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Richard Dawson sitting on a park bench with and ironic t-shirt sloganed with "Don't be a Richard"

Embrace the wonders (and horrors) of augmented reality and prepare to travel 500 years into the future as Richard Dawson returns to perform his anticipated new album, The Ruby Cord

While 2020 dealt in social realism with explorations of testy football matches, the fallacy of work-life balance and therapeutic forms of repetitive exercise, The Ruby Cord shakes off the limitations of so-called "real life", delving headlong into a (sort of) sci-fi world where human society has collapsed and morphed into something distinctly less solid. 

Written and conceived throughout the Covid-19 lockdowns, as the side effects of isolation and state-imposed inwardness affected millions around the world and the world got more difficult to comprehend, The Ruby Cord brings down a layer of fog over proceedings. In Dawson’s hands, the promise of a fragmented virtual future, full of fractured utopian visions becomes one of melancholy yearning and more strangely, hope. Support comes from Me Lost Me led by Newcastle-based artist Jayne Dent.

Stage times:

7.30 – 8pm        Me Lost Me (support) 
8 – 8.20pm        Interval 
8.20 – 9.50pm   Richard Dawson 

Stage times are approximate and may change.

Produced by the Barbican in association with Upset the Rhythm

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