Jo Bannon


Presented by The Lowry + Word of Warning as part of WTF

In Brief

Blinding light and visual poetry; inherited myth and performed identity.
A story of paleness, of blending in and of standing out.

Now that it’s over, read a review by Frankly My Dear.

Venue + Booking Details

Date: Wednesday 27 September 2017, 8pm
Venue: The Lowry (Aldridge Studio), Pier 8, Salford Quays, M50 3AZ
Tickets: available to reserve from Fri 25 Aug, Pay What You Decide in person on the evening. Please note the WTF Wednesday ticketing policy below.
Box Office Tel: 0843 208 6000 (The Lowry)

Access Information

Age advisory: parental/guardian discretion. With no interval, the show lasts approximately 50 minutes. For specific age + access information please email or call 0161 232 6086.


I was born on the day the Pope came to Coventry, my home town. In my family this unexpected appearance was perceived as a blessing. A sublime gift.

Influenced by her experience as a person with albinism, Jo Bannon uses blinding light, proximity, movement and sound to create an extraordinary visual poem.

Alba explores the stories we tell of ourselves and the stories told about us, the myths we inherit and the ones we embody, the identities we cannot shake off and so instead perform.

Who is she

A Bristol-based artist making live art and performance, Jo also works as a dramaturg and producer, and is an In Between Time associate artist and founder member of Residence. She has presented work in the UK and Europe — Word of Warning presented her intimate Exposure during 2013’s Domestic.

Her work is concerned with human exchange and encounter, and explores how our physical bodies experience the world around us and how this sensory experience can or cannot be conveyed. She attempts to unpick the ways we look, hear and sense our immediate environment in order to rethink or make unfamiliar these intrinsic human behaviors. Her performances often manifest as intimate encounters designed for single or small audiences (e.g. Exposure), alongside staged theatre work and installations.

What people have said about Alba

In its own unassuming way, this show is a little miracle, too.
Lyn Gardner, The Guardian
…creates a transcendent moment…
Total Theatre
…a bleached-white poem of domesticity and miracles.
The Stage


Created by Jo Bannon.
Dramaturg: Nic Green | Sound Design: Yas Clarke | Lighting Design: Jo Palmer
Commissioned + produced by In Between Time with Ovalhouse + Pink Fringe. Supported by Residence. Developed through Fuel’s Jerwood Residencies at Cove Park which are supported by the Jerwood Charitable Foundation.
Image by Paul Blakemore.

Websites | @missjobannon | WTF Wednesday

WTF Wednesday ticketing policy at The Lowry

As this is a Pay What You Decide event, we know some people who book tickets won’t turn up on the night so we send out more tickets than there are places. We do our best to get the numbers right but we advise you arrive early to ensure you get a seat! We don’t often have to disappoint people but if we can’t fit you in we will try to offer you tickets to another show in The Lowry that night.

Performance Programme Autumn/Winter 2017

Please note all events are Pay What You Decide
Wed 27 Sep, 8pm. PWYD | The Lowry
Sat 30 Sep, 12noon-10pm. PWYD | Z-arts
Emergency 2017
Thu 19 Oct, 7.30pm. PWYD | STUN Studio
Windows of Displacement
Wed 8 Nov, 8pm. PWYD | The Lowry
Declining Solo
(Fri 10 Nov, 8pm sold-out) + 9.30pm;
(Sat 11 Nov, 6pm + 8pm both sold-out).
| Adelphi Court, Salford, M3 6HU
Rent Party: Domestic Edition