Big Boys Don’t Cry

23 Jan 2022

London International Mime Festival

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Dik Downey and Adam Blake stand behind a table, covered in a white tablecloth. They are cast in shadows, their hands pressed onto the tabletop
Dik Downey stands beside a body lying prone on a table. With his hand he investigates the bodies chest, as if within an autopsy
A body lies prone on a table. Dik Downey and Adam Blake stand over it. Adam watches Dik as he blows up a balloon while holding a pair of surgical scissors

Adam and Dik are men. But they don’t feel as if they fit any macho stereotype that society seems to offer.

Using potato crisps, puppets, dead bodies and action men they take us into the beating heart of the modern male and attempt to answer the burning question: what maketh a man? Nature or nurture? Mind or body? Cheese ‘n’ Onion or Prawn Cocktail?

Big Boys Don’t Cry, the new show from the makers of Coulrophobia (LIMF2020) described by Total Theatre as an “endlessly watchable, sublimely entertaining double act,” is an emotional and comic story about manhood.

“A fabulous and totally mad adventure” Plays to See (on Coulrophobia)

Find laughter, tears, love and even more love in a personal and honest show that looks inside the dark bag of a real man’s story in a euphoric explosion of colour, dance, clowns and puppets.

“Two performers at the peak of their clowning powers” The Wee Review (on Coulrophobia)

Manly to a fault.

Part of London International Mime Festival. Click here to see the full programme at Jacksons Lane

BSL interpreted performance: Sun 23 Jan
After-show discussion: Sun 23 Jan (BSL interpreted)

Suitable for ages 12+

Keeping safe

As a result of the ongoing pandemic, LIMF have made the decision to introduce social distancing to shows across all of their venues this year. Seats will be assigned by a member of our front of house team. If you have any access requirements, please let a member of our team know on arrival, or email [email protected]

If you would like to know more about what we are doing to keep our staff, artists and audiences safe, you can read more here.


Show Dates
Show Times
  • Performer: Dik Downey
  • Performer: Adam Blake
  • Director: Emma Williams
  • Writer in the Room: Vic Llewellyn
  • Music & Sound: Simon Preston
  • Costume: Kelly Jago
  • Production Manager & Lights: Chris Collier
  • Movement: Laura Dannequin
  • Construction: Dik Downey
  • Construction: Emma Powell
  • Producer: Ali Robertson

Co-commissioned by Nordland Visual Theatre and London International Mime Festival