1989. Manchester. The year that everything changed from black and white into crazy technicolour. A frenzy of drugs, beats and bucket hats. Illegal raves. Acid parties. Just jumping up and down in a field and throwing two fingers to Thatcher… Remember it?
Because we don’t. We weren’t even born.
But Ian was. And Ian does remember.
So, we’re going back to 1989. We’re gonna get off our peanuts. We’re gonna bounce around like idiots. And Ian’s going to show us how. We’re mad ‘fer it. And you will be too. Let’s party.
We Are Ian is about our mate Ian, who was our age in the late 80s and early 90s Acid House scene in Manchester. The show is made from recordings of conversations we’ve had with Ian, and scored by his favourite tracks from the era.
“Given the subject matter and location, We Are Ian constitutes a lot more than just a decent piece of theatre: this show seems to explain Manchester… We Are Ian seems to be the best explanation of Manchester that I’ve ever come across. I’m not the only one who’s noticed that Theatre 2 at Home seems to have consistently hosted the most entertaining theatrical spectacles in Manchester this year, this one (literally) takes the biscuit.” – The Greater Manchester Reviewer
“We Are Ian is a masterclass in clubbing and a political call to wake up and make change happen. The end of the performance is pure exuberance and the scenes on stage may be my best ever memory of being in a performance.” – Live Art Alive
“Part dance party, part political theatre, all loving tribute to acid house… It’s an extraordinary night out that feels so utterly Mancunian.” – Mancunion
★★★★★ “We Are Ian demonstrates how having a dance can be a defiantly political act. You need to experience it for yourselves”- Three Weeks
★★★★★ “You won’t see anything else like it” – Broadway Baby
★★★★★ “Be Ian, be you but really, just be in this audience” – A Younger Theatre
★★★★ “Heck, the wholeshow is a dance break” – The Scotsman
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After the performance on Fri 13 Oct DJ Darryl Marsden will be in the bar spinning Haçienda classics.