In the on-going discourses around borders and identities, who gets a seat at the table?

A long-table play in four acts: national identity, cultural borders, migration and the future.

A living room with a table at the centre. Six seats. A warmly lit room. Plenty of food, plenty of drinks. Special guests. A soundtrack composed live just for you. You. Friends. I want you to feel comfortable and well fed because today we will put the world to rights. Together.

Part theatre show, part dinner party, REGNANT is a new durational piece inviting you to join your host, performance maker Xavier de Sousa at the dinner table and get shit done. Together, we will get merry, make friends and explore nationality, presence, privilege and what the fuck we are going to do about our future.


Space: Cube, Project Arts Centre
Duration: 4 hours (durational work longtable) – audiences enter on the hour
Festival Dates: Sat 28 April 2018
Start time: 1pm
Ticket price: Free (places must be reserved)



Conception and performance: Xavier de Sousa
Sound Design: Yas Clarke
Dramaturgy: Deborah Pearson
Research Associate and co-collaborator: Andre Neely
Outside eye: Lewis Church
Developed with LiveCollision 2018, The Spire, mala voadora.porto
Supported by Arts Council England


Xavier de Sousa is a UK/Portuguese artist whose performance practice explores personal and political heritage within the context of mainstream discourse on identity, presence and migration.

Through theatrical and durational work, he explores the dichotomies between the live experience and agency in the performance space, often working with personal experiences and political strands to provide platforms for discussion, embodied experiences and representation of dissenting voices.

Xavier’s solo practice includes theatre show POST (currently touring) and durational performance character Almost Xav (Southbank Centre, Latitude Festival). Alongside REGNANT, he is currently R&Ding for a new piece, TIME/COLONIA with the Barbican (UK) and mala.porto (Portugal).

Previously, he has collaborated and/or performed with Tino Sehgal, Lauren Barri Holstein, Richard DeDomenici, Rosana Cade, Needless Alley Collective, amongst others. He has performed a variety of solo shows and collaborations at Latitude Festival, Tate Modern, Vogue Fabrics, Southbank Centre, Whitechapel Gallery, Old Vic Tunnels and ]performance space[ amongst others.