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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 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  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 and Perth Festival in association with tanzhaus nrw and Dance Umbrella.

             

 

Reviews

“Astonishing...a life-affirming display of community spirit that would make Elvis quiver with pride” ★★★★★ The Herald (July 19)Full article
“a thought-provoking and poignant show about identity, performance and disruption” ★★★★ The GuardianFull article
“What I didn't expect was for Thank You Very Much to punch me in the gut quite as hard, or stay with me so clearly afterwards” BBC's Manchester International Festival BlogFull article
“A stunningly engaging and thought provoking piece... Joyous and warming” Confidentials Manchester
“[Claire] continues in her tradition of making performance that is intimate, cerebral and emotive, meditative and positive, with a powerful eye for the striking visual moment” ★★★★ The List
“The astutely clever dots that Cunningham has threaded through this piece join up to cogent, thought-provoking effect – whether it’s Elvis thrusting rock’n’roll into the public view or those with disability owning their imperfections on-stage, what’s being challenged is social prejudice, even hostility” ★★★★★ The Herald (Nov 19)Full article
“…nothing less than a rhinestone-studded piece of magic.” ★★★★ Disability Arts OnlineFull article
“Thank You Very Much is also a terrific 90-minute “good night out”, lifted throughout by Cunningham’s fierce, witty presence, her fine singing voice and the glowing brilliance and commitment of her fellow performers.” ★★★★ The Scotsman

Credits

Created and Conceived by Claire Cunningham
Performed by Claire Cunningham, Dan Daw, Tanja Erhart and Vicky Malin
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

Previous Performances

  • Ukrainian Cultural Centre, Manchester, Manchester
  • Tanzhaus nrw, Düsseldorf
  • Couper Institute, Glasgow