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Sat 2 May  |  5.30am - 8.26pm

Online durational performance  |  Age 16+

Crack of Dawn

By Greg Wohead, performed by Greg Wohead, Amelia Stubberfield, Tim Bromage, Catriona James

CRACK OF DAWN by Greg Wohead. Copywright

Durational Performance - audience can drop in, drop out, or stay...

In January 2009, Greg and his partner found themselves in rural Illinois sitting at the kitchen table of a traditional Amish couple, Samuel and Martha Herschberger. Across that table, they attempted to share a conversation across divergent perspectives.


Crack of Dawn is an online improvised durational performance that lasts from sunrise to sunset, taking the idea of that original conversation as its source and replaying it again. And again and again and again. 


Through an almost musical progression of repetitions we will share secret thoughts, differing perspectives and apple butter recipes over a distance as one afternoon turns into a strange, kaleidoscopic examination of empathy, assumptions, and the possibility or impossibility of ever really understanding one another.

Jokes recur, facades slip and there might be Time After Time karaoke.


You are invited to dip in and out, put it on in the background or join us for the whole thing. We’ll be here all day.

Crack of Dawn is co-commissioned by Theatre in the Mill, South Street, University of Reading, Chapter and The Yard with additional support from Shoreditch Town Hall. The development was supported by a residency programme with Los Angeles Performance Practice at CAP UCLA and mala voadora’s Dois por Dois residency program supported by Inresidenceporto. Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England with additional funding by the Peggy Ramsay Foundation.

Image: Paul Blakemore

Ticket information and accessing events online

Due to Covid-19, this year's GIFT festival has been re-imagined online providing a digital space for us to come together and experience work and participate in virtual discussion events and workshop activities.

Tickets are limited and Pay What You Decide. You can make a donation to support this year’s festival here

Artist biographies

Greg Wohead

Greg Wohead is a writer, performer and live artist originally from Texas. He makes theatre performances, one-to-one pieces and audio works. He draws on a range of references and forms including autobiography, found audio, film, historical reenactment and fan fiction. His work has been seen at theatres and festivals in the UK, US and Europe.  He’s an Associate Artist at The Yard and Shoreditch Town Hall in London.

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