World Premiere

Studio Créole

7 writers, 7 stories, 7 languages


Fri 12 July -
Sun 14 July

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Running time

1 hour 45 mins (approx.)


Manchester Academy 1 webBreak Oxford Road, M13 9PR

Unreserved Seating

Price range

£10 Greater Manchester residents on lower wage Register here

£25 Full Price webBreak £20 Concessions webBreak £2 transaction fee per order (no per ticket fee) webBreak webBreak 2 tickets per person


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Studio Creole will be presented at Carriageworks in Sydney, Australia from 2-4 April 2020.

Conceived & Curated by Adam Thirlwell
Co curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist
Designed by Rem Koolhaas & Cookies
Directed by John Collins

Featuring: Patrick Chamoiseau, Sayaka Murata, Adania Shibli, Sjón, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, Dubravka Ugrešić, Alejandro Zambra.

Performed by Lisa Dwan

Seven leading writers from seven countries tell us seven new stories – in seven different languages.

Studio Créole, an intimate laboratory for stories where we can hear writers read in their original language and simultaneously listen to a live translation, channeled through a lone performer. And as we listen, these stories and languages thrillingly fragment and fuse. This is Studio Créole, a compelling exploration of meaning and language in our tangled global world.

Who gets to tell which stories? Language today is fluid, mobile, creolised: constantly remade and remodelled by collisions between local dialects and global citizens. And literature in this era becomes a process of high-speed translation and identity swaps.

Studio Créole stages how and why this happens through this collection of seven stories, written for MIF19 and read live by their internationally acclaimed authors – through a spectacular custom-designed audio network. Simultaneously writing, theatre and art, Studio Créole is a living, breathing anthology that exists only in the moment of its happening.

Sound Designer – Ben Williams
Lighting Designer – Prema Mehta

Commissioned by Manchester International Festival and Carriageworks, in association with the Abu Dhabi Festival. Produced by Manchester International Festival.

£10 Greater Manchester resident lower wage tickets are available.

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