29 June – 16 July 2017

Party Skills for the End of the World

Created by Nigel Barrett and Louise Mari
with Abigail Conway

World premiere

This is a party with a difference.

As turmoil and uncertainty sweep the world, you’ll learn the essential skills you’ll need to survive and savour life when everything you’ve taken for granted has gone – from starting a fire and making balloon animals to mixing the perfect Martini and skinning a rabbit. With the collapse of civilisation close at hand, it’s time to look at all the good things in life and the fear that stops us enjoying them. This wild, immersive show will teach you how to get by when the end finally comes and it’s time to celebrate everything that’s made life worth living…

Created by Nigel Barrett and Louise Mari of the acclaimed Shunt Collective, Party Skills for the End of the World is the perfect tonic for the modern age.


Get involved
Nigel Barrett
 and Louise Mari are on the hunt for people aged 18+ to form a team of Party Skillers to help them teach the essential skills we’ll all need to survive an apocalypse or enhance a party. No experience necessary – just an enthusiasm to learn and demonstrate something new, and become involved in an extraordinary performance project!

To find out more about getting involved, please email Janine Hague at partyskillers@mif.co.uk.

For box office inquiries, please email boxoffice@mif.co.uk

Lizzie Clachan
Design Consultant
Abigail Conway, Bethany Wells
Marty Langthorne
Lighting Design
Ben & Max Ringham
Composition & Sound

Commissioned and produced by Manchester International Festival and Shoreditch Town Hall.

Photo: Party Skills workshop at the MIF offices, Manchester, UK, January 2017
© Donald Christie