Performance Dork

Daniel Oliver

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This performance is a double-bill.

See this show alongside Katy Baird’s Get Off by booking seperate Pay What You Can tickets for both performances on the same evening.

Time: 7pm

Tickets: Pay What You Can (Recommended Price £8)*

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

Running Time: 1 hour (no interval)

Age Recommendation: 18+

This event takes place in person in our Members Bar

Presented as part of Bloom 2024a series of double-bills featuring performances developed with BAC.

See this show alongside Katy Baird’s Get Off by booking seperate Pay What You Can tickets for both performances on the same evening.

Performance Dork is a participatory adventure show about being a performance art dork, and wanting to do dorky performance art things.

Influenced by 80s and 90s fantasy shows such as Dungeons & Dragons, Jamie’s Magic Torch, Knightmare, and Round the Twist, Performance Dork combines experiences of escape rooms, role-play games, immersive theatre, and performance art festivals.

Within the show, Daniel has discovered a bottle of magic liquid that he can pour on himself to take him anywhere he wants to be – and where he always wants to be is doing a weird and bawdy performance art show.

Join Daniel and his assistant Andy Spinkle, as he uses his magic liquid to escape from angsty, neuro-boring scenarios such as ‘dad’s drinks’ or ‘being in a reading group’, and emerge into messy, fantastical and rude performance art experiences.

Daniel Oliver is a performance artist, lecturer, and researcher. He makes raucous, dyspraxic-led performance worlds with mysterious and complex back stories that audiences are drawn into and take roles in. These worlds can be raucous, deceptively layered and complex, loud, unpredictable, and rude, but also kind, attentive and adaptive to audience experience and actions. His work has been platformed throughout the UK and overseas for over 20 years, including at the Barbican; Tate Modern and Tate Britain; The Yard Theatre, CAC Glasgow, Forest Fringe, Cabaret Voltaire, Zurich; University of the Arts, Helsinki, and Texas A&M University. He is currently an associate artist at Cambridge Junction and a teaching fellow in Experimental Arts and Performance at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. He has published writing on neurodiversity, audience participation, and the value of celebrating awkwardness.



Created and performed by Daniel Oliver in collaboration with Claudia Palazzo

Music by Steve Blake

Supported by Battersea Arts Centre, Arts Council England, Duckie and Cambridge Junction



This event takes place in person in our Recreation Room. 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.



  • Nudity

This show is in development so content details may change.

Pre-Show Information

This performance 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.


Catch these shows alongside Katy Baird’s Get Off throughout May 2024.