WHAT’S ON SEPTEMBER: New performance about men and power discusses the rapidly changing landscape of Brexit Britain.
First performed to a shell-shocked audience the day Trump was elected back in 2016 – innovative performance artists and theatre makers Two Destination Language look at changing roles for men, the ‘safe spaces’ they build themselves, and how much they love wires. Tracing the history of Britain’s industrial decline since the 1975 vote to remain in the EU, Manpower admits the possibility: men haven’t worked for decades.
Manpower is on tour this autumn across Scotland and England. After a successful run of Fallen Fruit at Summerhall this Edinburgh Festival Fringe – a play about Bulgaria in the 1980s and 1990s and the parallels to today in the EU after the wall fell in Berlin 89, Two Destination Language are back on stage with a piece they created between the Brexit Vote and the shift to the right in US politics.
The devised work is another very personal two-hander exploring how creators and performers Kat and Alister see, feel and think about gender, work and power. A lot has changed over the last century for men – traditional roles and expectations of masculinity are in flux. With these roles changing, continued privilege afforded to ‘the white male,’ and a political climate in which uses the marketing techniques of capitalism to shape fears and drive votes to allay them, Manpower has a lot to talk about.
The show itself revolves around a wooden building, DIY live, built on stage…. As Alister builds Kat begins to tell the story of her perception of the British working class. As the show unfolds, against period-defining music tied to moments, movements and happenings all will be familiar with, the politics becomes more troubling and futile vacuity of political language is laid out. This is a performance by two people, about the situation we ALL find ourselves in today, and how the words that created it have become part of the problem.
Two Destination Language have adopted a way of working that suits the current climate for theatre makers, bringing in practitioners from specialisms across the theatre spectrum to help get ideas onto the stage. For this show they are delighted to be working with dramaturg Ben Francombe who has previously worked with 1927, Search Party and Paper Birds.
Led by artists Katherina Radeva and Alister Lownie, Two Destination Language’s work explores questions of identity, belonging and culture.
26th – 27th September – 8pm, Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh
29th September – 7.30pm, Tullynessle & Forbes Hall
11th October – 8pm, Lyth Arts Centre, Wick
24th October – 8pm, Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock
25th October – 7pm, Platform, Glasgow
Images: Alex Brenner