Culture Device presents… Hypnotic Congress

24 June | 8pm | £12/£10 | Showroom Big Space

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Photography: Thierry Bal

A performance by UK’s leading artists with Down’s Syndrome.

Hypnotic Congress is an evening of dance, theatre and improvisation by award-winning artists Tommy Jessop, Sarah Gordy and Holly Riseborough that explores the boundaries between reality and the unconscious that leads the audience through a journey of discovery. Directed by Daniel Vais.


Tommy Jessop is a British actor and dancer. He was the first actor with Down’s Syndrome to star in a prime-time BBC TV drama; the BAFTA-nominated Coming Down the Mountain written by Mark Haddon. He has since had roles in several feature films, taken the lead in various short films and played significant roles on television and radio. He recently returned from playing Don Pedro in a touring production of Much Ado About Nothing. Tommy features in the award-winning BBC documentary Growing Up Down’s which was nominated for an International Emmy: Best Documentary.

Sarah Gordy is a British actress and principal dancer with Culture Device Dance Project. She is best known for her portrayal of Lady Pamela Holland in the 2010 BBC TV series of Upstairs Downstairs. Gordy also starred in a series three episode of BBC One production Call the Midwife. Currently, Sarah is touring with Culture Device Dance Project internationally.

Holly Riseborough is an artistic gymnast who has previously competed in two national games and is currently studying Performing Arts at Warwickshire Collage. Holly won her first medal at a local gymnastic competition when she was six and has competed at two Special Olympics GB National Games, in Leicester and Bath. Los Angeles will be her first World Games.

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