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Created by the Elders Company & Young Company

CONNECT FEST

A Royal Exchange Theatre Production

  • Directed by Nickie Miles-Wildin Written by Testament
  • 11 May 2020 - 15 May 2020
  • On Tour / External

The stage is set and the soundchecks are happening, but the music hasn’t started yet.

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 aired on Monday 11 May at 11am on the Royal Exchange Theatre website with new episodes released at the same time daily.

DOWNLOAD THE CONNECT FEST EVALUATION REPORT


SCHEDULE:

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?

DOWNLOAD THE PROGRAMME

  • Event Information
  • TIME & DATE: Monday 11 - Friday 15 May, 11am - 12 noon

    TICKET PRICES: FREE - However, if you would like to make a donation to our Theatre - we would be very grateful. DONATE - why we need your support. #rxconnect

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    DOWNLOAD THE CONNECT FEST EVALUATION REPORT

  • Creative Team
  • NICKIE MILES-WILDIN Director

    TESTAMENT Writer

    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)

  • EPISODE 1

    EPISODE 2

    EPISODE 3

    EPISODE 4

    EPISODE 5

  • Harry

    AIDAN FEELY

    Adam

    ANDREW HUSBAND

    Kathleen

    ANN COLE

    Vernon

    BILL CONNOR

    Dan

    BRIAN HOLMES

    Liza

    CARMEN FYFE PAULO

    Meg

    CAROLE DAVIS

    Interviewee

    CATHERINE FOULKES

    Dwight

    CHARLES KENNEDY

    Billy (Broken)

    CHRISTOPHER LITTLER

    Interviewee

    CHRISTINE CONNOR

    Interviewee

    DAVID WESTON

    Frank

    DECLAN ADAMSON

    Jim

    DONALD McGREGOR

    Nigel/ Jeremy

    DUDLEY NEWALL

    Amelia

    ELEANOR CROSS

    Sam

    ERIC NORTHEY

    Interviewee

    ESTELLE LONGMORE

    Ronnie

    FRED YEOMANS

    Kay

    GILL BASSAM

    John

    GORDON EMERSON

    Lewis Simons

    JACK KIRKPATRICK

    Jenny

    JACKIE CORR

    Sandy

    JACQUIE LONG

    Patrick

    JAMES ALLEN

    Afia

    KELISE GORDON HARRISON

    Maggie

    KIARA SMITH

    James

    KIT JORDON

    Joy

    MARALYN TOHILL

    Evelyn Abott

    MARGARET BELL

    Larry

    MATTHEW WARREN

    Dave

    MIKE WILLIAMS

    Ben Murray

    Nathan Lea

    Mish

    OCEANA CAGE NZENE

    Amy/ Gem

    POPPY WAXMAN

    Joelle

    SHEILA COLMAN

    Presley Wild

    STEVE BASSAM

    Joe Oblong

    TONY COCKER

    Jules

    YVONNE BREMER

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