The National Theatre of Scotland and Manchester International Festival (MIF) come together for the first time to work with Claire to present Thank You Very Much, which will premiere at MIF in July 2019 before touring to Glasgow later in the year.
Forty years after Elvis left the building, the King is back.
This ambitious and powerful new work from Claire uses the phenomenon of Elvis tribute artists as a springboard to explore impersonation, identity, acceptance and the challenges of being yourself.
Thank You Very Much invites you to join an evening informed by the experiences of an international company of leading disabled performers: Claire Cunningham, Dan Daw, Tanja Erhart, and Vicky Malin.
Through the lens of the competitive world of Elvis tribute artists, among the messiness of navigating society’s ideas of normality, the ensemble takes apart the myth of how bodies should be and have been trained to be. With her characteristic wit and honesty Cunningham asks us all…what is “the wonder of you”?
Thank You Very Much is Claire’s first work for MIF. The National Theatre of Scotland first collaborated with Claire on Ménage à Trois (Paterson’s Land at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and touring) in 2012.
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