Goat is a new dance theatre creation from rising star Ben Duke. Darkly funny and deeply moving, it dissects the pleasure and pain of performing. The work is inspired by the music and spirit of Nina Simone, with a selection of her best-loved songs performed live on stage by jazz singer Nia Lynn.

Ben Duke is Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Lost Dog.

Ben Duke
Tom Rogers
Lighting design:
Jackie Shemesh
A selection of Nina Simone’s most popular songs, with music direction by Yshani Perinpanayagam

Premiere at Festival Theatre, Edinburgh, 26 October 2017.

Ben Duke © Alicia ClarkBen Duke

Ben is the Artistic Director and co-founder of Lost Dog. For Lost Dog, Ben has created Paradise Lost (lies unopened beside me), which won the National Dance Award for Outstanding Male Performance and was nominated for a Total Theatre award and a South Bank Sky Arts award.

Ben’s other recent work for Lost Dog includes Like Rabbits, created with award winning writer Lucy Kirkwood, and It Needs Horses. As well as his work for Lost Dog, Ben has directed and choreographed works for Scottish Dance Theatre (The Life and Times of Girl A), Phoenix Dance Theatre (Pave up Paradise), The Gate Theatre (The Sexual Neuroses of our Parents) and The National Theatre of Scotland (Dolls).

Ben trained at the Guildford School of Acting and the London Contemporary Dance School, and has a first class degree in English Literature from Newcastle University. His work is an attempt to reconcile these three trainings.

Showing at:

  • Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

    Festival Theatre
    13 - 29 Nicolson Street Edinburgh EH8 9FT
  • Theatre Royal Bath

    Theatre Royal
    Sawclose Bath BA1 1ET
  • The Alhambra Theatre, Bradford

    The Alhambra Theatre
    Morley Street Bradford BD7 1AJ
  • Sadler's Wells, London

    Sadler's Wells
    Rosebery Avenue London EC1R 4TN
  • Theatre Royal Newcastle

    Theatre Royal
    100 Grey Street Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 6BR
  • His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen

    His Majesty's Theatre
    Rosemount Viaduct Aberdeen AB25 1GL
  • Theatre Royal Nottingham

    Theatre Royal
    Theatre Square Nottingham NG1 5ND
  • Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury

    Aylesbury Waterside Theatre
    Exchange Street, Aylesbury Buckinghamshire HP20 1UG
  • Theatre Royal Brighton

    Theatre Royal
    New Road Brighton BN1 1SD
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