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Thank You Very Much

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This ambitious and powerful new work from Claire Cunningham 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.  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”?

Click here to listen to a BBC Radio 4 documentary about the piece and Claire’s exploration of the difference between impersonation and tribute, what it means to train to become someone else – or an ideal of someone else – and relating this to the lived experience of disability.

Commissioned and produced by Manchester International Festival and National Theatre of Scotland.  Premiering at Manchester International Festival in July 2019 and heading to Glasgow in October & November 2019

 

             

 

Credits

Created and Conceived by Claire Cunningham
Performed by Claire Cunningham, Dan Daw, Tanja Erhart, Vicky Malin and Marissa Perel
Dramaturg Luke Pell
Sound Design Matthias Herrmann
Costume Design Shanti Freed
Set Design Bethany Wells
Lighting Design Chris Copland
Associate Director Dan Watson
Photographer Anna Cervinkova