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Upon Awakening

Change the way you think about addiction and recovery with this innovative piece of dance theatre, inspired by real-life stories.

Most recent performance

There are currently no scheduled performances of Upon Awakening. It was last on stage 2 February 2017 as part of the Winter 2016/17 season.


Fallen Angels Dance Theatre tells real-life stories for and about people in recovery: raising awareness, and breaking down barriers and stigma. Since 2009, the company’s founder and director, choreographer Paul Bayes Kitcher, has brought together his experience as a classical dancer with Birmingham Royal Ballet and extensive work in movement and dance theatre with people recovering from addiction – to create productions that provide a unique, emotive and thought-provoking experience.

Upon Awakening portrays fragmented stories of lost souls who search without knowing what they are looking for. By gathering real-life stories from people in recovery, Kitcher has developed an emotive production that journeys through darkness to find hope.

‘Through the cracks, glimmers of hope appear, twists and turns of a different kind. I am lifted and free. Broken and smashed to pieces, you need to be lost to be found. But are we all searching for something, someone, somewhere? I am not a saint and I don’t get it right all the time. Brick walls appear and you have to believe and walk through them.’

Music for video: Gary Lloyd