Event

The Resurrection of Dora Suarez

Saturday 16 September
Norwich Arts Centre
7.30 - 8.30pm
£8 / £7.20 conc / £6 full-time student

A séance of murder, music and spoken word performance

Resuscitated for one night only. I Was Dora Suarez is the uncompromisingly dark and eerie aural evocation of Derek Raymond’s most talk about novel; introduced by one of Britain’s foremost crime writers, Cathi Unsworth, and performed live with narration by Richard Strange and musical backing from musicians who have played with Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, PJ Harvey and Siouxsie Sioux.

Merging the haunting language of Raymond’s book with the spooky industrial tones of James Johnston (PJ Harvey, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Gallon Drunk, Faust, Lydia Lunch) and Terry Edwards (Gallon Drunk, Nick Cave, the Jesus & Mary Chain, Tom Waits), this unique audio-visual performance thrusts the audience into the centre of a savage double murder committed by the hand of one of literature’s most deranged serial killers.

‘I thought I was going mad’ – Derek Raymond

Not for the faint hearted – Joyce Carol Oates

‘Raymond wants to take us beyond the banal tabloid headlines, to show us what evil truly looks like’ – Jonathan Woods, 3amm

Listen to a live excerpt from the original performance of I was Dora Suarez, made in 1993 and featuring Derek Raymond.

'I was Dora Suarez by Derek Raymond, book of a lifetime': Cathi Unsworth explains how Raymond's book changed her life forever (Independent, July 2015)

Interview: Terry Edwards on 'I was Dora Suarez' (Penny Black Music, July 2008)

I Was Dora Suarez

First published in 1990 as the fourth book in the Factory series, I Was Dora Suarez opens with the uncompromisingly brutal murder of a beautiful sex worker, Dora, and her elderly neighbour. It has become a legend within crime writing circles; a book so bloodthirsty that it reportedly made publisher Dan Franklin sick and so intense it almost drove Raymond himself mad. 

Cathi Unsworth

Cathi began a career in journalism at nineteen on the music weekly Sounds, and has since worked for many music, arts, film and alternative lifestyle journals. She is the author of four other novels, WeirdoThe Not KnowingThe Singer and Bad Penny Blues, and the editor of the award-winning crime compendium London Noir, all published by Serpent's Tail. She lives in London. Website

Terry Edwards

Terry has largely been in the studio, on the radio or onstage somewhere in the world since the age of 20. He sings and plays an array of musical instruments - sax, trumpet, guitar, keyboards, flute - with a myriad of artists including PJ Harvey, Jesus & Mary Chain, Madness, Franz Ferdinand, Jerry Dammers, Gallon Drunk, Ronnie Spector, Spiritualized and many more.

James Johnston

James Johnston founded the London-based alternative rock band Gallon Drunk with Michael Delanian, Nick Combe and Joe Byfield in 1990. He was a member of Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds from 2003 to 2008, having originally toured as a guest guitarist with the band in 1994 on the Lollapalooza tour. He has also recorded and toured with a wide variety of other musicians, including Lydia Lunch (both solo and as the band Big Sexy Noise), French alternative rock group Ulan Bator, Barry Adamson, and as a member of legendary Krautrock band Faust, and currently recording and performing with PJ Harvey.