Quarantine's Make-believe celebrates 10 years of Contact
Date: 26 October 2009
Manchester's Contact Theatre is currently celebrating its 10 year anniversary. This week also sees the return of the ward winning theatre company Quarantine, with their new production, Make-believe.
Simultaneously dark and joyous, the latest show from award-winning company Quarantine, navigates the hazy area between fact and fiction; reality and pretence. Performed by real life partners Marcus Hercules and Yusra Warsama, their two-year old son Jeziel, Berlin-based dancer Johanne Timm and Manchester artist Lowri Evans, Make-believe ponders big questions on a human scale with real people.
Director Richard Gregory explains: ‘Maybe it's foolish, but Make-believe attempts to explore the impossible. Can you explain the history of the world? It's an extraordinary experience to spend time with people with such passion about how they see our planet. We’ve chosen to work with a group of performers who have all grown up with strongly held and contrasting belief systems, from atheism through Christian Science, to Rastafarianism and Islam. Two year-old Jeziel hasn’t said yet.’
Make-believe is another Quarantine performance where real life doesn’t stop when the show starts. It reveals how theatre is put together, and asks us to believe in it anyway. Quarantine are working in rehearsal with Dr Michael Brady, a lecturer in philosophy at the University of Glasgow.
Make-believe previews at Contact on Wed 28th October and continues until Sat 7th November. For more details, please visit Contact's website.
- by Glenn Meads
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