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The Book of Jo

Sat 25 Jan 2020 @ 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM


Date: Saturday 25 January 2020

Time: 3.00pm – 5.00pm

Location: Tobacco Factory, Raleigh Road, Bristol, BS3 1TF

Book here: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-book-of-jo-tickets-74612284351


The Book of Jo looks at what happens when life falls apart. How can we maintain hope when the worst happens? And why do bad things happen anyway?

A woman faced with a rare and random terminal diagnosis sits in the debris of her life contemplating meaning and social justice with the dubious help of the Old Testament story The Book of Job.

The Book of Jo is a theatre show commissioned by Life of Breath and philosopher Havi Carel inspired by research into breath and breathlessness.


​Written and performed by Viv Gordon.

Original music composed by Tom Johnson.

​Dramaturgy by Chris Fogg.


This performance takes place in the Theatre Bar in the Tobacco Factory. Please note that flour is used in the performance. If you believe that you may have an adverse affect to this, please ensure that you do not sit near the front of the stage.

The performance will be followed by a panel discussion with the Life of Breath team: Professor Havi Carel, Dr James Dodd, Professor Gene Feder, and Elspeth Penny.


About Viv Gordon

Viv Gordon is a theatre maker and arts activist producing feisty work about mental health and trauma based on her lived experience. She has just previewed her new show ORAL, exploring abuse, dentistry, and civil rights. Previous shows include: PreScribed (a life written for me), a commission from University of Bristol highlighting research into General Practitioners in mental health crisis in an NHS in meltdown; and I am Joan, a comedy about trauma survival and listening to the still, small voice within. With Life of Breath, she hopes to explore connections between breath, mental health, panic and anxiety as well as illness, risk behaviours, judgement, shame and blame.


Tobacco Factory
Raleigh Road
Bristol, BS3 1TF United Kingdom
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0117 902 0344