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Tickets £5. Over 18s only.

About this event

It is essential and deathly, a source of poetry and horror, vital for surgeons and vampires.

Join us for this special evening dissecting the scientific and symbolic nature of blood, with performances, music, talks and more activities in a similar vein.


Solo for Two by Jean Abreu
Choreographer Jean Abreu presents an exclusive excerpt from his latest performance, ‘Solo for Two’. This contemporary duet examines the process of loss, healing, renewal and transformation.

The dance will be directly followed by a short talk from Belgian Dramaturg, Guy Cools discussing the themes, inspiration and development of the piece.

Co-commissioned by the South Bank Centre and the Horniman, and Supported by Arts Council England, Swindon Dance and Frequency Festival Lincoln.

Trilogy of Horrors by TumbleDry Theatre
TumbleDry Theatre present three classic horror stories adapted from three great writers. 

  • Edgar Allan Poe's The Tell-Tale Heart, a chilling account of a descent into paranoid madness and murder, which driving down into the darkest parts of the human soul.
  • Charles Dickens' The Signal-Man, the narrator tells of an unnerving meeting with a railway signalman, who claims to be visited by a ghost warning him of an oncoming accident.
  • Mary Shelley's The Mortal Immortal, in which a man tells of his youth working as apprentice to an alchemist trying to create the elixir of life, the key to immortality.

Paso Doble Performance with Cocorola Dance Club
See a performance of this passionate Latin dance led by Richard and Tessa Tandy of Cocorola Dance Club, and its dramatic interpretation of the drama of the Spanish bullring. 

Haunting Harmonies
Hear haunting harmonies from the Raise the Roof Choir, who will perform specially selected musical sets around the Horniman during the Late.

Blood on the Dancefloor
The evening ends with an hour long Halloween and blood inspired party set by vocalist Lorena Dale.


Bloody make up
Learn to create fake wounds, bloody slashes and perfect your Halloween makeup with ArtyCat Faces.

Paso Doble workshop with Cocorola Dance Club
Following their performance, take part in a workshop with Richard and Tessa Tandy of Cocorola Dance Club to learn part of the lively Spanish dance. 


Music Gallery
Explore rites of passage with this tour with Keeper of Musical Instruments, Margaret Birley, exploring instruments used in key life moments. 

Natural History Gallery
Get your heart pumping with this bloody tour from Deputy Natural History Keeper, Dr Emma-Louise Nicholls. Her talk on blood will feature anecdotes, facts and rumours about blood drinkers and users. 

Other activities

Bloody film
A screening on forensic evidence gathering and blood splatter analysis produced by the Wellcome Collection will be on show.

Bloody gifs
Jump in the Showtime Photo Booth to create a spooky Halloween GIF of you and your friends. Email it to yourself or share it straight to Instagram, Twitter or Facebook. 

Robot Zoo and Aquarium
Both the Robot Zoo and Aquarium will be open all evening and free to enter.

Food and drink

The Horniman Cafe
Stop by the Cafe to grab a bloody bite, or try one of their concoctions.

Bloody Beer
The people from Meantime Brewing Company will be doing beer tastings at the Late - just make sure you don't get mortal!

Original Fry-Up Material
Muffin compares to the delicious offerings from Original Fry-Up Material, who will have a street food truck at the Late.