Irresistible by Jez Colborne


Masterminded by international artist Jez Colborne, Irresistible combines music, theatre, film and sirens. It tells the story of a man on a journey. He meets the Hobos, who guide him; the Crew, who intimidate him; and the singing Sirens, who lure him.

The Irresistible journey began in October 2010 in a quarry, in Yorkshire, England. A captivated audience of 100 people gathered in the wind and the rain to see the work-in-progress premier at the Cow & Calf rocks in Ilkley.

Took my breath away” Ralph Dartford, Arts Council England

Irresistible was originally commissioned by Unlimited for the Cultural Olympiad at the London 2012 games. Unlimited wanted high quality, disability led work that focused on innovation and ambition with strong artist and producer relationships, which would showcase the UK’s best disability arts to the rest of the world. Jez Colborne was chosen to create Irresistible in collaboration with Mind the Gap, England’s largest learning disability theatre company.

Jez Colborne is a multi talented composer, musician, actor and siren enthusiast with a learning disability. Inspired by his childhood fear of warning sirens, Jez wanted to create a spectacular new piece of music and theatre:

Irresistible involves using lots of types of sirens to create a symphony. I’m bringing a whole new meaning to the word siren, mixing them with choirs, bands and lighting to make sirens the star of the show. It’s about using danger, excitement and risk to create a new piece!

Since London 2012 Irresistible has gone on to be a runaway success and almost four years since the original commission, Mind the Gap is still receiving numerous bookings for this breathtaking, site sensitive spectacular, with demand for the work reaching around the globe.

About the Show

Irresistible is a family friendly, energetic and breathtaking live event combining music, theatre, film and sirens.

Irresistible tells the story of a man on a journey. He meets the Hobo’s who guide him; the Crew who intimidate him; and the singing Sirens, who lure him.

This atmospheric and joyous site sensitive experience will surround your senses and leave you singing new rock and blues songs. Can you resist the Call of the Sirens?

Irresistible Tour

Irresistible has toured London’s Southbank Centre, National Theatre, Olympic Park, Bradford, St Helens, Unity Festival Cardiff, Berne, Geneva, Basel, Zurich and Reutlingen, performing in an array of different venues such as indoor and outdoor theatres, a quarry, a library, and a stairwell!

Irresistible is available for booking, contact Senior Producer Lisa Mallaghan or call 01274 487394

*Unlimited was originally funded by The National Lottery through the Olympic Lottery Distributor and delivered in partnership between London 2012, Arts Council England, Creative Scotland, Arts Council of Wales, Arts Council of Northern Ireland and the British Council

Press & Media

Arts Professional – Published 13 December 2010


Ben Pugh Blog – Published 19 June 2012

Disability Arts Online – Published 27 June 2012

Culture Vultures – Published 28 June 2012

Heart n Soul – Published 25 August 2012

The Muse Room blog – Published – 31 August 2012

Alternative Barnsley – Published 3 September 2012

Demotix – Published 6 September 2012

Telegraph & Argus – Published 7 September 2012

Push Me, The Space – Published 24 November 2012

Telegraph & Argus – Published 11 October 2013

Fabric – Published 22 October 2013

Culture Vultures – Published 24 October 2013

InterGrart, Germany  – Published 2013

Past Performances

Date Venue Details
12 June 2015 Wolfsberg Castle, Wolfsberg Festival Sommerbühne
26 June 2014 Kulturzentrum franz.K, Reutlingen, Germany Kultur Vom Rande Festival
19 October 2013 City Park, Bradford Reflections Festival
16 June 2013 Wales Millennium Centre Unity Festival, Cardiff, Wales
12 June 2013 Dampfzentrale, Berne, Switzerland Community Arts Festival
7 June 2013 Théâtre du Loup, Geneva, Switzerland Danse-habile
1 June 2013 Rotefabrik, Zurich, Switzerland OKKUPATION!
30 May 2013 Kaserne, Rossstall II, Basel, Switzerland Wildwuchs Festival
1 February 2013 Central Library St Helens
8 September 2012 Clore Ballroom, Southbank Centre Unlimited Festival
7 September 2012 The Bandstand Olympic Park, London
5 & 6 September 2012 Watch This Space, National Theatre Unlimited Festival
21 - 23 June 2012 Studio 1 Mind the Gap Studios
29 October 2010 Cow & Calf Rocks, Ilkey Work in Progress


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