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by Rachael McIntyre (subscribe)
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Performances to Challenge Identity and Belonging
SICK! Festival, winner of the prestigious EFFE Festivals Award in 2015, makes a triumphant return to Manchester this March.

The festival, which looks at exploring issues of belonging, identity, trauma and well being, showcases a wide variety of international works, and HOME is one of the 26 venues which are involved.

Delving into the turbulent experiences of living in the world today, SICK! Festival examines how we deal with what life throws at us – be it if our bodies or minds fail us, the experiences we live through, or the social and historical contexts of our lives. Guaranteed to challenge previous conceptions and let you walk in other people's shoes, SICK Festival 2017 embraces how a multitude of identities can live and survive together.

SICK! Festival's CEO and Artistic Director, Helen Medland explained why Manchester was selected as its new home:

"The move to Manchester was essential as the city offers exciting venues who want to promote challenging and thought provoking works. World class Universities, extensive charity and community organisations, a local government leading the way in meeting societal needs and a population that we believe embraces the openness and inclusion that SICK! represents."

Five Easy Pieces, SICK! Festival, Theatre, HOME
Five Easy Pieces presented by Milo Rau


Through both theatre and film, productions at HOME featured as part of SICK! Festival will be exploring all these themes, with a whole host of contemporary productions to experience.

A list of productions running at HOME are listed below. To view a full programme of events taking place as part of SICK Festival, see here.


THEATRE

Lolling and Rolling


Presented by Jaha Koo

Thu 16 Mar/ Fri 17 Mar 2017, 19:00

In South Korea, there was a big controversy surrounding tongue surgery for children in order to achieve better English pronunciation. Lolling and Rolling examines Korea's tragic social phenomenon and obsession for English education.


Fractured Memory

Presented by Ogutu Muraya

Thu 16 Mar/ Fri 17 Mar 2017, 21:00

Ogutu Muraya reimagines James Baldwin's Princes and Powers, an essay which describes in great detail a congress of Afro-intellectuals, writers, artists, philosophers and theorists, at the Sorbonne in Paris in 1956.


De Man in Europe


Presented by Lucas De Man

Sat 18 Mar 2017, 21:00

For his project In Search Of Europe, Lucas De Man interviewed more than 20 young creative professionals in 17 cities in eight countries in 30 days who are trying to change the society they live in for the better. Inspired by this journey, Lucas created the lecture performance De Man in Europe.


If These Spasms Could Speak

Presented by Robert Softley -

Wed 22/Thu 23 Mar 2017, 21:00

A solo performance based on a collection of funny, sad, touching and surprising stories about disabled people and their bodies, by actor Robert Softley, co-creator of National Theatre of Scotland's Girl X. An engaging, highly humorous and interactive live art performance about disabled people that exposes a truth behind bodies that differ from the norm.


De Man in Europe, Lucas De Man, SICK! Festival, HOME, theatre
De Man in Europe presented by Lucas De Man



Help

Presented by Anoek Nuyens

Fri 24 Mar 2017, 21:00

For half a century, Anoek Nuyens' great aunt ran the charity Auxilium (Latin for 'help'). Her great aunt is now 97, and it's time to hand over to a new generation. But how to proceed? To find answers, Anoek sets off for Africa where she finds tragic personal stories, but also new voices.


Five Easy Pieces


Presented by Milo Rau, International Institute of Political Murder & CAMPO

Sat 25 March 2017, 19:30

Five Easy Pieces asks how children can understand the significance of narrative, empathy, loss, subjection, old age, and the horrors sometimes inflicted on them by adults. Swiss theatre director Milo Rau's ground-breaking political theatre is based on reconstructions of true stories that shatter the taboos of our age.



FILM

No.55 - Ash & Money


Thu 16 Mar 2017, 18:00

A documentary about the true story about what happened when a theatre company in Estonia set up a political party.


Milo Rau Double-Bill

Thu 23 Mar 2017, 18:20

A double bill comprising The Last Days of the Ceauşescus, exploring the final days of communism in Romania, and Hate Radio, which examines the role of Radio-Télévision Libre des Mille Collines (RTLM) as an instrument of the Rwandan genocide in 1994.


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Why? For contemporary, challenging performances
When: 16th-25th March
Phone: 0161 200 1500
Where: HOME
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