Must – The Inside Story

Queer Up North International Festival

In collaboration with the celebrated Clod Ensemble, legendary New York performance artist Peggy Shaw returns to Queer Up North to take Manchester audiences on a journey across the landscape of her own body.
Renowned for her own gender-bending autobiographical work, she recounts her extraordinary experiences of the medical profession from her current perspective as a 65-year-old lesbian grandmother.
MUST weaves together the stories of a lifetime – giving birth on the way to Woodstock, her mother’s electric shock treatment in 1950s America, the loss of a loved one – with projected microscopic images, and live musicians performing a powerful score for piano, double bass and violin.
“Exquisite… This is open-heart surgery of the artistic kind, performed without anaesthetic” – The Guardian
By Suzy Willson and Peggy Shaw
Performed by Peggy Shaw
Music by Paul Clark
Designed by Sarah Blenkinsop
Lighting by Designer Hansjörg Schmidt
Musicians include John-Paul Gandy and Calina De la Mare
Produced by Fuel
Photography by Manuel Vason