I, Daniel Blake

A tiny dragon Productions and ETT co-production in association with Northern Stage. Originally co-produced with Birmingham Rep and Oldham Coliseum. Adapted by Dave Johns from the film directed by Ken Loach, written by Paul Laverty, and produced by Rebecca O’Brien for Sixteen Films.
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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.

The Traverse Theatre is funded by Creative Scotland and The City of Edinburgh Council.

★★★★★ 'Heartfelt performances centre a powerful adaptation of the Ken Loach film that feels more relevant than ever' - The Stage

★★★★★ 'Brings everything that shocked first time around back into the spotlight…the audience were on their feet at the end giving a well-deserved standing ovation.' - The Chronicle

★★★★★ 'Raw, relevant and heartbreaking' - Theatre & Tonic

★★★★★ 'This is an everybody story of how circumstances can leave anyone vulnerable in a cold and heartless world' - In Newcastle

★★★★★ 'A stunning adaptation that is fiercely political' - FairyPowered

★★★★ 'An adaptation of the Ken Loach film that both moves and provokes'- The Guardian

★★★★ 'A tangible thread of anger runs through this production. The Dans and Katies have not gone away. Far from it.' - WhatsOnStage

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  • DirectorMark Calvert
  • AdaptorDave Johns
  • DesignerRhys Jarman
  • ComposerRoss Millard
  • Sound DesignRoma Yagnik
  • Lighting DesignSimisola Majekodunmi
  • Video DesignMatthew Brown for PixelLux
  • Movement DirectorMartin Hylton
  • Assistant DirectorSiobhan McAuley
  • Wardrobe SupervisorNaomi Daley

Behind the Scenes

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