Al Dix (@mrshipley) is 70 years old. In 2029 he will be 80. By then things will be different. Brexit will have come and gone. We may or may not have faced up to the challenge of climate change. Facebook and Twitter will be curious antiques. A new generation of young adults will be trying to make sense of it all. 

DECADE will share Al’s personal journey into old age and follow his attempts to understand, interrogate and document the world as it happens.


3 leap years
2.5 UK parliaments (min.)
2 US presidents (min.)
765,450,433 births (est.)
0.5°c-1.5°c global temperature increase (est.)
60 parties at Al’s Diner (est.)
174 sleepless nights (est. Al only)
180m hectares rainforest felled (est.)
150 Kash curries (est. Al only)
7,000 cups of coffee (est. Al only)

DECADE is a 10-year commission from Theatre in the Mill, Bradford.


Decade was launched on the last day of Al’s 70th year (Saturday 26th January 2019) over High Tea at Theatre in the Mill.

Meal One

We’re currently adapting a 1970s picture book by Ivor Cutler and Helen Oxenbury for tour in 2022.  Meal One is a family show using digital projection, imaginative design, music and choreography to tell the story of a boy who wakes up with a plum in his mouth.