The Anvil: ANU

An elegy for Peterloo


Sun 07 July -
Sun 07 July

Starting time

Noon - 5.30pm


Manchester City Centre

Price range

Admission Free

On 16 August 1819, more than 60,000 people flooded into St Peter’s Field from all over Manchester. They came in peace, united in their passion for the right to vote. But as the speeches began, armed troops on horseback charged into the crowd, killing 15 and injuring more than 600. The Peterloo Massacre was a pivotal moment in British history, a landmark on our road to democracy. And now, MIF is marking its 200th anniversary with an extraordinary day of performance, poetry and music.

What would make you take to the streets?

One of Europe’s most thrilling theatre companies, ANU created a series of 15 artistic interventions in Manchester city centre, all completely free. From theatre and dance to soundscapes and visual art, this day-long immersion is inspired by those who died at Peterloo – but also by the lives, stories and concerns of those living in Manchester today, from zero-hours contracts to climate change, forging a vital new connection between 1819 and our 21st-century city.

For the full schedule and map, click here or pick up a map from Festival Square and any of the locations.

The BSL interpretation schedule of the 15 artistic interventions can be found here.

Get Involved!
MIF and ANU are looking for people across Manchester to take part in activities and performances as part of The Anvil. To find out how you can get involved, click here.

Commissioned and produced by Manchester International Festival. Supported by Culture Ireland.

Director: Louise Lowe
Design: Owen Boss
ANU Producers: Lynnette Moran and Matt Smyth
Lighting Design: Ciaran Bagnall
Sound Design: Sinéad Diskin
Costume Design: Saileóg O’Halloran
Assistant Director: Samantha Cade
Stage Managers: Bairbre Ní hAodha and Dylan Farrell

Creative Leaders: Danny Fahey (Thirty Pound Gentleman), Tasha Whittle, Billy Cowan, Hafsah Bashir, Keisha Thompson, Annie Woodson and Jim Dawson
Associate Artist; Mark Croasdale (Clemency)
Poet: Nasima Begum (Jerwood Creative Fellow)

Nandi Bhebhe, David Fawaz, Etta Fusi, Una Kavanagh, Clinton Liberty, Niamh McCann, Sarah Morris, Michael Glenn Murphy, Jamie O’Neill, Robbie O’Connor, Matthew Williamson