Jo Bannon

 We Are Fucked

CANCELLED — The Lowry will be in touch if you donated when you booked a ticket.

Presented by The Lowry + Word of Warning as a WTF Wednesday

In Brief

Soft flesh contends with hard metal as vibrating bodies + hysterical voices attempt to unseat the hidden interior of anxiety, desire, exertion, sexuality + relentless penetration, in a new ensemble piece by Jo Bannon with Louise Ahl + Rosana Cade.

Venue + Booking Details

Date: was Wednesday 1 April 2020, 8pm
Venue: was The Lowry (Aldridge Studio), Pier 8, Salford Quays, M50 3AZ
Tickets: were Pay What You Decide — if you donated £5 when you booked a ticket The Lowry will be in touch in due course.
Box Office tel: 0161 876 2000 (The Lowry)

Access Information

Please note: this performance will be audio described + captioned.
Age Advisory: 16+ (parental/guardian discretion).
Please note: there are no specific content warnings for the show.
Duration: approximately 1 hour (no interval).
Features: choreographed movement + minimal live spoken English.
Specific age + access info: please get in touch with us by emailing or call 0161 232 6086 during weekday office hours.


Three bodies are working hard — using an assortment of domestic objects with a choreography of subtle shaking and relentless labour to produce moments of operatic melodrama and brooding states of dissent, quaking + eruption.

‘What is the role or necessity of pain in personal and social change? And who pays the price?’

A striking, subtle dance piece, We Are Fucked uncovers the hard work it sometimes takes to live in a world which is not designed for you. Ecstatic and excruciating, euphoric and unforgiving — it’s also quite sexy.

WAF premiered in August 2018 at Arnolfini, prior to performances in September 2018 at Southbank Centre’s Unlimited Festival.

Who is she?

Jo Bannon returns after 2017’s Alba — her story of paleness, blending in + standing out.

A Bristol-based artist working in performance, choreography + live art, Jo also works as a dramaturg, educator + writer, and is a founder member of artist collective Residence. She has presented work in the UK, Europe, South America, USA, China, South Korea + Australia — Word of Warning presented her intimate Exposure during 2013’s Domestic.

Jo’s work is concerned with sensory perception and human encounter — exploring how our physical bodies experience the world around us, and how this sensory experience can or cannot be conveyed. Informed by her identity as a disabled woman with albinism, her work attempts to unpick the ways we look, hear, and sense our immediate environment — in order to rethink or make unfamiliar these intrinsic human behaviours. 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 her

Penetrate the earth in the wrong way it will react. Penetrate the human body with enough daily violence and what…?
 — Exeunt on We Are Fucked
Doubt and disturbance come to a climax in Jo Bannon’s powerfully penetrating performance
 — Springback Magazine on We Are Fucked
In its own unassuming way, this show is a little miracle
 — The Guardian on Alba


Concept: Jo Bannon | Devised + Performed by: Louise Ahl, Jo Bannon, Rosana Cade | Dramaturg: Sue Palmer | Sound Designer: Yas Clarke | Lighting Designer: Jo Palmer | Production Manager: Mark Munday | Mentor: Claire Cunningham | Producer: MAYK | Audio Description: Rationale Method | Captioning: The Difference Engine | Film + Photography: Paul Samuel White

Commissioned + supported by Unlimited, celebrating the work of disabled artists, with funding from Arts Council England. Additional support from Residence, Access2Arts + Arnolfini.

Website + Social Media | @missjobannon | Jo Bannon on facebook

Performance Programme Spring 2020

Wed 12 Feb, 8pm. PWYD | The Lowry
Sex Education
Thu 27 Feb, 6pm-10pm. PWYD | NIAMOS
Emergency StopGap
Thu 19 — Sat 21 Mar, 7.30pm. £13/11/7 | Royal Exchange Theatre
Idol (Cancelled)
Wed 1 Apr, 8pm. PWYD | The Lowry
We Are Fucked (Cancelled)
Fri 1 May, 7pm. Free | Facebook, Twitter, YouTube
Oreo Variations (Rescheduled)
Fri 22 May, 9pm. Donations welcome | Online
Works Ahead 2020 (Adapted)
White Sun
(PWYD indicates you Pay What You Decide)