A group of dancers meet to make a film – but things get wonderfully weird when the camera takes on a life of its own…
Following the sell-out success of The Welcoming Party at MIF17, Theatre-Rites returned to the Festival with a team of international collaborators – and an uplifting new show mixing dance, music, theatre and puppetry for children and family audiences.
We can now connect with anyone, in person and on screen – but is the camera our friend, our playmate or something else entirely? Partly inspired by our year under lockdown, The Global Playground explored the magic of our first encounters, how we play together, how we connect and sometimes disconnect – and ultimately how we make the most of the time we spend together, however we spend it.
This joyful show invited us to celebrate both the people we are and the people we cherish, reminding us all to treat one another with kindness and care – and you can now stream the whole show on demand until 23:59 BST on Sunday 10 October 2021.
Sue Buckmaster Director
Gregory Maqoma Choreographer
Ingrid Hu Designer
Ayanna Witter-Johnson Composer
Guy Hoare Lighting Designer
Nick Sagar Sound Designer
Ali Beale Production Manager
Martin Riley Digital Film & Production
Rebecca Taylor Sharman Assistant Director
Gemma Nixon Assistant Choreographer
Michael Douglas Assistant Designer
Stitches & Glue Puppet Makers
Talk to the Hand Puppet Makers
Laura Hammond Company Stage Manager
Adam Steed Technical Stage Manager
Sarah Wardle Assistant Stage Manager
Stewart Bartles Production Electrician
Peter Scandrett COVID-19 Compliance Monitor/Site Manager
Olivia Savage Artist Liaison
Performers Jahmarley Bachelor, Thulani Chauke, Annie Edwards, Sean Garratt, Merlin Jones, Kennedy Junior Muntanga, Charmene Pang
Commissioned and produced by Manchester International Festival and Theatre-Rites.