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An Atypical Brain Damage – Transform 19

  • Venue: Other Space
  • Age Guidance: 18+
  • Other: Venue: Canal Mills
  • Languages: Various (includes English surtitles)
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Tianzhuo Chen’s dark pop opera combines quotations from pop, folklore, corporate identity and social media. In An Atypical Brain Damage, big city fashion arrogance goes side by side with the camouflage jackets of Chinese rice-growers. An ecstatic and immersive spectacle that is part club, part performance, part culture clash.

One of the most exciting and controversial artists of his time, Tianzhuo Chen’s work is at the edges of visual and performance art, and has travelled everywhere from Vienna Festival to Palais de Tokyo. This is the first presentation of Chen’s work in Leeds, the city where his artistic career began.

‘A larger-than-life combination of the fantastical and nightmarish.’
– i-D Magazine

Co-produced by steirischer herbst, SPIELART Festival and SPRING Utrecht.
Presented as part of Transform 19, a festival of powerful international performance –  26 April – 4 May 19 –

Cast & Credits

By Tianzhuo Chen /


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Captioned Performance

Open captioning allows theatre goers with varying degrees of hearing to view the full text as it is spoken or sung, including sound effects and off stage noises. These appear on a scrolling screen, positioned on or at the side of the stage.

British Sign Language Interpreted

A Signed performance is the usual full production with the addition of a British Sign Language Interpreter who stands on the stage interpreting the show for Deaf attendees.

Audio Described

Audio Described performances are designed to improve the experience of visually impaired and blind attendees. As well as listening to the dialogue on stage the customer can wear a headset and listen to a live description of the action on stage.

Relaxed Performance

A relaxed performance is a specially selected show from our programme, with slight adaptations to make it suitable for an audience of young people or adults with learning disabilities. This may include extra lighting, additional wheelchair spaces and the freedom to move to alternative seating if required.

Dementia-Friendly Performance

A relaxed performance with adaptations to technical aspects of the show, flexible seating options and a relaxed attitude to audience responses and movement in the auditorium. In our front of house space we will have a quiet room, clearer visual markers and signage, and additional staff and volunteers trained to sensitively and respectfully welcome people living with dementia and their supporters to this show.

Sing Along

Sing along with the cast in this exclusive performance. Lyrics will be on screen, so you can join in as loud as you like. Open to all, fancy dress is optional but highly recommended.

Post Show Discussion

Booking Fees:

*A transaction fee of £2.50 will be applied to all phone and internet bookings.


  • Captioned - Captioned
  • Signed - Signed
  • Audio Description - Audio Description
  • Relaxed Performance - Relaxed Performance
  • Dementia Friendly Performance - Dementia Friendly Performance
  • Post Show Discussion - Post Show Discussion
  • Sing Along - Sing Along
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Major funders
Arts Council England Leeds City Council The Liz and Terry Bramall Foundation
Principal Capital Partners
Principal Capital and Access Partner
Irwin Mitchell Solicitors