Tues 25th Feb 7.30pm / Main House


1982, the Deep South of the US. Two young sisters escape a horror and embark on an extraordinary journey along the Mississippi and all the way to the freezing tenement blocks of a New York winter.

Disco is dying. Ozzy Osborne bites the head off a live bat in Des Moines, John Belushi is found dead from a drug overdose, Michael Jackson releases Thriller and Madonna bursts into the world with her first single. Soon, RUN DMC would change the course of contemporary music as the Bronx Rap Battles gave birth to something previously unheard.

Part road movie, part 80s noir, DOVES is a new dance-theatre work that charts the rite of passage of two very different young women – joined by the past, by blood and by the trauma that stark poverty and familial violence has befallen them, this is a journey full of desire: the need for change, the need for becoming, the need to see a completely new world.

Set against a filmic cyclorama (Adam Goodwin) and wrapped in a unique, musical soundscape (Jamie Cook) that both chart the diverse and changing visual and audio landscapes during an iconic year of social change and political awakening, our two sisters (Cora-Jay Williams and Alice Henry) fight for survival and an understanding of who they really are.

It will be a difficult journey, full of darkness and danger. But they have each other – two tiny people in the vast face of the universe – and they will relentlessly push towards resolution and rebirth.

State of Grace bring their unique, dynamic physicality to Alnwick Playhouse as part of Dance City’s professional commissioning programme.

Recommended 14+ (contains scenes of implied violence and drug taking)

Performance Dates and Times

Tuesday 25th February 7.30pm

Tickets: Pay What You Decide

(To pre-book Pay What You Decide tickets there is a £2 non-refundable administration fee)


Running Time: 60 minutes

Cast & Creatives

Performers:                       Cora-Jay Williams and Alice Henry

Film Design:                       Adam Goodwin

Sound Design:                   Jamie Cook

Direction:                            Benedict Ayrton

Associate Artist:                Peter Kerry-Forbes

Associate Producer         Cat Jarman

Your Visit

We look forward to your visit!

We recommend you arrive in good time to collect any tickets – the Box Office will be open for 1 hour prior to any evening events in addition to daytime opening hours.

Parking is located to the rear of the Playhouse in the public car parks. Parking discs are required to be displayed until 6pm and are available from the Visitor Information Centre located within the Playhouse building. Please check individual car park signs for any time restrictions.

Grab a bite to eat at McKenna’s or why not relax and enjoy a drink in our Playhouse Bar? The bar will be open Tuesday-Saturday 5pm-10.30pm and serves an extensive range of drinks including draught and local bottled beers, wines, a specialist gin list and cocktails.