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. At the height of the UK’s lockdown in May 2020, they attempted to squeeze their genre-defying epic show into the tiny digital portal that now connects all of our isolated worlds. We invited 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. You came to hang out, made some friends, learned some new skills – and now you can relive the evening with this film of highlights from 6pm on Friday 10 July over on our YouTube channel.





Written, directed & created by Nigel Barrett & Louise Mari

Designed by Bethany Wells

Lighting Designer Marty Langthorne

Composition & Sound Designer  Ben & Max Ringham

Cast 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 access@mif.co.uk 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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