Can’t Take Johnny To The Funeral

Can’t Take Johnny To The Funeral

A creative response to the 1991 performance by Goat Island of the same name.

Robert Walton has been commissioned to respond to Goat Island’s third work ‘Can’t Take Johnny To The Funeral’ from 1991. Robert will work with performers from Chicago to explore the grainy footage of the original production and the Goat Island Archive to create a new performance at The Chicago Cultural Center in April  2019.

During a residency at Hyde Park Arts Center as part of the IN<TIME festival in February 2019 Robert will explore the choreography, history and themes of Goat Island’s complex, exacting and physically demanding performance. A new performance will be discovered by recreating parts of the original and returning to its themes of ‘bliss and terror in the modern world’ from a perspective almost 30 years later.

Calling Experimental Performers

We are searching for three adventurous performers who will collaborate in the recreating Can’t Take Johnny To The Funeral in 2019. Is this you? See the callout here.


Exhuming Johnny: A Work-in-progress Performance
6:00pm Thursday February 21 2019 – Hyde Park Arts Center

Can’t Take Johnny To The Funeral 2019 Premiere Performances
19, 20, 21 April 2019 – Chicago Cultural Center

In 2014 Robert created a response to the Goat Island performance It’s an Earthquake in my Heart. Find out more about that project here.


Lead Artist, Director


21 February 2019

Work-in-Progress Performance Hyde Park Arts Center

19, 20, 21 April 2019 

Premiere Performances Chicago Cultural Center


Directing, Stage, Theatre, Performance, Choreography, Adaptation

Created for

goat island archive: we have discovered the performance by making it

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