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Photograph of performer Alex Elliott firing a glitter cannon, from Best in the World
Photographer: Reed Ingram Weir

Best in the World

"There can only be one word for it: magic theatre."
★ ★ ★ ★ Guardian
Total Theatre Awards Finalist 2012

There is a world that can transport us from the ordinary to the extraordinary, where we are one perfect throw away from greatness, a place where we can all be champions. That world is darts.

Through this noble sport, Alex Elliott asks the unfathomable question: "What does it mean to be best in the world?"

Join him on a hilarious, occasionally heroic and heart-warming journey, featuring true stories of success, live darts and celebrations of our own personal triumphs. Motivational bananas included.

Who knows? You might be the best audience in the world.

Tour dates

7.30pm, 2 March, The Ropewalk, Barton upon Humber, DN18 5JT
7.30pm, 12 April, Chapel FM Arts Centre, York Road, Leeds, LS14 6JB

Best in the World is available for touring. Contact to find out more.

Best in the World has previously toured to theatres, festivals and village halls including Northern Stage, Battersea Arts Centre, Harrogate Theatre, Oxford Playhouse, ARC Stockton, Hull Truck Theatre, Washington Arts Centre, St Stephen's at Edinburgh Fringe and Latitude Festival.

Running time approximately 70 minutes


Go behind the scenes

Photograph of Best in the World stage set, a dartboard mounted in a metal frame the shape of a dartboard segment, lit blue Photograph of performer, Alex Elliott, speaking to the audience holding a dart in his hand Photograph of audience members' paper darts strung up like bunting Photograph of audience making paper darts Photograph of performer Alex Elliott holding 3 darts in his hand ready to pass them to audience volunteer darts players
Photograph of a paper dart stuck to a dartboard with audience member's handwriting on it that says 'Chatting to the new family on the street when no body else did.' Photograph of small boy standing at the oche onstage ready to throw darts Photograph of performer, Alex Elliott, letting off a gold glitter canoon into the air Photograph of performer, Alex Elliott, playing the saxophone Photograph of a paper dart flying through the air

Performer: Alex Elliott
Director: Annie Rigby
Writer: Carina Rodney
Designer: Andrew Stephenson
Lighting Designer: Kevin Tweedy
Production team: Simon Henderson, Carl Moir, Craig Davidson, Lucy Crimmens, Andy Playford
Mentor: Alexander Kelly

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Developed at BAC and Northern Stage with support from ARC Stockton Arts Centre, Arts Centre Washington and Northumbria University. Thanks also to Unicorn Darts for boards and arrows!

Thank you to everyone who crowd-funded us to take Best in the World to Edinburgh in 2012: Rachel Adam, Sally Allen, Leyla Asadi, Roxanne Asadi, Tim Bailey, Helen Charlton, Carol Clewlow, Susan Coffer, Kate Craddock, Lucy Crimmens, Beckie Darlington, John Darlington, Colin Davies, Anna Disley, Steve Drayton, Karen English, Amy Fawdington, Wayne Gamble, Jane Hall, Alison Holmes, Nicola Irvine, Kevin Jamieson, Davey Jones, Rosie Kellagher, Sam Kirkby, Joanne McKenna, Claire Newton, Sarah Norman, Big People, Gayle Playford, Nicola Pomfret, Gary Pritchard, Room 732, Becci Sharrock, Bill Shepherd, Andy Stephenson & Stephen Dodds, Nazli Tabatabai-Khatambakhsh, Nicola Triscott, Ed Vainker, Sally Whitehill, Erica Whyman and Mike Worthington.