At a web site dedicated to the work of a cult novelist and his personal obsessions, fans gather to interact with their hero – and each other.

In this delirious space where identity is slippery and ideas are everything, an anarchic virtual community of queer punks and lonely teens, paranoid artists and wannabe slaves, forms and endlessly re-forms, until it’s hard to know what’s scarier: that a lot of what happens here isn’t really real – or that some of it is.

Inspired by and loosely based on the notorious blog of writer and artist Dennis Cooper, Weaklings disorientingly blurs fiction and documentary, fact and fantasy, to create a compelling portrait of people on the edge, finding a strange refuge together in dangerous times.

Featuring a specially composed soundtrack by Scanner, Weaklings brings together a remarkable cast, including Karen Christopher (ex- Goat Island) and Christopher Brett Bailey (This Is How We Die) as well as two members of Chris Goode’s ‘avant-garde performance boyband’ Ponyboy Curtis.


Tour dates

Performances in 2016 to be announced.


Written and directed by Chris Goode
Designed by Naomi Dawson

Lighting Design by Katharine Williams
Original music by Scanner

Cast includes Karen Christopher, Chris Brett Bailey, Nick Finegan and Craig Hamilton.

A Chris Goode & Company and Warwick Arts Centre co-production
Commissioned by Theatre in the Mill
Supported by Arts Council England

“I loved Weaklings for its affection, for its aesthetics, for its collage editing and background noise. ... [It's] gorgeous and complicated and tender and difficult.”
“An absorbing and deep-thinking introduction to Cooper’s online cabinet of curiosities.”
“It absolutely captures the ambiguities of the boundaries which define permission, pleasure, pain, care, obsession, codependency.”
“Essential in giving a deeper understanding to not only the subject matter of the blog, but also the power of the online and how it has developed.”
Sophie Dudhill
A Younger Theatre
Arts Council England Warwick Arts Centre

Show history

October 2015
Warwick Arts Centre/Fierce Festival
Axis Arts Centre, Crewe
Theatre in the Mill, Bradford