29 June – 16 July 2017
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Maxine Peake

The Skriker

By Caryl Churchill
Directed by Sarah Frankcom
Music by Nico Muhly & Antony

Two years after the pair collaborated on a compelling account of Shelley’s The Masque of Anarchy at the Albert Hall for MIF13, actor Maxine Peake and director Sarah Frankcom joined forces once more at the Festival. For MIF15, the pair took on The Skriker, Caryl Churchill’s prescient and prophetic journey into a post-apocalyptic dystopia. Staged in a dramatically reconfigured Royal Exchange Theatre, where Frankcom is the Artistic Director, the production astonished audiences over its sell-out run and received universally enthusiastic reviews.

‘It’s the best bad dream I’ve had all year’ The Times

‘A performance of huge, sure-footed range from [Maxine] Peake’ The Independent

‘Big, bold, ambitious, visually and linguistically rich’ The Stage


Commissioned and produced by Manchester International Festival and the Royal Exchange Theatre.

MIF15
1-18 July 2015*
Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester
Opening night 4 July 2015

* The Skriker continued at the Royal Exchange Theatre after MIF15, closing on 1 August 2015


MIF on air
The MIF15 production of The Skriker was adapted for radio for BBC Radio 3’s Drama on 3 series and broadcast in March 2016


Related events
Maxine Peake and Sarah Frankcom collaborated on The Masque of Anarchy at MIF13

Anohni (formerly Antony) performed with Antony and the Johnsons at MIF09 and was a part of the creative team for The Life and Death of Marina Abramović at MIF11