National Theatre of Scotland and Manchester International Festival in association with Claire Cunningham Projects and Kunstenfestivaldesarts present
Thank You Very Much
National Theatre of Scotland and Manchester International Festival (MIF) in association with Claire Cunningham Projects and Kunstenfestivaldesarts are delighted to announce a return of Claire’s award-winning work Thank You Very Much, as they pull back the curtain on the glittering world of the tribute artist. This ambitious and powerful meditation on identity and acceptance and the challenges of being yourself will open at the KVS Box, Brussels as part of the Kunstenfestivaldesarts, before touring to Hannover for the Theaterformen Festival; ZAMEK Culture Centre in Poznań, Poland, and finally to Oslo to the CODA Oslo International Dance Festival.
Thank You Very Much sees Claire Cunningham and her ensemble of leading disabled performers, Jo Bannon, Tanja Erhart and Vicky Malin, invite audiences to join them as they pull back the curtain on the glittering and mysterious world of the tribute artist, taking to the floor with wit, glitz, and a pulsating soundtrack. A performance that navigates up, down and all-around society’s ideas of normality, and shakes up the myth of how bodies should be. The dancers pull on their sparkling costumes and ask: Who have we been trying to be all our lives? Has it ever been our choice? And what really is “the wonder of you”?
Thank You Very Much won a Critics Award for Theatre in Scotland 2020 for Best Ensemble (Claire Cunningham, Tanja Erhart, Vicky Malin, and Dan Daw) and Best Music and Sound (Matthias Herrmann). Thank You Very Much premiered at MIF in 2019 to critical acclaim followed by performances in Dusseldorf, Glasgow, and London. In 2021 the production successfully toured to a variety of festivals in Switzerland, Germany, and Sweden.