A cross-artform centenary celebration of satirical US writer William S Burroughs.

Join us for a gonzo gala cut-up evening of art, music, film, song and testimony devoted to William S Burroughs, the celebrated American writer and author of The Naked Lunch in his one hundredth anniversary year.

Once described as the greatest satirical writer since Jonathan Swift, Burroughs believed 'In the U.S. you have to be a deviant or die of boredom.'

Boring this won’t be. At the heart of the evening is the world premiere of a new cantata by Gavin Bryars and Richard Strange: Language is a Virus from Outer Space, performed by the young ensemble We Are Children (We Make Sound).

We also feature...

A one-off reunion performance of the seminal proto-punk band The Doctors of Madness; Audrey Riley (Smashing Pumpkins, Muse, Coldplay, Icebreaker); Sarah Jane Morris (Communards, The Republic, The Happy End); Anni Hogan (Marc and the Mambas, Barry Adamson, Paul Weller); and Kate St. John (Philip Glass, Damon Albarn, Tom Waits, The Dream Academy, Van Morrison, Marianne Faithfull).


A specially created work by the artist Gavin Turk
A specially created film, directed by Bill Nelson, who also composed the film's original soundtrack
A sound performance sculpture by Haroon Mirza
A brand new dance solo choreographed especially for the event by award-winning choreographer Luca Silvestrini (Protein Dance)
A performance of Burroughs-related work by Jeremy Reed ('The most beautiful, outrageously brilliant poetry in the world' – Björk)
A specially commissioned piece by the novelist Rupert Thomson ('Rupert Thomson's The Insult is one of the 100 must-read books of all time' – David Bowie)
A brand new musical work by David Coulter (The Pogues, Jarvis Cocker, Kronos Quartet) and Seb Rochford (Polar Bear)

Plus special guests Raf and O.

Presented with the support of The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance and Arts Council England.