Just for Show

Lloyd Newson / DV8 Physical Theatre (London)

Just for Show

Just for Show

© Jiri Volek

  • 1 h 15 min, without interval

Past Dates

Talk with Lloyd Newson on 2 December before the performance at 18:00

“To be able to live, one needs illusions”
Otto Rank

“Just for Show” is a show about showing and showing off in a world where looking good has become more essential than being good; where faking it has become synonymous with making it, where beautiful lies hide grubby truths.

Using virtual projection, visual illusion and word play, DV8’s international cast explores the importance of appearance and image in our lives. When reality has a different script from the one in our dreams, who wouldn’t make up stories to fool themselves?

DV8 Physical Theatre’s work is about taking risks, both physically and aesthetically, breaking down barriers between dance and theatre, dealing with personal politics and, above all, communicating ideas and feelings clearly and unpretentiously. It is determined to be radical yet accessible, and to take its work to as wide an audience as possible.

"Just for Show" won two of the four awards available at the 39th Belgrade International Theater Festival BITEF: the Jury's Special Prize, and the Audience Award.


Conceived and directed by Lloyd Newson
Assistant to the Director Gabriel Castillo
Set Design Lloyd Newson, Naomi Wilkinson
Music John Hardy, Simon Hunt
Lighting Design Jack Thompson
Costumes Christina Cunningham
Video Design Niall Black
Video Artist Oliver Manzi

Performers Mikel Aristegui, Joanne Fong, David Hughes, Tanja Liedtke, Alessandra Mattana, Matthew Morris, Miguel Muñoz, Celine Perroud, Kylie Walters, Paul White

Production DV8 Physical Theatre
Co-production with Romaeuropa Festival and Accademia Filarmonica, Rome, National Theatre, London, Théâtre de la Ville – Festival d’Automne, Paris; and spielzeiteuropa | Berliner Festspiele, Berlin.
Commissioned by Brighton Festival.
Supported by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and the British Council