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.

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