Individuality & Commonality



Brown Bread  

Humourisk are currently developing a new production unravelling the hidden voices of older men and the rise in drug-related deaths.


Brown Bread explores two chaotic older men caught in long–term addiction from different walks of life. Bob a long-term heroin user and dealer and Terry a  retired post office worker who has been managing a long-term addiction to pain-killers. The narrative explores the crossroad of the two main protagonists layering naturalistism, comedy, poetry and story-telling. The production is devised by the Humourisk ensemble cast themselves, in recovery and Jeff Blair, recovery poet.


Directed by Susie Miller Oduniyi

Susie creates productions that reflect dark and challenging stories, engaging audiences with honesty and humour. She has co-devised  Brown Bread with the cast, drawing on their life experience to bring humour and lightness. The wit and truthful observation of the characters gives the audience room to recognise the deep seated stygma facing those in addiction that ultimately challenges their recovery.


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People aged 40 to 49 years had the highest rate of drug misuse deaths in 2016, overtaking those aged 30 to 39 years. The mortality rate from drug misuse has also increased in people aged 50 to 69 years since 2012.

REF: Office of National Statistics, Deaths related to drug poisoning in England and wales: 2016 registrations.


We are developing Brown Bread in collaboration with researcher

Dr Fay Dennis

FSHI Mildred Blaxter Postdoctoral Fellow, Medical Sociology, Department of Sociology.

Fay Dennis is a postdoctoral researcher at Goldsmiths, University of London; she has a history of conducting qualitative health research on drug use and dependency, who has successfully received funding from the Wellcome Trust to carry out research on care practices and reducing drug-related deaths. As part of this project, she will be observing the devising process for the development of Brown Bread to explore the hidden ways that theatre can support people with experiences of drug use and addiction. This will fit into a broader qualitative methodology, drawing on observations at a policy-advocacy organisation and an arts-based group, as well as a drug service.

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