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Black Sheep

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What do you do when you retire from being a full-time sword swallower?

Cabaret meets theatre meets spoken-word poetry —  by one of the UK’s most exciting and innovative performing artists. Black Sheep is an autobiographical story about learning to love yourself.

Livia Kojo Alour is an award-winning sword swallower, musician, poet and theatre-maker. Ten years ago Livia moved from Germany to London to find a more diverse community to live and work in. What she found was that life-long feelings of self-hatred and otherness can follow you across borders. Follow Livia’s story, a queer woman of colour confronting what it’s like to grow up standing out, and be outstanding, in her own words.

Livia unpacks stereotypes, dissects otherness, blends genres, sings, rollerblades and performs art — a tour-de-force journey through the life of someone who’s made performance their life.

Age Guidance: 14+

Running time

65 mins


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★★★★★ “Livia belts out a song that frizzles with energy” – Broadway Baby

★★★★ “Powerfully combines personal memoir, poetry, performance and song” – The Scotsman

Creative Team

Written and Performed by Livia Kojo Alour
Artistic Mentor Marisa Carnesky
Lighting designs by Nao Nagai
Set Design by Aniras Bakchma
Produced by Livia Kojo Alour
Touring Producer Jo Mackie

There are two entrances to the theatre, Kings Road Entrance (this is the taxi drop-off/collection point) and the Main Entrance.

Both level entrances have automated doors. These lead into the foyer area where you will find the Restaurant, Bar, Box Office and entrances to Stages 1, 2 and 3.


Northern Stage is fully accessible. The theatre has three lifts providing access to all parts of the building, including the accessible toilets, baby changing facilities, stages 2 & 3 and the backstage area. Buggy parking is available


There are five wheelchair positions in Stage 1, two positions in Stage 2 and all seats are removeable in Stage 3.


Accessible toilets in Stage 3 and Stage 2 lower entrance lobby.


Induction loop system in all public spaces, and an infra-red system in all three stages. (In Stage 1 the induction loop is best covered in rows E – L).


One free ticket for the assistant of a disabled person who is not able to attend unaccompanied.


To book a free ticket for a wheelchair companion or an assistant, contact our Box Office on 0191 230 5151, via email at or by visiting our Box Office in person.


Guide, hearing and all working dogs are welcome here.


Stage 1: Seats are 43 cm wide, 41cm deep, with 46cm between arm rests. The aisleway is 51cm deep from the seat back. Arm rests cannot be removed.

Stage 2: Seats are 40cm wide, 41cm deep. The aisleway is 64cm deep from the seat back. There are no arm rests.

Our seats are rated to British Standards at installation and are guaranteed to hold up to 110kg.

More Information

To discuss any access needs, take a look at our access page or please call our Box Office on 0191 230 5151.

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