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We Are Ian (In Bed With My Brother / The Pleasance)

By | Published on Friday 26 August 2016

We Are Ian Ed2016

It’s a rare feat to get an entire audience dancing onstage. But In Bed With My Brother’s new show ‘We Are Ian’, winner of the 2016 Charlie Hartill Award, does just that. Performers Kat Cory, Dora Lynn and Nora Alexander recreate their friend Ian’s experience of the 1989 Acid House movement through music, dance and clowning. Recordings of interviews with Ian, a 46-year-old Mancunian with a great sense of humour, are incorporated into the show, along with his favourite tracks from the era. The show is well-structured, with a strong emotional arc, and the sound and lighting design are fantastic. ‘We Are Ian’ demonstrates how having a dance can be a defiantly political act. You need to experience it for yourselves.

Pleasance Dome, until 28 Aug.
tw rating 5/5 | [Hannah Greenstreet]