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Sat 4 May  |  8pm | Caedmon Hall, Gateshead Central Library

The Talent
by Action Hero & Deborah Pearson

Place of Origin: UK

The Talent by Action Hero_Deborah Pearson ©Ana Viotti_Action Hero_TBA-45 8mb_edited_edited


Action Hero returns to GIFT with their must-see award winning show The Talent, which questions the nature of reality and the legacy we leave behind.

Imagine: A woman, alone in a small sound booth, her voice weaving a tapestry of characters, emotions and worlds. She is a voice over artist. She is a chameleon, morphing into anything the audience desires – from computer game characters to a soothing meditation guide. But who is she truly? And what dark secrets lurk beneath the surface of her vocal talents? Is she a powerful creator, shaping narratives with her voice? Or is she a puppet, controlled by the unseen forces that demand her talents? 

The Talent is a thought-provoking exploration of the human condition, asking us to consider the value of our voices and the stories we choose to tell.

Artist biographies

Action Hero: Gemma Paintin & James Stenhouse create artworks together under the name Action Hero that explore what is it to be human now. Gemma & James’ life-long, shape-shifting collaboration spans performance, installation, sound, events & social practice. The work Action Hero has created has toured to more than 40 countries across 5 continents, from the smallest DIY and artist-led spaces to some of the world’s most prestigious art institutions, galleries and festivals.

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Deborah Pearson: Deborah Pearson's work spans playwrighting, directing, live art and visual art. She is founder and a co-director of UK-based curation collective Forest Fringe and winner of several distinctions for her practice and Forest Fringe, including twice being named on the Stage 100 list. Her performances have been staged in over twenty countries across five continents and translated into six languages.

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Commissioned by Teatro do Bairro Alto (PT) Cambridge Junction (UK) & South Street Arts/ University of Reading (UK). With support from PACT Zollverein (DE) and Bristol Old Vic Ferment (UK). Thanks to Queen Mary University, University of Bristol and The Yard. With funding from Arts Council England.

Text: Gemma Paintin, Deborah Pearson and James Stenhouse 

Direction: Deborah Pearson and James Stenhouse

Performer: Gemma Paintin

Off-stage voices: Deborah Pearson and James Stenhouse

Sound design: Yas Clarke

Lighting design: Alex Fernandes

Set Design: Camilla Clarke

Dramaturgy: Tania El Khoury


BSL interpreted
signed performance

The Talent is presented with British Sign Language (BSL) interpretation, delivered by an interpreter positioned on one side of the stage.  


BSL interpreter: Faye Alvi.

Date & Time: Sat 4 May at 8pm
Duration: 1 hour
Age guidance: 14+
Tickets: £12-£8


Caedmon Hall
Gateshead Library 
Prince Consort Road

Further Ticket information

There are three ways to experience GIFT:

  • Individual Performance, Workshop & Panel Discussion Tickets £12-£5
    Want to pick and choose which events you attend? Individual performance tickets are available for each performance, priced between £12 and £8 for concessions. Individual workshop and panel discussion tickets are £5.

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    Pro-tip: A limited number of early bird passes are available for only £40 in March, so grab yours before they're gone!

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By attending GIFT, you're directly supporting the development and presentation of new artistic works in Gateshead.

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