BOLD & AMBITIOUS SITE-SPECIFIC PERFORMANCES
TOURING ACROSS THE UK & INTERNATIONALLY
THEATRE IN UNUSUAL SPACES
CREATING INTIMATE EXPERIENCES
ORIGINAL COMMISSIONS
NUTURING NEW TALENT
“Enjoyable, ambitious and slightly surreal adventure”

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Dante or Die is a UK based site-specific theatre company touring nationally & internationally.

Dante or Die makes bold and ambitious site-specific touring performances. We gently transform ordinary spaces to create unique and intimate theatrical experiences.

Led by co-founders Daphna Attias and Terry O’Donovan, our original productions interrogate and celebrate contemporary human stories that take place in everyday buildings - from hotel rooms to swimming pools to cafés.

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User Not Found Autumn Tour

USER NOT FOUND AUTUMN 2019 TOUR

USER NOT FOUND had another amazing tour in Autumn 2019 that included our US debut as part of BAM's Next Wave 2019 and our Israeli debut as part of Print Screen Festival in Tel Aviv.

The sold out run in New York was a highlight of our 2019. Both audiences and critics were so generous with their responses. We're looking forward to more international dates next year and beyond.

There is immersive theater, and then there is theater so immersive that re-entering the world afterward comes as a shock, because you did not realize it had taken you so deep into another reality.” - The New York Times

"It’s a performance brimming with an open-hearted truthfulness...Technology is a kind of magic, so is theatre. User Not Found employs the best of both." - Exeunt NYC

"It evokes the same feeling of when strangers band together in the face of adversity, like when the power went out in NYC this past summer and pedestrians began directing traffic in lieu of traffic lights. It makes you realize both how much power we have collectively and yet how small we are at the same time." - No Proscenium

Our final performances for 2019 took place in Israel: 20 - 21 November: Print Screen Festival, Digital Art Center, Holon Mediatheque, Holon. We loved being a part of this festival of digital art and sharing our work with Israeli audiences for the first time. 

EVERYBODY’S GOT TO LEAVE SOMETIME

At any point a life will end.
This is a play about how we cope with the inevitable.
An exploration of a universal story that will affect all of us at some point.

This surprising, humorous and personal look at how we deal with the end of life sees us collaborate with Sheffield People's Theatre. In a unique theatrical experience, starting at the Crucible then on to the city centre's Upper Chapel, you'll be led through a series of intimate experiences by a 50-strong cast.

Dates: Tue 26, Thur 28 to Sat 30 May

Location: Upper Chapel, Sheffield City Centre

Tickets are now on sale! Book your tickets here

User Not Found Reviews

We have been delighted with the reception by critics and audiences to User Not Found:

  • “Written with a chatty poetic restraint by Chris Goode, this show is a beautiful dance of love, death and grief delivered via a single live performer (the phenomenal Terry O’Donovan), headphones and mobile phones.“ ★★★★
    Lyn Gardner in The Independent
  • “A tender, intimate story of love and letting go.” ★★★★ 
    The Guardian
  • "handles mourning and technology with fingertip lightness" ★★★★ The Sunday Times
  • "There is surreal magic in the seemingly everyday details of this expertly crafted show... they light the room with the power of tactile, human connection." ★★★★★ The Skinny
  • “A raw and magnetic performance... a gorgeous show about grief in the era of hyper connectivity“. ★★★★ 
    Time Out
  • “There is immersive theater, and then there is theater so immersive that re-entering the world afterward comes as a shock, because you did not realize it had taken you so deep into another reality.” - The New York Times

  • "It’s a performance brimming with an open-hearted truthfulness...Technology is a kind of magic, so is theatre. User Not Found employs the best of both." - Exeunt NYC

  • "It evokes the same feeling of when strangers band together in the face of adversity, like when the power went out in NYC this past summer and pedestrians began directing traffic in lieu of traffic lights. It makes you realize both how much power we have collectively and yet how small we are at the same time." - No Proscenium

  • "This production is what theatre in 2018 should be - ambitious, contemporary and thought-provoking." ★★★★★ Broadway World
  • “It feels like a privilege to listen to and watch O’Donovan so intimately.” ★★★★  
    The Stage
  • “O’Donovan’s understated but deeply emotional performance generates an ethereal experience of astonishing power“ ★★★★★ 
    The Reviews Hub
  • "It’s a reflective piece about dealing with death and living online – two different kinds of absence wrapped up in one." ★★★★ Matt Trueman in Fest

R & D with Historic Royal Palaces

We are delighted to be developing a new immersive project with Historic Royal Palaces. Across 2020, we will be delving into female prisoners' stories at The Tower of London with a view to creating an after hours performance, inviting audiences to explore the hidden spaces and histories of The Tower. We will be working with a brilliant female creative team, including writer Morgan Lloyd-Malcolm. 

Take On Me

Take On Me has been nominated for Break Through Performance at the National Rural Touring Awards 2019. What an honour and a testament to our brilliant partners, amazing guest cast and our indespensible team of performers and production managers. 

Watch our Celebration Video, which commemorates our Take On Me 18-19 journey.

We're so delighted to have completed our Take On Me tour: from September 2018 - March 2019 we worked with 249 Guest Cast Members & performed to 1,482 people! A massive thank you to everyone who has been a part of it!

"It’s a moving, funny and ultimately joyful show about life at the deep end." - Read about the production in the The Guardian

The 2018-19 performances were a blast, with incredible Guest Casts in each location making each performance an absolute joy.

Another big thank you to our partners at each venue: The Lighthouse, Creative Arts East, Ideas Test, The Lowry, Ealing Council and South Street Arts!

Buy the User Not Found Playscript

User Not Found Playscript On Sale

We have published the playscript of User Not Found, which includes imagery from Marmelo's app design. We're really proud of it - and you can buy it directly from the brilliant publishers Oberon RIGHT HERE.

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