Created by the Elders Company & Young Company
A Royal Exchange Theatre Production
Five different groups of people, with different passions, tastes and favourite bands are making their way to the festival. All heading in the same direction with one goal in mind - to make it to the gig on-time, to meet new people, listen to music they’ve never heard before and make memories that will last forever.
Following on from the success of past intergenerational productions ADIEU and THE SPACE BETWEEN US the Royal Exchange Young and Elders Companies will collaborate in a uniquely inventive way to create an original piece of online work that celebrates the importance of staying connected. CONNECT FEST is a theatre show, a music festival and a soap-opera rolled into one and will be made up of five individual online episodes.
The first episode will be aired on Monday 11 May at 11am on the Royal Exchange Theatre website with new episodes released at the same time daily.
EPISODE 1: PUTTING THE SHAPES BACK TOGETHER
MONDAY 11 MAY, 11AM
There is a festival happening in a small village called Marble Hill. The band Quandry are to reform and play. They had a smash hit called Shapes Of Love in 1982. However, will Sam convince the original band to get back together again?
EPISODE 2: SQUARE PEG ROUND HOLE
TUESDAY 12 MAY, 11AM
Jenny, a high flying business woman comes back to Manchester to settle and find love. After a few unsuccessful internet dates she is about to give up and return to Kuala Lumpur but can the offer of two tickets to the Break Out 20 festival change all that?
EPISODE 3: WHO IS THIS FOR?
WEDNESDAY 13 MAY, 11AM
Who gets to decide what Sandy should do for her 65th birthday? A family drama unfolds on Zoom and the truth will out.
EPISODE 4: OBLONG
THURSDAY 14 MAY, 11AM
Afia, a medical anthropology student chats to Kathleen about karaoke, the connection of music to Manchester and unearths some truths about our mysterious narrator Joe Oblong.
EPISODE 5: BREAK OUT 20
FRIDAY 15 MAY, 11AM
Will the villagers of Marble Hill be able to manage the sudden influx of festival goers who have heard that Quandry are reforming? Can Maggie get through her crisis of confidence to fill her grandad’s shoes? And will the local councillor permit the festival to be an annual event?
TIME & DATE: Monday 11 - Friday 15 May, 11am - 12 noon
NICKIE MILES-WILDIN Director
HANNAH SANDS Associate Director
With special thanks to ALEXANDRA FAYE BRAITHWAITE for her sound design and composition with support from ANNIE MAY FLETCHER
LIAM STEERS Video Editor
NICOLE ABLOTT Sound and Video Support (Young Company)
FINTAN BEIRNE Sound and Video Support (Young Company)
RUBY SHERWOOD-MARTIN Sound and Video Support (Young Company)
CARMEN FYFE PAULO
KELISE GORDON HARRISON
OCEANA CAGE NZENE