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Fri 1 May  |  3pm |  BSL interpreted

Online performance and conversation in real time  |  Age 16+  



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ships-ov-fool is a performance and sound installation by Newcastle based writer-performer-artist, and former Sage Gateshead summer studio resident, gobscure international, followed by a post-show conversation.


A playful new work portraying a teenager trying to reclaim ‘the languages of lunacy’ and their lost marbles after a breakdown, weaving together storytelling, soundscapes and objects. Inspired by Hieronymous Bosch’s painting ‘Ship of Fools’, in which the artist once found temporary peace, the performance questions those currently shouting their sanity the loudest.

Image: Liz Rose Ridley

Artist biographies


gobscure is a self-taught writer-performer-artist, with an acclaimed international record. their works include solo exhibitions with fokidos athens, art House wakefield, university of atypical belfast, alma zevi venice - with sound, film / av at their core.  a sage gateshead summer studios residency and francis chagrin award from sound and music last year supported ships-ov-fool - finding sonic peace in a disintegrating europe. gobscure was commissioned to write an article on their concept of mad sound for disability arts online.  gobscure was recently supported by BOOST : the Third Angel Mentoring Scheme in association with sheffield theatres.

Ticket information and accessing events online

Ship-ov-Fools is for an online audience of 25 people and is BSL interpreted. 

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

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