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A selection of new script-in-hand performances on the politics of the body.  From gender, identity, sexuality and sexual health to ableism, fat shaming & reproductive rights.

For further information on the topics explored in Take Back: Our Bodies click here

ACT ONE

In My Mind I'm Free by Rupert Hill
Directed by Cherylee Houston
Rupert Hill
Liz Carney

Seeking Approval by Millie-Jo MacIver
Directed by Kate Colgrave Pope
Rosa Hesmondhalgh
Leon Tagoe
David Jones

Belonging by S.F. Cole
Sandra Cole

Politics of Cake by Lisa Holdsworth
Directed by Cherylee Houston
Sue McCormick

Old Bones by Anita Pandolfo
Directed by Ian Townsend
Neil Ashton
Anita Pandolfo

Tricked by Melissa Johns
Directed by Cherylee Houston
Melissa Johns 

Manstation by  Zoe Iqbal
Directed by Kate Colgrave Pope
Zoe Iqbal
Nadia Emam
Rob Ward
Leon Tagoe

At Work by S.F. Cole
Sandra Cole

Body's a Temple by Peter Keeley
Directed by Ian Townsend
Peter Keeley
Toby Hadoke

This is what love feels like by Rebekah Harrison
Directed by Kate Colgrave Pope
David Jones
Nadia Emam

ACT TWO

Body Song by Guy Hargreaves
Directed by Ian Townsend
Guy Hargreaves

Road Trip by  Annie Wallace (film)
Annie Wallace

The Things White People Have Said to Me by S.F. Cole
Sandra Cole

One Form by Rebekah Harrison
Directed by Cherylee Houston
Melissa Johns

The Pill by Adam Zane & Rob Ward
Directed by Ian Townsend
Toby Hadoke
Sue McCormick

Cassandra by Sarah McDonald- Hughes
Directed by Kate Colgrave Pope
Rosa Hesmondhalgh

Unpeople by Stephen M Hornby
Directed by Ian Townsend
Jonathan Voe
Rob Ward

A Vocation - 49 Scenarios for Gay Men by Joshua Val Martin
Directed by Ian Townsend
Neil Ashton
Leon Tagoe
Toby Hadoke

The Eighth by Ian Kershaw
Directed by Kate Colgrave Pope
Julie Hesmondhalgh
Zoe Iqbal
Jonathan Voe

One Body by S.F. Cole
Sandra Cole

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America


America

America


America

In light of the news this last week, we wanted to offer a space to come together and respond as an artistic community in Manchester

So we want to invite you to join us at Take Back: America, on the 23rd January 2017 at the Comedy Store, Manchester. This will be just after the inauguration of the 45th President, which we feel is a significant time.

As ever, we know this will not change the result of the election, but we want to bring people together to start a conversation, about how we feel, what it means, and how we move forward with HOPE from this seemingly catastrophic moment in global history. 

ACT ONE
Directed by Matt Hassall


Star Spangled Banner
By Jacob Bloomfield
Jacob Bloomfield

Wednesday Morning 5AM
By Guy Hargreaves
Guy Hargreaves

Seeking Post Election Connection
(or A Writer’s Desperate Attempt to Incorporate a Shattered-Glass Metaphor into Fucking Everything)

By Daniel Getzoff
Daniel Getzoff

Theatre 2060 
By Aditi Kapil
Nadia Emam

Donald Trump
By Rosie Fleeshman
Rosie Fleeshman

The Power Of Hope
By Rebekah Harrison
Nadia Emam, Jenny Platt, Sandra Cole

A Prayer for Donald Trump
By S.F. Cole
Sandra Cole

Post
By Kirsten Greenidge
Rosie Fleeshman, Jenny Platt

Speak 
By Rabiah Hussain
Zoe Iqbal

Inauguration 
By Adeel Amini
Darren Kuppan

ACT TWO
Directed by Chris Lawson


What Kind Of Angry Woman Are You?
By Aileen Quinn
Amy Drake

A Conservative American 
By Brad Birch
Annie Wallace

Every Brilliant Random Act of Kindness
By Ian Kershaw and Martha Kershaw
Ian Kershaw and Martha Kershaw

Remixed 
By Daniel Foxsmith
David Crellin

Hope in Chappaqua
By Tim Foley
Erin Shanagher, Kate Rutter

Haircut, Wyoming
By Chris Thorpe
Chris Thorpe

Fascist Beasts And Where To Find Them
By James Graham
Victoria Brazier and Ceallach Spellman

Real News
By Rebekah Harrison
Arthur Bostrom, Sushil Chudasama

Vermin
By Laura Harper
Ceallach Spellman, Erin Shanagher

Dear Mr President Elect
By Millie-Jo MacIver
Group

Checks and Balances
By Tim Dynevor
Arthur Bostrom, Sushil Chudasama, Amy Drake

Its Not The End 
By Generation Now
Themselves

 

We received many wonderful submissions for Take Back: America and only had chance to perform a selection. All of the pieces are now available to view by clicking here:

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Togetherness Edinburgh


Togetherness 

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Togetherness Edinburgh


Togetherness 

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From the meltdown in party politics to increases in racially motivated attacks, and divisions in class and age brought into sharp relief, Take Back Togetherness is a call to the creative community, to begin a discussion about how we move forward, positively, together. 

This is a 45-minute selection of original work performed at the Royal Exchange, Manchester.

Directed by Trevor MacFarlane

So Intervene written by Chris Thorpe
Performed by the ensemble

I Voted Leave written by Anders Lustgarten
Performed by Ian Kershaw

The Lollipop Man written by Sarah McDonald-Hughes
Performed by Julie Hesmondhalgh and Oliver Devoti

Pencils written by Rebekah Harrison
Performed by Julie Hesmondhalgh and Olivia Sweeney

Together written by Alan Harris
Performed by Olivia Sweeney and Oliver Devoti

The Lion and the Unicorn written by Ian Kershaw
Performed by Julie Hesmondhalgh, Olivia Sweeney and Ian Kershaw

Take Me Back written by Furquan Akhtar
Performed by Olivia Sweeney

Reversal written by Fin Kennedy
Performed by Julie Hesmondhalgh

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Protest


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Protest


Ten takes on

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Ten Takes on Protest looks at some of the key issues in, what has been for many, a year of political awakening and re-awakening. We aim to start a conversation - we’d love you to join us.

Directed by Matt Hassall

Countdown to Protest written by Rebekah Harrison and Grant Archer
Performed by Nico Mirallegro and Sally Carman

Opt Out written by Lisa Holdsworth
Performed by Ceallach Spellman, Sushil Chudasama, Olivia Sweeney
and Victoria Brazier

That Dog written by Josh Coates
Performed by Sally Carman

All Names Have Been Changed written by Victoria Brazier
Performed by Victoria Brazier

I Voted Leave written by Anders Lustgarten
Performed by Sam Holland

Pencils written by Rebekah Harrison
Performed by Danielle Henry and Olivia Sweeney

The Lion and the Unicorn written by Ian Kershaw
Performed by Danielle Henry, Olivia Sweeney and Sushil Chudasama

The Lollipop Man written by Sarah McDonald-Hughes
Performed by Victoria Brazier and Nico Mirallegro

Death By A Thousand Cuts written by Lindsay Williams
Performed by Danielle Henry

So Intervene written by Chris Thorpe
Performed by the ensemble

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Togetherness


Take back

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Togetherness


Take back

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Take Back Togetherness is a series of creative responses that attempt to grapple with, make sense of, ask questions about and challenge the referendum result. It won't change the result, or anybody's mind, but it will be a way of coming together and sharing our disillusionment and making our voices heard as an artistic community.

We might even muster a bit of HOPE! Because art has no boundaries or borders and now is not the time for a mass exodus of our artists to Edinburgh or Berlin, however tempted we are!

Playwrights, Poets & Songwriters:
Furquan Akhtar; Brad Birch; Cathy Crabb; 
Russell T Davies; Tanika Gupta; Guy Hargreaves; Alan Harris; Rebekah Harrison; Sarah McDonald-Hughes; Jackie Kay; Fin Kennedy; Ian Kershaw; Anders Lutsgarten; Joshua Val Martin; Lizzie Nunnery; Alice Nutter; Debbie Oates; Jenny Platt; Young Everyman Playhouse; Gerry Potter; Swati Simha; Rachel Smith; Chris Thorpe; Chris Urch; Open Voice Choir; Louise Wallwein; Yusra Warsama; Lindsay Williams and Laurence Wilson.

Actors:
Rachel Austin;  Krissi Bohn; Arthur Bostrom; Sushil Chudasama; Curtis Cole; Jo Dakin; Amy Drake; Oliver Devoti; Laura Elsworthy; Shobna Gulati; Guy Hargreaves; Julie Hesmondhalgh; Rupert Hill; Sam Holland; Zoe Iqbal; Sue McCormick; Jo Mousley; Yandass Ndlovu; Jenny Platt; James Quinn; Lauryn Redding; Olivia Sweeney; Susan Twist; Annie Wallace and Pawel Zdun.

Directors:
Chris Lawson; Trevor McFarlane; Justine Potter and Ian Townsend.

 

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Capital


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Capital


ten takes on

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Ten Takes on Capital: An evening of ten brand new six minute script-in-hand performances, written as a response to the inevitable impact of the March 2016 budget.

Opt Out by Lisa Holdsworth
Directed by Matt Hassall
With Ceallach Spellman, Rachael McGuinness, Kerry Willison-Parry and Leon Tagoe

A Plan for the Next Generation by Rebekah Harrison
Directed by Ian Townsend
With James Quinn, Julie Hesmondhalgh, Darren Jeffries and Claudia Mirallegro

A Golden Ticket by Owen Jones
Directed by Liz Stevenson
With Victoria Brazier and Keeley Forsyth

In My Shoes by Cathy Crabb and John Henshaw
Directed by Noreen Kershaw
With John Henshaw 

Skip Family by John Fay
Directed by Chris Lawson
With Shila Iqbal, Jenny Platt, Susan Twist and Leon Tagoe

The Big Piss Up by Cherylee Houston and Toby Hadoke
Directed by Caroline Clegg
With Cherylee Houston, Krissi Bohn and Toby Hadoke

Investment by Deborah McAndrew
Directed by Martha Simon
With Susan Twist, Arthur Bostrom, Olivia Sweeney and Oliver Devoti

Ugly by Punam Ramchurn
Directed by Esther Dix
With Zoe Iqbal

A Line in the sand by Rebekah Harrison
Directed by Nadia Molinari
With Julie Hesmondhalgh and Russell Lane

Death by a Thousand Cuts by Lindsay Williams
Directed by Justine Potter
With Danielle Henry

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Hope


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Hope


ten takes on

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Ten Takes on Hope: Ten brand new six minute script-in-hand performances, written by professional writer, inspired by a summer of hope.

Fish by Jennifer Platt
Directed by Janine Waters
With James Quinn and Luke Bailey

All Names Have Been Changed by Victoria Brazier
Directed by Shaun McGowan
With Victoria Brazier

Marching on Stone by Gareth George
Directed by Matt Hassall
With Gareth George, Wendy Patterson and Amy Forrest

The Hope Factor by Rebekah Harrison
Directed by Piers Black-Hawkins
With Nico Mirallegro, Olivia Sweeney, James Quinn, Kimberly Hart-Simpson, Sushil Chudasama and Zoe Iqbal

Word on a Wing by Joshua Val Martin
Directed by Alyx Tole
With Jo Dakin and Danielle Henry

The Shoes by Louise Wallwein
Directed by Chris Lawson
With Tink Flaherty and Saquib Chowdhury

Rock, Paper, Scissors by Ian Kershaw
Directed by Alex Summers
With Olivia Sweeney and David Crellin

Cut and Dried by Cathy Crabb
Directed by Chris Lawson
With Sally Carman and Sue Twist

Detention by Sandra Cole
Directed by Chris Honer
With Luke Bailey and Rico Marshall

Born by Julie Hesmondhalgh
Directed by Caroline Clegg
With Sandra Cole and Helena Coates