Event Details

Wed 05 Apr

Time: 7.30pm

Running Time: 90 mins (including interval)

Venue: Main House

Ticket Information: £16 adult, £10 U25

Booking Fee: £1.50 transaction fee per booking

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Producer: Rosie Kay Dance Company

Lighting Designer: Mike Gunning

Choreographer & Director: Rosie Kay

Producer: James Preston

Performers: Shanelle Clemenson, Harriet Ellis, Shelley Eva Haden, Lizzie Klotz, João Maio, Ryan Munroe, Oliver Russell

Composer: Annie Mahtani

Costume Designer: Gary Card

Set and Video Designer:: Louis Price

Dramaturg: Tessa Walker

Creative Collaborator: Adam Curtis


Enter the hypnotic world of MK ULTRA. Rosie Kay’s new work is a high energy, supercharged mash-up of thrilling dance, music and imagery. It is inspired by the bizarre realm of pop culture mind control conspiracies. 

Rosie Kay is one of the UK’s leading female choreographers. She is renowned for her athletic movement, rigorous research and intelligent theatricality. Choreographer to the hit film Sunshine on Leith, Kay is best known for the five star award-winning 5 SOLDIERS. 

MK ULTRA is a CIA code word for a real LSD fuelled brainwashing technique developed by the US military. Popular conspiracy theory believes that MK ULTRA is still active and programmes certain pop stars as puppets of the ‘Illuminati’, a shadowy elite intent on creating a New World Order of authoritarian world government. 

Exploring popular culture has never been so odd- a world filled with satanic images, occult messages, hidden symbols and hyper-sexualisation, this stuff is packaged as mainstream and sold across the globe. 

Kay, with a typically fearless eye, delves deeply into this world and conjures up something entirely new, subverting the subversive. If you didn’t know about the Illuminati, you soon will and if you did, expect MK ULTRA to shatter the Illuminati’s illusory control

Rosie Kay Dance Company are doing workshops based on their incredible show MK ULTRA. For more information click here.

Informal post-show discussion in the Bar: Wednesday 5 April

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