This is Britain’s Spring. It’s a new dawn and the sun is rising… just, no-one knows the landscape it's about to shine on. One thing is for sure – everything is Ramping Up.
In the first of two exciting co-productions, Contact Young Company will work with young creatives from Battersea Arts Centre’s Homegrown Company. This cross-city cohort will collaborate with David Cumming (Kill the Beast) and Jess Thom (Touretteshero) to explore issues around accessibility in a post-Brexit society.
Having inherited a future they don’t necessarily want, in a country fragmented by beliefs and paralysed by confusion, what do the next generation have to say about this mess we’re all in? What barriers, invisible or otherwise, exist in their lives and is Brexit affecting them for better or worse? Now their lives are in the hands of clowns, what should our young people do? Laugh? Cry? Or fight?
Ramping Up premiered at Battersea Arts Centre’s wonderful Homegrown Festival (5 – 6 April) before heading to The Bread Shed in Manchester.
Each performance will be captioned and audio described. A touch tour for blind and partially sighted audience members attending the show, plus their companions, will take place 30 mins before each performance.
This event takes place at The Bread Shed
The Bread Shed 126 Grosvenor St, Manchester M1 7HL
Directed by David Cumming (Kill the Beast).
Produced by Contact and Battersea Arts Centre.
Creative Instigator: Jess Thom
Associate Director: Eleanor Henderson
Sound Designer / Assistant Artist: Bonnie Schwarz
Stage Manager: Rosey Lock
Supporting Artists: Jackie Hagan & Nickie Miles-Wildin
Visiting Artist: Robin Sukatorn
Special Thanks to: The Lowry, Extant, Mark Croasdale and Matthew Pountney
BAC Producer: Fiona Sowole
Contact Theatre Producer: Keisha Thompson
Image credit: Joyce Nicholls