Blood Show

Ocean Hester Stefan Chillingworth


Time: 8pm, 8:30pm

Tickets: Pay What You Can (Recommended Price £12)*

*all orders will be subject to a transaction fee of £2.

Running Time: 60 mins (no interval)

Age Recommendation: 14+

This event takes place in person in our Members Bar

Commissioned by Battersea Arts Centre, Chapter Arts Centre and Colchester Arts Centre.

In a room somewhere, two people are locked in an endless gory fight.

Blood Show is a trans celebration of destroying things, including ourselves, in order to create something new. It’s a call to action to put what’s inside on the outside, to allow the mess, and defend against a violent gaze.

Circling around questions of rebirth and how we carry our ghosts with us, Blood Show is part of artist Ocean Hester Stefan Chillingworth’s The Extinction Trilogy. Three works (Monster Show, Blood Show and Nature Show) present a slow experiment in masking performers and trying to delete humans from the stage, in order to make us think more about our curiosity into what people ‘really’ look like.


‘Powerfully and unashamedly clever’  WhatsOnStage

‘Smart, brave and rebellious’ Exeunt

‘Super smart, I couldn’t take my eyes off it’  Culture Wars

Reviews for previous work


Created and performed by Ocean Hester Stefan Chillingworth with Craig Hamblyn and Tim Bromage
Producer Betty Haynes
Co-designers Naomi Kuyck-Cohen and Joshua Gadsby
Blood development by Bloody Stuff

Blood Show is commissioned by Battersea Arts Centre, Chapter Arts Centre and Colchester Arts Centre. Additional support from South House. Originally commissioned by Cambridge Junction (Stobbs New Ideas Fund) with support from LIFT and Old Diorama Arts Centre.


Ocean Hester Stefan Chillingworth

Ocean Hester Stefan Chillingworth (they/them) is a trans, non-binary, Queer artist whose works runs across performance, installations, texts and film. The things they make often play with language, duration, mischief and confusion. Their practice is one of inbetweenness and overlap which celebrates liveness and slippage. They are interested in the grey areas in life, and their work is committed to undoing things which claim to be fixed.

They have been a Fellow of The Birkbeck Centre for Contemporary Theatre. Previously they were Thinker-in-Residence at the Live Art Development Agency, Jerwood New Playwright at The Royal Court Theatre, Creative Producer (Participation) for Forced Entertainment, Lecturer in Drama and Contemporary Performance at Manchester Metropolitan University, and from 2008-18 they were Artistic Director of GETINTHEBACKOFTHEVAN performance company.

Monster Show (The Extinction Trilogy, Part 1) is also currently touring.



This event takes place in person in our Members Bar. This space is on the first floor, with step-free access via a lift.

If you have booked a ticket you will receive an email from us before your performance detailing important information about your visit.


If you require the assistance of a friend or helper to attend, we can make a free ticket available for your companion. You can book access companion tickets online or contact the Box Office to book by 

To book a free access companion online:

  • log in to your account here
  • go to ‘Other preferences’ and tick ‘I require a personal assistant/companion’.
  • Choose the performance, date and seats you would like and if you add at least 2 tickets to your basket, then one of these will automatically become free.


Audio Described Performance: Friday 22 November. Audio described by Dot Alma.


  • Simulated violence
  • Fake blood

Pre-Show Information

All performances will be Relaxed. We invite you to make yourself comfortable and move around if you need to and if you need to leave the performance at any point you will be allowed to return to the space when you feel ready.


We believe in making our shows accessible to as many people as possible.

We offer tickets on a Pay What You Can basis for the majority of performances throughout the year. Tickets usually start at £8, and we have recommended pricing to help you to choose a price that works for you.

We know that ticket price is a huge barrier for some, and the Pay What You Can model offers people who can afford to pay the recommended price or more the chance to support others who can’t.

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