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. Read more About Us here and our latest News below.
User Not Found: A Video Podcast
In partnership with The Guardian, a new immersive video podcast based on our critically acclaimed live show User Not Found is available to experience for free until 31 March 2021.
"Did you hold your hand up to the screen. I did. Oh, how I long to touch real flesh and blood at this moment. The magic moment of touch." Lyn Gardner
"A powerful examination of loss, and a moving study of loneliness. It’s perfect for our times” ★★★★ The Reviews Hub
Making New Work for Digital Audiences
Our Co-Artistic Director, Daphna, will be a guest speaker at The Space's upcoming webinar about making new work for digital audiences. Focussing on low-cost ways of making beautiful and detailed video and audio work, Daphna will share our experiences of adapting User Not Found into a video podcast alongside other fantastic speakers.
30 March: 11am - 12.30pm
Skin Hunger is our new production, originally slated to be performed in November 2020. It will be performed in a beautiful chapel in London's Soho when government guidelines allow. Writers Ann Akin, Tim Crouch and Sonia Hughes have written three poignant and insightful pieces that simply cannot be performed without an audience member sharing the space with a performer. We can't wait to share this experience with you soon.
Digital Devising Projects
We are currently being blown away by young people in Lancaster and Kent as we lead two brilliant devising projects that we're creating remotely. At The Dukes, Lancaster we're leading a devising film project in partnership with Raindance: the largest independent film festival, to create and generate content inspired by the theme of protest. And at a Pupil Referral Unit in Gillingham, we're creating audio-visual new work commissioned by Theare 31 & Ideas Test. Both projects are being led by some of our favourite freelancers - Zoe Hunter, James Baldwin and Marie Horner. We'll be able to share some of the inspiring work these young artists have made very soon....
User Not Found Playscript for sale
The playscript of User Not Found, which includes imagery from Marmelo's app design, has been published as part of Oberon's Modern Plays collection. We're really proud of it - and you can buy it RIGHT HERE.
"With his tender script, [Goode] hands us each the weight of the internet and asks how we get closure in a world where nothing ever switches off." The Guardian.
User Not Found News
We are delighted to be sharing User Not Found with Canadian audiences in Autumn 2021. The Canadian debut will be presented by The Grand Theatre in London, Ontario - dates TBC.
These will be our next international dates after our sold out US debut, as part of BAM"s Next Wave Festival in 2019, and dates at Print Screen Festival in Tel Aviv, Israel.
The show has now been performed over 130 times across 5 countries to packed audiences.
“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
We are delighted to have been selected as part of Farnham Maltings' New Popular programme, to commission new theatre projects in the South East. In 2020-21, we will work in Kent & Reading with our partners Ideas Test and South Street, to pilot a new touring community engagement programme, ‘Odds On’.
The project will culminate in a sharing of scenes from a new production to take place in betting shops. The project will engage with those affected by gambling through interviews and workshops, to explore the role of bookmakers within small communities. The aim of this pilot is to create a programme and site-specific production, which can be toured to other communities across the UK in the future.