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Brook Tate



A new solo show featuring a full band that shines a light on what it means to be marked…at birth.

Art form: Gig theatre
Age guidance:
90 minutes
Sensitive content:
Contains distressing or potentially triggering themes, strong language/swearing
Space requirements:
Mid-scale theatre, 8 metres by 8 metres


Show Description

A young Jehovah’s Witness comes to terms with his sexuality and finds his feet (and high heels…) in a world he once believed would be destroyed at Armageddon.

Birthmarked is a new concept gig written and performed by Brook Tate and his grand ol’ band of pals. With original music likened to Stevie Wonder and Joni Mitchell, and alongside a whale, a paintbrush and a pair of tap shoes, he hopes to shine a light on what it means to be marked…at birth.

“An extraordinary show” – Bristol 24/7

Supported by Frances and Craig Wilson and the Stage One Bursary Scheme for New Producers. Commissioned by Bristol Old Vic and developed in association with MAYK. Originally commissioned by The Wardrobe Ensemble.


Artist Information

Brook Tate is a musician, theatre maker, and painter based in Bristol. He has written and composed two new family musicals, Mr Maglump and My Great Giraffe, both based on books he wrote and illustrated. He has worked closely with the Bristol Old Vic since 2017 and developed work at The Salisbury Playhouse. He has also composed music for Wizard Presents’ production of Pippi Longstocking.

He has been writing music and gigging with his band across Bristol since 2016 recently playing their biggest gig to date, Brook Tate’s Menagerie at St George’s.

Artist website: Brook Tate


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Against a bubblegum pink background stands a young, white, bald man, visible from the chest upwards. He is wearing nothing on his top half. His head is held high and tilted to the left and he is smiling. He is half painted down to his collar bone with black and white facepaint as a fabulous zebra with a black and white mohawk and false lashes. The other half is bare apart from a brown birthmark above his eyebrow.

Birthmarked - Why, The Sea and I