My Name is Sue - The Bloody Ballad

Dafydd James & Company

Company Name:

Dafydd James & Company

Description of the Company:

A collaboration of artists, led by Dafydd James, we explore the queer, paradoxical and profound dimensions of life through original stories, music and performance.

Playing between humour, pathos and genre we create viscerally immersive art. We investigate what makes us non/human and in/sane, exploding the mundane to discover the epic.

Aims in Edinburgh:

The Total-Award winning and cult smash hit 'My Name is Sue' returns to Edinburgh to extend its touring circuit from the UK to the United States, Australia, Asia and International Festivals. With a Christmas sequel touring the UK in December – 'Sue: the Second Coming' – it's a fantastic opportunity to raise the profile of the character both home and abroad.

Key Contact:

Dafydd James (co-creator, writer and performer)

Iain Goosey (producer)

Contact Details: / +44 (0)77 7978 9158 / + 44 (0)78 2843 2238

Production Name:

My Name is Sue

Edinburgh Venue:

Underbelly Topside


Monday 12th August – Monday 26th August 2013

Performance Times:


Production Description:

An award-winning cult smash, My Name is Sue tells the story of a piano-wielding, pill popping prophet from Wales. With virtuosic piano skills, a soaring falsetto and her faithful backing band, Sue will sing you through her life from finishing school to Doomsday.

Sitting somewhere between theatre, cabaret, comedy and gig, Sue (the twisted love-child of Tim Minchin and Victoria Wood) delights in mixing the everyday and the epic, observational comedy and dark fantasy. However you categorise it, Sue's beautifully-crafted songs of suburban longing and loneliness will make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up.

My Name is Sue is a collaboration between two award-winning theatre-makers: writer-director Ben Lewis (co-founder of Inspector Sands – Hysteria, If Thats All There Is) and writer-composer Dafydd James (Cameron Mackintosh Award winner, Llwyth).

Following its Total Theatre Award-winning premiere, Sue completed a tour of the UK and Ireland, culminating in a two-week run at London’s prestigious Soho Theatre.


Approximately 60 minutes, no interval

Number in Cast:


Touring availability:

Late 2013 - throughout 2014

Size of Company on tour:

Five on the road (four performers), for longer international runs we are willing to explore the possibility of recruiting instrumentalists locally.

How the production is transported:

One mid size transit van and company car

Technical Requirements:

Stage area required 6000mm x 5000mm. Equipment required from venue includes: upright piano, MICS: 1 x Hand-Held mic, 4 x condenser mics, 1 x Violin Pick-up mic, 1 x Drum Kick and snare mic, 2 x Drum Overheads pick-up. MONITORS: 3 x monitor speakers for fold-back, 3 separate mixes. P.A: Full range speaker system for FOH. MIXING DESK: Minimum 12 input channels / 2 main outputs / 4 auxillary or group outputs

Wrap-around activities/outreach:


Key review quotes:

‘Brilliant...hysterically funny and beautifully played'
**** Time Out

‘James and Lewis have written an act of great skill and strangeness’
**** The Times

"It’s not often that you come across something truly original. My Name Is Sue is the most bizarrely original, unexpected and funny show currently playing in London. Maybe anywhere."
**** Whatsonstage

'One of the most unusual, remarkable and memorable hours on the Fringe'
- Stage 'Must See', The Stage

Links to Company website / production footage:

The company can offer workshops in devising for the stage (grounded in the pedagogy of Jacques Lecoq), writing for the stage and a workshop in music and theatre.

Other productions available for touring:

A brand new sequel to the award-winning My Name is Sue. Sue: The Second Coming has been developed in association with Chapter Arts Centre and Bristol Old Vic and will tour the UK in December 2013.

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