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 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.