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Daniel Bye is a theatre maker from Middlesbrough, now based in Leeds. He is currently touring Going Viral, which won a Scotsman Fringe First at the 2015 Edinburgh Fringe; and his show for young audiences Error 404, which was commissioned and originally produced by Polka Theatre.
Other recent touring work includes The Price of Everything, which has been performed over 100 times in the UK and internationally, and the award-winning How to Occupy an Oil Rig. His storytelling tour inspired by the forgotten grass-roots history of a town, Story Hunt, has been created bespoke for Stockton, Gateshead, Margate (for Fuel), Berwick, Northampton (for Royal and Derngate), Heckmondwike and Middlesbrough. In early 2016 the follow-up to Story Hunt, Tiny Heroes, premiered in Exeter (the Bike Shed) and north Devon (Beaford Arts).
As a performer he was recently seen in We're Stuck, produced by China Plate and directed by Sarah Punshon. As a writer, work includes Full of Noises for the West Yorkshire Playhouse, Aftermath for Royal and Derngate and The Deal Versus the People with Common Wealth.
Large-scale original work for community performers includes Wonderstruck for Manchester Museum and People United, which featured over 100 performers and five choirs, and the forthcoming We're Here, part of Somerset House's Utopia 2016 project.
ARC acts as Daniel's producer and is currently managing the Going Viral/Error 404 tour and supporting the development of two new shows for 2017.
ARC's support for my work has transformed my capacity and reach as an artist. I performed over four times as often in my first year with them as in the years before, at a wider range of venues, nationally and internationally. My work was seen by more than six times as many people and funded by a greatly widened range of partners. The number of opportunities and commissions coming in has more than trebled.
As a venue, ARC understand the needs and challenges of touring in the contemporary climate, which it is hard to imagine being matched by equal success or sensitivity by any other independent producer. And as a Teesside venue, it is hard to imagine a better fit for developing the work, profile and reach of a Teesside theatre-maker.
Follow Daniel on Twitter @danielbye