Allan’s work has taken many forms, from one-to-one performances and performance lectures to durational performance and focuses on deconstructing modern myths by gazing at life through a lens of absurdist logic. Using themes of repetition and ridiculousness, he asks us to look again at concepts that we have taken for granted in the modern age, such as success, love and the Western ideal of beauty. Allan also plays heavily with character and façade, using different identities to display the dialectic between our quest to achieve these desirable contemporary principles and the impossibility of the real world. Laced with dark comedy and sinister farce, he combines poignant commentary with wit to subvert a world of glamour with danger, risk and chance.
Allan has explained to audiences the improbability of falling love through statistics in his performance lecture Love Is A Number and even spontaneously created new artists by selling off improvised artworks in the most affordable art extravaganza of the decade, Alain D’Aylour’s Affordable Art Auction. He also asked audiences to censor his own life by painting out the bad bits in his installation Censortive Information. He was one of five artists selected to represent the UK at the inaugural international Stockholm Fringe Festival in Sweden, where he ate make up to become beautiful on the inside in a successful run of his iconic and touching performance, The King of Beauty.
Allan has presented work at BAC, greenroom, The Bluecoat, Royal Vauxhall Tavern, The Cube, The Core, Derngate and Camden People's Theatre.