R.I.O.T. by Panic Lab


A comic book come to life in highly physical dance theatre.

In a world of blockbuster adaptations and endless reboots, four performers dream of being awesome. Playing superheroes, they are caught in a series of conflicts which are both personal, and intricately political.

The ultimate battle between good and evil becomes a struggle for identity and representation, in a story they didn’t choose.

Spiced with comic book and action hero references, the epic adventure unfolds through action-packed choreography and projected illustrations.

Four people stand in an empty frame, confident and poised, ready to prove that they are worthy of joining a pantheon of super-powered heroes and villains.


Conceived and written by Joseph Mercier

Co-directed by Deirdre McLaughlin and Joseph Mercier

Performed and choreographed by Sabrina Gargano, Jordan Lennie, Tess Letham and Joseph Mercier.

All images © Manuel Vason 2019
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