Marc Parrett’s The Ballad of the Underwater Daughter

Thu – Sat, 9.30am – 5pm

Newcastle Arts Centre

An installation and linked performances which conjure a mechanical island inhabited entirely by dads.

Bodged together out of mangled metal and broken dreams, dad island is a flawed coping mechanism that barely manages to hold itself together. Then one stormy night, a tiny barnacle encrusted bottle floats into the harbour with a crumpled note inside which reads, ‘remember me?’

The Ballad of the Underwater Daughter is a woozy universe of messy minds and monstrously fishy metaphors, and overloaded with puppets, props and machines. An animated installation, it doubles as the stage for a linked performance as part of The Late Shows.


67 Westgate Road Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 1SG

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16—18 May 2024


  • Thu 9.30am – 5pm
  • Fri 9.30am – 5pm
  • Sat 9.30am – 5pm
  • Level access to gallery and shops
  • Lifts to course studios, conference rooms and main venue (not bar)
  • Accessible toilet for course studios and venue
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