Party Skills for the End of the World: Lockdown Special


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What is a party in a locked-down world? What do you wear? What do we do? What should you bring? What do we need to know?

Three years ago, Nigel Barrett and Louise Mari from pioneering cult performance collective Shunt brought the party to end all parties to MIF17. Now, exclusively for MIF Live, they’re attempting to squeeze their genre-defying epic show into the tiny digital portal that connects all of our isolated worlds during lockdown. We invite you to join us and raise a glass to celebrate the things we’re still able to share when we are so close and yet so far away. Come and hang out, make some friends, learn some new skills – and dance like nobody’s watching…

Please note that the nature of the show means capacity is limited and admission is by ticket only – and all tickets are free

Please note that the performance is being recorded in booking a ticket you give your consent to being recorded. You can opt-out of being recorded by switching off your video and/or audio on my computer or mobile device, but in doing so you will not have the same experience.


Written, directed & created by Nigel Barrett & Louise Mari

Designed by Bethany Wells

Lighting Designer Marty Langthorne

Composition & Sound Designer  Ben & Max Ringham


Nigel Barrett

Oli Benson

Richard Chambers

Clara Darcy

Cynthia Emeagi

Wil Godwin

Guy Hargreaves

Al Hepworth

In bed with my brother

Alyssia Jarvis

Adonis Jenieco

Marty Langthorne

Alexander Lee

Louise Mari


Band AK/DK

Online Broadcast by Mesmer

Broadcast System Design Salvador Bettancourt Avila

Broadcast Manager Ian William Galloway


Commissioned and produced by Manchester International Festival.

Original production commissioned and produced by Manchester International Festival and Shoreditch Town Hall.


The event may feature strobe or flashing lights and strong language, and is recommended for audiences aged 18+. Please email with any specific access requirements – but please note that due to the nature of the event, we are unable to offer BSL interpretation, captioning or audio description.
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