1989. Manchester. The year that everything changed from black and white into crazy technicolour. A frenzy of drugs, beats and bucket hats. Illegal raves. Acid parties. Just jumping up and down in a field and throwing two fingers to Thatcher…
Do you remember it? Because we don’t. We weren’t even born.
But Ian was. And Ian does remember.
We’ve got fuck all now (Ian says).
So, we’re going back to 1989.
We’re going to neck a brown biscuit.
We’re going to get off our peanut.
We’re going to bounce around like idiots.
And Ian’s going to show us how.
We’re mad fer it.
And you will be too.
WE ARE IAN is about our mate Ian, who was our age in the late 80s and early 90s Acid House scene in Manchester. The show is made from recordings of conversations we’ve had with Ian, and scored by his favourite tracks from the era. Using a messy, multimedia mish-mash of clowning, dance and lip-synching - we try and recreate the party. The show's about youth culture and politics. it's about our generation and the last. it's about class and opportunity. it's about dancing through the shit. but mainly, it's about ian.
WE ARE IAN AT INCOMING FESTIVAL, NEW DIORAMA - JUNE 2017
A YOUNGER THEATRE
"Be you, be Ian, but really just be in this audience"
★★★★★ A Younger Theatre
"This is a fiercely imaginative, defiant production, proving how political and bold an act dancing can be."
★★★★★ Three Weeks
"A heady, deafening and delirious thrill-ride of a show which grabs you by the throat and never lets go."
★★★★★ 730 Review
"A rousing rallying cry for resistance and a laugh-out-loud feel-good dance comedy, We Are Ian is unmissable."
★★★★★ Broadway Baby
"A non-stop, creatively crafted, uplifting piece of theatre that has resounding relevance."
★★★★ Reviews Hub
"This is a requiem for a dream, for a time when youth culture could frighten the government by the way it danced"
★★★★ The List
"The unbelievable amount of energy injected into the piece is infectious and for an hour we are definitely Ian"
"This is theatre as I have never experienced before"
★★★★ Fringe Guru
"Theatre is often obsessed with being contemporary: WE ARE IAN marries two generations’ experiences together in a stunning form that’s as relevant as anything you’ll see on stage."
-WINNER BRIGHTON FRINGE AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE 2016
-NOMINATED TOTAL THEATRE AWARD EMERGING COMPANY 2016
-730 REVIEW AWARD FOR INNOVATION AND FORM 2017
-NOMINATED FRINGE WORLD AWARD FOR THEATRE 2018
-WINNER ADELAIDE FRINGE WEEKLY AWARD FOR BEST THEATRE 2018
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