Year of Production


Set and performed in a bar, Publife, a refreshing piece of physical theatre takes a sideways look at Britain’s greatest national institution, the pub.

With guest appearance from local ‘extras’, five people are caught up in a nightly quest for fun and a dose of self-confidence. Observe them. Judge them. Expect to be surprised and asked for help as the Protein performers fast forward through their tried and tested pub routines, unwittingly exposing their fears and unfulfilled desires.

Witness an ordinary night out turn into a free-for-all where all that counts is to believe you are winner.

Running time: 70 minutes

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“An ensemble portrait of frisky wit and lively physical danger... deleriously amusing.”
Time Out
"Publife is full of deft touches and canny observations but, above all, it's great fun and a cracking night out."
Sunday Herald, Scotland
"...a group portrait of fristy wit and lively physical danger."
Dance Now
"Defying nearly every convention of dance, theater and just about any other performing art you can think of, Publife is a frenzy of raw comic energy that proves to be as irresistible as it is indescribable... Storming through an evening of darts, rugby, '80s pop songs and a variety of quiz games, Publife is a brawling mess of choreographed pandemonium; anarchistic, exhilarating and very, very funny."
Philadelphia Weekly, USA

Production Credits

Conceived and directed by
Devised and performed by
Music composed by
Lighting design by
Assistant Director
Film maker
Photos by
Commissioned by

Tour History

Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Wales

13 November 2004

La Bodeguita, Cagliari, Italy (ASMED)

7 & 8 November 2004 Part of Festival Nuova Danza

Belfast International Arts Festival at Queen's, Belfast

2 & 3 November 2004

Royal Vauxhall Tavern, London (extract)

23 October 2004 presented by Duckie

Loaf, Chester

20 & 21 October 2004

Bath Spa University College, Bath

12 & 13 October 2004

Trades & Labour Club, Market Harborough

8 & 9 October 2004

Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham

4 & 5 October 2004 presented by DanceXchange

Lescar Pub, Sheffield

27 & 28 September 2004

Susumi, Derby (Derby Dance Centre)

22 & 23 September 2004

Southport Arts Centre, Southport

17 & 18 September 2004

Oakengates Theatre @ The Place, Telford

13 & 14 September 2004

Park & Dare Theatre, Treorchy

7 & 8 September 2004

The Place at O'Neill's Music Room, London

11-15 May 2004 presented by The Place

The Tap n Tin, Chatham

3 & 4 May 2004

Cafe Afrika, Cambridge Junction

10 March 2004

Quay Arts, Newport, Isle of Wight

5 & 6 March 2004

Chameleon Bar, Woking

2 & 3 March 2004 part of Woking Dance Festival

University of Malta, Valletta, Malta

26 - 28 February 2004

Club Ego, Edinburgh

17-19 August 2004 part of Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Ruba Hall, Philadelphia, USA

3-8 September 2002 part of Philadephia Fringe Festival

Ravensberger Spinnerei, Bielefeld, Germany

27 & 28 Juy part of Kultursommer Bielefeld

The Place at O'Neill's Music Room, London

25-29 June 2002 presented by The Place

Newcastle Playhouse, Newcastle Upon Tyne

21 & 22 June 2002

Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Maidenhead

18 & 19 June 2002

The Victoria, Swindon (Swindon Dance)

31 May & 1 June 2002 part of Inner Rhythms

Synchron im Siftsforum, Dortmund, Germany

24 & 25 May 2002 part of 36 Internationale Kulturtageder der Stadt Dortmund

Entropia Pub, Milan, Italy (CRT Teatro dell'Arte)

18 & 19 May 2002 part of Short Formats

The Corn Exchange, Bury St Edmunds

11 May 2002 part of Bury St Edmunds Festival

The Old Vic, Nottingham (Nottingham Playhouse)

7 & 8 May 2002 part of Dance4's NOTT Dance

South Hill Park, Bracknell

26 & 27 April 2002

Pavilion Theatre, Brighton Dome, Brighton

23 March 2002

Orange Tree Pub, Richmond Upon Thames (Richmond Theatre)

20 & 21 March 2002 part of Leap into Dance Festival

Buckinghamshire New University , High Wycombe (Wycombe Swan)

13 March 2002 part of Swan Dance

The Casa, Liverpool (MDI)

7 & 8 March 2002 part of Leap Festival

Darlington Arts Centre

27 & 28 February 2002

Colchester Arts Centre

21 February 2002

M Place, Leicester (Phoenix)

12 & 13 February 2002 part of the Leicester Comedy Festival

O'Neill's Pub, Birmingham (DanceXchange)

30 January & 1-2 February 2002 part of British Dance Edition

The Surrey Tavern, Oval House Theatre, London

25 & 26 January 2002 part of Dance Ballads II

Trying out Publife, Greenwich Dance Agency, London

19 January 2002

A Taste of Publife, Paradise Bar, London

25 & 26 July 2001 part of the Jerwood Choreography Awards presented by Dance Umbrella

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