Nic Green

Cock and Bull

Presented by the Royal Exchange Theatre + Word of Warning
Created by Nic Green with Laura Bradshaw, Rosana Cade + Simone Kenyon

In Brief

Conceived for the eve of the 2015 General Election — part protest, part catharsis, part exorcism: an alternative party conference to redress the balance of power.

Read their May 2016 article in The Guardian.

Venue + Booking Details

Dates: (Thursday 16 / Friday 17 sold-out) Saturday 18 March 2017, 7.30pm
Venue: The Studio at Royal Exchange Theatre, St Ann’s Square, Manchester M2 7DH
Tickets: £12/10 (Friday only: £6 tickets available for students/under 26.)
Box Office Tel: 0161 833 9833

Access Information

Age advisory: parental/guardian discretion. With no interval, the show lasts approximately 60-70 minutes. For specific age + access information please email or call 0161 232 6086.


Exploring power, voice, agency and sustainability, three women convene to perform their own, alternative, party conference — and using oft-heard rhetoric they dismantle and redress dominant paradigms of politics and power in a demonstration of togetherness.

Winner of a 2016 Total Theatre Award (Physical/Visual Theatre).

Who are they?

Laura Bradshaw, Nic Green + Rosana Cade are Glasgow-based artists, originally conceiving Cock and Bull in response to the 2015 General Election.

Work under the artistic direction of Nic Green is broad and comprehensive, spanning dance, theatre, sonics and site-specific performance; her work has been commissioned and presented nationally and internationally to critical acclaim since 2005, and she is probably best known for her award-winning Trilogy, with Part One co-commissioned by hÅb and performed at greenroom in April 2008 during Method Lab.

What people have said about Cock and Bull

A battering ram against the political establishment… For all its fury and exhaustion, it’s also cathartic… A blistering, beautiful act.
★★★★ Matt Trueman, What’s On Stage

Cock and Bull in Manchester was a Lyn Gardner top theatre ticket and reviewed by Exeunt + QuietManDave.

Artist Workshop

Voice, Pattern + Meaning: Saturday 18 March, 10am-4pm
A practical workshop in The Studio at Royal Exchange Theatre — open to artists working across performance interested in experimenting with (speaking) voice, rhythm, deconstruction and vocal patterning + composition. Nic Green will share some processes connected with Cock and Bull, including influences and inspirations, techniques, exercises and ideas behind the work. Participants will apply these in their own way to create original performance experiments.

How to attend the workshop
First: you must be a member of RET’s Open Exchange Network — membership is free to Greater Mcr-based emerging theatre-makers/artists aged 18+ and you can apply to join online.
Then: register for the free artist workshop by emailing Davinia Jokhi at RET via (N.B. capacity is limited to about 15).
If you go: please wear comfortable clothing and bring water; should you have any specific or additional needs, please let Davinia know in advance so RET can be sure to accommodate these with awareness and sensitivity.


Created by Nic Green with Laura Bradshaw, Rosana Cade + Simone Kenyon.

Websites | @nicgreen_ | #CockandBull

Performance Programme Spring 2017

Wed 25 Jan, 8pm. Pay What You Decide | Part of WTF at The Lowry
Castle Rock
Thu 16 Feb, 6-9pm. Free | Thursday Lates at the Whitworth during Queer Contact 2017
(I Could Go On Singing)
Over The Rainbow
(Wed 1 Mar, 8pm sold-out.) Pay What You Decide | Part of WTF at The Lowry
A Machine They're Secretly Building
(Thu 16 + Fri 17 sold-out) Sat 18 Mar, 7.30pm. £12/10 | The Studio at Royal Exchange Theatre
Cock and Bull
Sat 1 Apr, 12noon-4pm. Free | Z-arts
Haphazard 2017