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Production Photo from I, Daniel Blake. An actor is stood in the centre of the stage on a school table, he hands are up in the air and he is holding a spray paint can. Behind him is a billboard with the following text spray painted on it: 'I, Daniel Blake demand my appeal date before I starve'. In front of him is a man cheering him on. A purple light shines on them.

I, Daniel Blake

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I, Daniel Blake adapted by Dave Johns from the film directed by Ken Loach, written by Paul Laverty, and produced by Rebecca O’Brien for Sixteen Films.

Dan is a carpenter.  A Geordie through and through.  Just on the mend after a heart attack.

Katie has just arrived from London. Finally got a council house for her and the kids.  A fresh start.

I, Daniel Blake is one of the most important stories of a generation.  A glimpse behind the headlines and the stark reality of what happens when the political system is stacked against you.  With 14.5 million* people living in poverty in the UK, this is not fiction.  It is reality.

A touching and vital story of how people come together in the face of adversity and how sometimes creating a family to support you just isn’t enough.  The show is adapted for stage by Dave Johns who played Daniel Blake in the award winning 2016 film.

*Joseph Rowntree Foundation 2022 Poverty Report.


From £12.50

Presented by

Northern Stage, Birmingham Rep, ETT, Oldham Coliseum and tiny dragon Productions, in association with Cardboard Citizens

Adapted by

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Running Time

2 hours including interval

Access Performances

Audio Described: Fri 23 Jun 7.45pm (interpreted by Jonathan Nash)

BSL Interpreted: Wed 21 Jun 7.45pm (interpreted by Clare Edwards)

Captioned: All performances will be captioned


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Production Photos

Photos by Pamela Raith Photography


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