Nathan Penlington

writer / performer / obsessive



I'm a writer and performer who makes shows, books and other things about my various obsessions. Some of those obsessions include Choose Your Own Adventure books, Uri Geller, darts and Richard Brautigan.

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I’ll be performing at a new night in London, on March 27th at the Ace Hotel in London called Shindig. Here is the official blurb. 

Bourgeois & Maurice present


A night of performance for weirdos and their friends.

Held on the last Thursday of the month, Shindig brings together B&M’s favourite humans from the worlds of comedy, music and performance-artism for a mixed bill fuelled by a thirst for experimentation, fun and vodka cocktails.

Hosted by wünderfreaks Maurice Maurice and George Bourgeois, with post show DJs and an ever-changing line up of talent.

Doors: 8pm
Show: 8.30-10.30
DJs: 10.30-1am

At Ace Hotel Shoreditch London E1 6JQ
Tickets £10


Nathan Penlington
The Chalkwell Ladies Drum N Bass League
Rachel Porter

Hosted by Bourgeois & Maurice

Tickets available here. 

Cut Up!

In the late 50s and early 60s William Burroughs and his long time collaborator Brion Gysin explored a newly rediscovered experimental writing technique. They cut pages of manuscript into pieces and recombined them at random to form collages of sense and non-sense. Burroughs saw this method as cutting through to the truth revealed by the resulting juxtapositions. More often than not he was proved unerringly prophetic.

The cut-up method has been used many times before and since, the dadaists and David Bowie are notable practitioners, but non so exhaustive and non so singularly dedicated as Burroughs. His trilogy of cut-up novels are still astounding works. 

When I first moved to London in my late teens I sought out a counter cultural event buried in Soho that celebrated the collaborative spirit of Burroughs and Gysin. Lit by the flicker of the dream machine and sound-tracked by a deep rumbling paranoid humour, it was the kind of event I immediately embraced, a million metaphorical miles from the bingo and boredom of my home town. 

That event was run by cultural maverick Joe Ambrose - writer, film-maker, agitator - he’s run many other Burroughs related events since. Last year he put together a celebration of the cut-up technique at London’s Horse Hospital featuring a new generation of writers, artists and film-makers. I was very honoured to be invited to perform as part of that event. 

Now Joe, alongside A.D.Hitchin, has edited a huge anthology simply titled Cut Up!. It features a huge range of contributors who have put scissors to the world and catalogued what happens next, including: Claude Pélieu, Nina Antonia, Billy Chainsaw, Mary Beach, Marc Olmsted, Allen Ginsberg, and Sinclair Beiles.

My contribution is a new work composed for the Cut Up event - Reply With Your Own Virus Checks - a look at what happens when we ignore the advice of Uncle Bill and let technology write for us. 

Cut Up! is available from Oneiros Books for £13.99

Click here for ordering info

Tribeca Film Festival


I’m very excited to announce that Choose Your Own Documentary has been selected to show as part of the Storyscapes section of Tribeca Film Festival in New York in April. 

It is an amazing opportunity that allows us to share the documentary with an international audience, and with the country that read Choose Your Own Adventure books by the millions. Although a huge way from where we thought the quest might lead, It feels like we’ll be bringing the adventure home in some way. 

There are four other innovative transmedia projects in our section of the festival, and I’m looking forward to exploring more work in the imaginative realm of interactive film. 

Full information about Storyscapes can be found here:

Spring 2014

We’ve just completed a two week run Choose Your Own Documentary at London’s Soho Theatre, with sold out audiences, amazing reviews and features. We are now on tour! Keep up to date on venues by checking out our dates page, or join our mailing list

"deeply nostalgic and dazzlingly modern" - The Independent and i, feature by Alice Jones.

"an awkward, unusual, tender story about what it is to be awkward and unusual" - ★★★★ The Times 

"that rare creature, a truly lovely show" - ★★★★ Evening Standard 

“enough intrigue, excitement and decision making to keep you glued to your seat” - ★★★★ Official London Theatre

"In today’s convienence age, true quests are hard to come by, but Penlington has managed to weave his own epic one from the most humble of beginnings, while also making a show that really lives up to repeat watchings" - ★★★★ The Public Reviews

“a really sweet little show that is guaranteed to leave you smiling - as long as you choose wisely” - ★★★★ Plays to see 

"It wouldn’t surprise me if there’s a cult lurking in some sodden Welsh valley, drinking Tizer, eating Penguin biscuits and devoting themselves to following the path of ‘Choosing Wisely’" - a lovely review by Geekocracy blog. 

“Inspiring stuff” - preview in The Cultural Expose 

When television met theatre' - an interview with Nick Watson about the process of making Choose Your Own Documentary on

First review of our Soho Theatre run


We’ve just received the first review of our run at London’s Soho Theatre - ★★★★ from the Evening Standard:

"This is that rare creature, a truly lovely show” 

Click here for the full review

The show runs until the 16th February (except 10th), at 7.15pm. Saturday matinées at 2.45pm. 

For full information and booking visit the Soho Theatre website.   

Choose Your Own Documentary 2014 tour dates

We will be performing the first full London run of Choose Your Own Documentary in February 2014 at the Soho Theatre in London’s west end. We will be following this with a nationwide UK tour, so even if you don’t live in the London area we will hopefully be coming to a theatre near you. We are currently talking to venues up and down the UK, so if we haven’t listed a venue near you please keep checking back, as we will be releasing more dates over the coming weeks. 


London - Soho Theatre.  Tuesday 4th - Sunday 16th. 7.15pm (Saturday matinee 2.45pm) £10-£15. Book tickets here or call the box office: 020 7478 0100         

Hull - Hull Truck Theatre. Friday 28th. 8pm. £12. Book tickets here or call the box office: 01482 323638


Canterbury - Gulbenkian Theatre. Thursday 6th. 7.30pm. £11-£6. Book tickets here or call the box office: 01227 769075

Bristol - i-Docs interactive documentary symposium. Thursday 20th. For full information about the conference, and details of how to become a delegate visit

Maidstone - Hazlitt Arts Centre. Friday 28th.  Book tickets here or call the box office: 01622 758611 (On sale from the first week of December 2013)

Hastings - Electric Palace Cinema. Saturday 29th. Book tickets here or call the box office: 01424 720393.


Harrogate - Harrogate Theatre. Wednesday 23rd. 7.30pm. £10.50 - £12.50  Book tickets here or call the box office: 01423 502 116

High Wycombe - Old Town Hall. Monday 28th. £16.00
Groups 10+ £2.00 off per ticket* Book tickets here or call the box office: 01494 512 000.                


Brighton - Komedia. Wednesday 28th - Thursday 29th. 8.30pm. £10-£12. Book tickets here or call the box office: 0845 293 8480. 

Anonymous asked:

Any shows in the offing?

I answered:

Thank you for asking. 

I’ve got a quiet few months while I concentrate on finishing the book I’m writing. But I have two short sets coming up:

10th September 2013 - Komedia, Brighton. Full info here:

4th October 2013 - The Others, Stoke Newington, London. Info here:

We’re touring Choose Your Own Documentary early next year. Please add yourself to the mailing list, and we’ll let you know as soon as dates and venues are confirmed. 

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