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Tao of Glass_Phelim McDermott, Janet Etuk, David Emmings _MIF2019 (c) Tristram Kenton

Review: Tao of Glass, Manchester International Festival, Royal Exchange

July 22, 2019 Comments Off on Review: Tao of Glass, Manchester International Festival, Royal Exchange

Well, it’s over for another two years. No, not the Tory Party leadership contest, I mean the Manchester International Festival.

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BBC Music Introducing Manchester, Manchester International Festival, Festival Square

Review: BBC Music Introducing Manchester, Manchester International Festival

July 19, 2019 Comments Off on Review: BBC Music Introducing Manchester, Manchester International Festival

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few weeks, you’ll be well aware that Manchester International Festival (MIF 2019) is in full swing.

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Actor Lisa Dwan Studio Créole at Manchester International Festival 2019 image credit Chris Payne 51155

“You can kid yourself that you can speak Icelandic or Japanese.” Adam Thirlwell on Studio Créole and the creolisation of languages

July 18, 2019 Comments Off on “You can kid yourself that you can speak Icelandic or Japanese.” Adam Thirlwell on Studio Créole and the creolisation of languages

When someone asks you the question ‘if you could pick a superpower, what would it be?’, do you opt for the ability to be fluent in every language?

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The Fountainhead. Manchester International Festival

Review: The Fountainhead, Manchester International Festival, The Lowry

July 15, 2019 Comments Off on Review: The Fountainhead, Manchester International Festival, The Lowry

A four-hour, Dutch subtitled, dramatised version of The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand might seem as appealing as a dinner party invite from Tommy Robinson, but when it’s directed by one of the world’s most acclaimed directors it’s an opportunity to see a startling and resonant piece of theatre.

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Maxine Peake as Nico for the Nico Project

Review: The Nico Project, Stoller Hall, Manchester International Festival

July 15, 2019 Comments Off on Review: The Nico Project, Stoller Hall, Manchester International Festival

Forever immortalised in the nonchalant Velvet Underground line-up or gracing Chelsea Girl, Nico’s near mythical status as a muse, beauty and heroin addict is well known.

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David Lynch at Home, MIF 2019

Review: David Lynch artist talk and Twin Peaks: Series 3 Episode 8, Manchester International Festival, HOME

July 12, 2019 Comments Off on Review: David Lynch artist talk and Twin Peaks: Series 3 Episode 8, Manchester International Festival, HOME

The David Lynch at HOME season has an inescapable problem – an elephant man in the room, if you will.

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Review: A Drunk Pandemic, Manchester International Festival, Victoria Station

July 12, 2019 Comments Off on Review: A Drunk Pandemic, Manchester International Festival, Victoria Station

Even by the wild and woolly standards of Manchester International Festival, the Manchester cholera epidemic of the 1830s might be considered an unlikely inspiration for a project, let alone one for the first major UK project from a Tokyo-based art collective.

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Invisible Cities, Manchester International Festival

Review: Invisible Cities, Manchester International Festival

July 8, 2019 Comments Off on Review: Invisible Cities, Manchester International Festival

With the pervasive smell of brick dust hanging in the air and the stage curtained off with projections mapping Kublai Khan’s kingdom, we embark on a tale of empire.

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Review: Everything that happened and would happen, Mayfield, Manchester

October 11, 2018 Comments Off on Review: Everything that happened and would happen, Mayfield, Manchester

Before you’ve even stepped properly inside Everything that happened and would happen there’s a palpable sense of awe, not to say slight intimidation, at the setting.

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John McGrath MIF image by Chris Payne

“Manchester is good at spotting an opportunity and going for it.” John McGrath from Manchester International Festival talks to Northern Soul

October 5, 2018 Comments Off on “Manchester is good at spotting an opportunity and going for it.” John McGrath from Manchester International Festival talks to Northern Soul

Last year was a harrowing time for Manchester.

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