This ambitious and powerful work from Claire Cunningham uses the phenomenon of tribute artists as a springboard to explore impersonation, identity, acceptance and the challenges of being yourself.
Winner, of the 2020 CATS Awards for Best Ensemble (Claire Cunningham, Tanja Erhart, Vicky, Malin and Dan Daw) and Best Music and Sound (Matthias Herrmann), 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 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.