessness and repetition of empty political promise, the privilege of the governmental elite and the deep discontent of an increasingly disproportionate and divided society, this work is part protest, part catharsis, part exorcism. It becomes, in part, a demonstration of togetherness. Cock and Bull is a transforming choreography of words and a passionate speech of the body, underpinned with the real-time energy of political dissatisfaction and tory tongue-speak.

For the Toronto premiere of Cock and Bull, two iterations are performed: the original short version (one hour) and the long version lasting the length of an average sitting of the House of Commons (over 7 hours). Presented as bookends in the first week of Progress, audiences are afforded the unique opportunity to investigate the performance’s structure and form as it expands (and contracts) over time.

Winner of the Total Theatre Award for best visual/physical theatre, Edinburgh (2016)

“A quiet, luminously brilliant, meditation on politics and pain.”
 ~Exeunt Magazine

★★★★ “A blistering, beautiful act.”
 ~What’s On Stage

★★★★ “Astonishing…Unforgettable performances.”
 ~The Scotsman


Wed | January 30 | 7:30pm (short version)
Sat | February 2 | 2:00pm (long version)


January 30 | 60 minutes

February 2 | 7 hours & 41 minutes


Conceived and Directed by Nic Green
Created with Laura Bradshaw and Rosana Cade

Performed by Laura Bradshaw, Rosana Cade and Nic Green (short version)
Performed by Rosana Cade and Nic Green (long version)

LX design Eleni Thomaidou
Technical support Murray Wason
Production Manager (Toronto) Deb Lim


Performed in English


January 30 | $25
February 2 | $15 (or free, with a purchased ticket to January 30 performance)

PLEASE NOTE: February 2nd is a durational performance. Audience is invited to come and go with your wristband as space allows. Tickets for this performance are available at the door only, starting two hours before performance start time. 

This year's Progress Festival takes place between January 30–February 17, 2019. Progress is collectively curated by FADO Performance Art Centre,      F-O-R-M, Native Earth Performing Arts, SummerWorks, The Power Plant, the red light district, The Theatre Centre, Uma Nota Culture and Why Not Theatre. Produced by SummerWorks in association with The Theatre Centre.

Single Tickets: $25 | PURCHASE TICKETS
3-Show Progress Pass: $60 | PURCHASE PASS
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