FAILURE Lab: performance making

October, dates TBC

Liverpool UK

Autumn 2018: Weekend intensives on devising, composition and choreography skills and methods.

November 17/18th Liverpool, UK

November 24/25th Bristol, UK


Brussels, Belgium dates TBC

contact: for details and information


is an exploratory, experimental workshop with a performance focus, open to curious people and practitioners from all backgrounds.Especially suitable for those interested in body-based performance, and multi-disciplinary improvisation.


FAILURE Lab includes elements of: contact improvisation, dance, clowning, play, comedy improvisation, devising and choreography, visual composition, costume, voice and text work, and continuous writing.
Mary draws from an eclectic mix of philosophical thought from cultural, queer and feminist theory, and influences from contemporary performance and dance makers.


“I had some of the most profound experiences of my creative life in the lab.” 

- Dr Scott Thurston, Reader, English and Creative Writing at Salford University

There is nothing really similar being offered in Liverpool - it is utterly unique.

- Brendan Curtis, Bearded Child Theatre



Currently Touring

FoMO, mofos! (Fear of Missing Out, motherf***ers!)

Enter here and now. How did we get here? How do we get down from here? Imagine a murder mystery seen through a kaleidoscope. A journey through retro technologies into the digital age. Clues are dropped via captured images, cult film references to Antonioni and Lynch. Identities blur, privacy is invaded, a Tarantino-inspired female killer vanquishes demons to return us to the here and now.

FoMO, mofos! reflects on the consequences of continuous self-exposure on the psyche.  With social media hyper-connectivity comes hyper-vigilance: we watch each other, whilst being watched. Does excessive screen use breed rampant desire?

Inspired by research collaborations with: STEPHANIE AUBERVILLE (FR/Brussels), LEA KIEFFER (FR/Berlin), DEBORAH BLACK (NYC), HANNAH BUCKLEY (Leeds) and ANTHONY CAIRNS (Liverpool)

Made with: ALENA KUDERA costume design ANTHONY CAIRNS, JULES BECKMAN, ABBY CRAIN outside eyes MARY ANN HUSHLAK dramaturgy PHIL SAUNDERS lighting design BARRY HAN audio remastering

Initially made possible through a 'Time and Space' Residency at Metal Culture, Liverpool and with public funding from Arts Council England. Further gratefully acknowledged support from residencies and early showings at Unity Theatre and Physical Fest (Liverpool) and Au Brana Cultural Centre (France), and producer Leo Burtin, The Making Room.

For Tour History 2012-2018, click 'other performances'

Solo works 2012-2018

FOMO, mofos! (Fear of Missing Out, motherf***ers!)

A kaleidoscopic meditation on the digital age state of being. Modern myth, cautionary tale and cinematic visual feast.Inspired by collaborations with: Stéphanie Auberville, Lea Kieffer, Hannah Buckley, Deborah Black, Anthony Cairns


Performing Arts Department, University of Chester, 21 November 2018

Sudley Theatre at LJMU IM Marsh Campus, Liverpool, 25 Oct 2018

The Arts Centre at Edge Hill University, Ormskirk, 23 Oct 2018

The Capstone Theatre at Liverpool Hope University, 10 Oct 2018

Vital Signs at the School of Arts and Media, University of Salford, 28 Sept 2018

LEAP Festival, Liverpool 8th March, 2017

Edge Hill University Arts Centre, Ormskirk 14th March, 2017

Chisenhale Dance Space, London, 5th May, 2017

Studio 408, Portland, Maine USA 16th June, 2017

Finnish Kaleva Hall, Berkeley, CA, USA 7th & 8th July, 2017

Waterside Art Centre 6th October, 2017

The House, Plymouth University 11th October, 2017


The Sand Dog Cometh

A multi-disciplinary solo homage to the avante-garde, to kitsch, shtick, snobbery, trash and easy laughs.

Written, directed, and performed by MARY PEARSON (USA/UK). Visual collaboration with SOPHIE MALMBERG (DK/Berlin).


The House, Plymouth University 9th March, 2016

Noh Space, San Francisco, CA, USA 28th & 29th January 2016

PADL West with Arts and Lectures Series at California State University San Marcos 2nd February 2016

The Rose Theatre at Edge Hill University, Ormskirk November 10th, 2015

The Unity Theatre Liverpool, Liverpool October 14th, 2015

Decoda presents at the Ellen Terry Building, Coventry University October 8th, 2015

Camden People's Theatre, SPRINT festival, London March 24th, 2015

Capstone Theatre, Hope University, Liverpool November 18th, 2014


Bike Shed Theatre Exeter  double bill with Jamie Wood  April 4th & 5th, 2014

The Unity Theatre, Liverpool, Physical Fest 2014 at  May 24th, 2014


FAILURE (& other opportunities for non-linear success)

Solo performance bringing together visual absurdity with contemporary dance, comedy and social commentary. Written, directed and performed by Mary Pearson.

In collaboration with Jules Beckman, Hannah Silva, Mamoru Iriguchi, and Jamie Wood


Camden People's Theatre: SPRINT Festival, London March 2nd, 2013

The Nightingale Theatre: Brighton Fringe, Brighton May 22nd, 23rd & 24th,  2013 Total Theatre

The Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter May 26th & 27th, 2013 Exeunt Magazine

The Unity Theatre: Physical Fest, Liverpool May 31st, 2013

Ponderosa Tanzland Festival, Stolzenhagen, Germany July 13, 2013

The Rose Theatre at Edge Hill University, Ormskirk October 3rd, 2013

The Unity Theatre, Liverpool October 30th, 2013

Summerhall, Edinburgh December 7th, 2013

The Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter April 1st & 3rd 2014

Performing Arts Studio Scotland, PASS Theatre, Edinburgh 12th June 2014

Tempting Failure, The Island, Bristol November 8th, 11pm

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