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A touching and vital story.

I, Daniel Blake

‘Heartfelt performances centre a powerful adaptation of the Ken Loach film that feels more relevant than ever’ The Stage
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Adapted by Dave Johns from the BAFTA award winning film directed by Ken Loach, written by Paul Laverty, and produced by Rebecca O’Brien for Sixteen Films. Winner of Excellence in Touring at the UK Theatre Awards 2023; and Best Writer (Dave Johns) and Best Performing Artist (David Nellist) at the North East Culture Awards 2023.

Dan is a carpenter.  A Geordie through and through.  Just on the mend after a heart attack. 

Katie has just arrived from London. Finally got a council house for her and the kids.  A fresh start. 

I, Daniel Blake is one of the most important stories of a generation.  A glimpse behind the headlines and the stark reality of what happens when the political system is stacked against you.  With 14.5 million* people living in poverty in the UK, this is not fiction.  It is reality. 

A touching and vital story of how people come together in the face of adversity and how sometimes creating a family to support you just isn’t enough.  The show is adapted for stage by Dave Johns who played Daniel Blake in the award winning 2016 film. 

*Joseph Rowntree Foundation 2022 Poverty Report. 

Age Guidance 14+

The show contains strong language, death and potentially triggering references to foodbanks, sex work and the benefits system.

A tiny dragon Productions and ETT co-production in association with Northern Stage, originally co-produced with Birmingham Rep and Oldham Coliseum



Northern Stage

25 May - 10 Jun 2023

Birmingham Rep

13 - 25 Jun 2023

HOME Manchester

27 Jun - 1 Jul 2023

Exeter Northcott Theatre

5 - 8 Jul 2023

Northern Stage

12 - 16 Sep 2023

Liverpool Playhouse

19 - 23 Sep 2023

Gala Theatre, Durham

26 - 30 Sep 2023

Leeds Playhouse

3 - 7 Oct 2023

Oxford Playhouse

10 - 14 Oct 2023

Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

17 - 21 Oct 2023

Theatre Royal Stratford East

24 - 28 Oct 2023

Royal & Derngate, Northampton

31 Oct - 4 Nov 2023

Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

8 - 11 Nov 2023

Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

14 - 18 Nov 2023

Rehearsal Gallery


Creative Team


Mark Calvert


Dave Johns


Rhys Jarman


Ross Millard

Sound Design

Roma Yagnik

Lighting Designer

Simisola Majekodunmi

Video Design

Matt Brown for PixelLux

Movement Director

Martin Hylton

Assistant Director

Siobhan McAuley

Wardrobe Supervisor

Naomi Daley

Production Manager

Skip Francis


Lizzi Adams

Wardrobe ASM

Alice Winter


Daniel Blake

David Nellist

Katie Jenkins

Bryony Corrigan


Kema Sikazwe


Jodie Wild


Micky Cochrane


Janine Leigh