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Third Angel presents

The DEPARTMENT of DISTRACTIONS

Creative Team

Premiered at Northern Stage, Newcastle, February 2018
Updated version opened at Sheffield Theatres, January 2019

Devised by the Company

Performed by:
PALADIN: Umar Butt
LOCKHART: Nick Chambers
DAPHNE: Stacey Sampson
FREYA: Rachael Walton

Text by Alexander Kelly, developed with the cast
Dramaturgy and Additional Text by Stacey Sampson
Directed by Alexander Kelly & Rachael Walton 

Stage Design by Bethany Wells
Lighting Design by Katharine Williams
Music & Sound Design by Heather Fenoughty
Additional Sound Design by Matt Angove
Vocals by Kerry Mallam

Technical Stage Manager Louise Gregory
Publicity Design by Wayne Gamble
Show Photography Von Fox Promotions

Executive Producer: Hilary Foster
General Manager: Laura Holmes
Admin & Production Assistants: Sarah Webb/Samantha Turner
Marketing Associate: Joanna Jowett

Technical Intern Adam Sas-Skowronski
Dramaturgy Placement Annis McGee
Student Placements 2018: James Barkby, Diane Chaplin, Erin Connor, Stevie Devlin and Conor Rodger

With Thanks to: Rhiannon Jones, Craig Davidson, Richard Flood, Sophie Teasdale, all the staff at Northern Stage, Sheffield Theatres and Theatre Deli, Sheffield, John Hunter and Vic McGlynn.

Based on
O Grande Livros dos Pequenos Detalhes
Written by Alexander Kelly
with/for
Michel Blois
Paula Diogo de Carvalho
Cláudia Gaiolas
Thiare Maia Amara
and translated by
Alex Cassal & Joana Frazão 

A single glove in the street,
A torn up love letter in a Metro carriage,
A pair of shoes hanging from a telephone wire,
A phone box that rings as you walk past…

You see their work - but you never see them. So subtle you might not even notice. Snags in the fabric of everyday life. Objects, moments, the seeds of stories, the odd little things you come across every day that make you think, what’s going on there…?     

The Department of Distractions, an organisation so clandestine you won’t have heard of them. They say their job is to plant stories in the world “to make life more interesting.” Others would argue that their job is as much to stop us looking in certain directions. But things are starting to unravel, a story they started has got out of hand, they’ve lost control of it and now they’re in danger of being exposed. How far will they go to maintain their anonymity? How much are you willing to believe? 

Third Angel brings you a conspiracy-theory documentary-exposé detective story for the 21st century that asks: What aren’t you looking at?

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Hear Alex and Rachael discuss making the show here:


We’ve been following the work of The Department for some time. Check out our files on Twitter and Instagram: #TheDepartmentOfDistractions 

Feel free to add to the catalogue if you spot their work.

Tickets available via the calendar links below.

Read Alex’s blog posts about how we made the show here.

Commissioned by Northern Stage and produced in association with Sheffield Theatres.

Touring Archive

02 Apr 2020, 19:30
Royal Exchange, Manchester
02 Apr 2020, 14:30
Royal Exchange, Manchester
01 Apr 2020, 19:30
Royal Exchange, Manchester
31 Mar 2020, 19:30
Royal Exchange, Manchester
26 Mar 2020, 19:30
Cambridge Junction
20 Mar 2020, 19:30
Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh
19 Mar 2020, 19:30
Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh
12 Mar 2020, 19:30
Barnsley Civic
10 Mar 2020, 19:30
Exeter Phoenix
07 Mar 2020, 19:30
Aberystwyth Arts Centre
06 Mar 2020, 19:30
Aberystwyth Arts Centre
04 Mar 2020, 19:00
ARC Stockton Arts Centre
27 Apr 2019, 19:45
Theatre Royal Plymouth
26 Apr 2019, 19:45
Theatre Royal Plymouth
25 Apr 2019, 19:45
Theatre Royal Plymouth
24 Apr 2019, 19:45
Theatre Royal Plymouth
02 Feb 2019, 19:45
Crucible Studio, Sheffield
02 Feb 2019, 14:15
Crucible Studio, Sheffield
01 Feb 2019, 19:45
Crucible Studio, Sheffield
31 Jan 2019, 19:45
Crucible Studio, Sheffield
30 Jan 2019, 19:45
Crucible Studio, Sheffield
29 Jan 2019, 19:45
Crucible Studio, Sheffield
26 Jan 2019, 19:45
Crucible Studio, Sheffield
25 Jan 2019, 19:45
Crucible Studio, Sheffield
10 Feb 2018, 20:00
Northern Stage, Newcastle
09 Feb 2018, 20:00
Northern Stage, Newcastle
08 Feb 2018, 20:00
Northern Stage, Newcastle / BSL Interpreted
07 Feb 2018, 20:00
Northern Stage, Newcastle
06 Feb 2018, 20:00
Northern Stage, Newcastle
05 Feb 2018, 20:00
Northern Stage, Newcastle
03 Feb 2018, 20:00
Northern Stage, Newcastle
02 Feb 2018, 20:00
Northern Stage, Newcastle

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