Part of Co:LAB Festival


  • By Take Back
  • 22 July 2017
  • The Studio

Who controls the message and how the message controls us.

1.28 billion access Facebook every day worldwide. 15 million get a daily newspaper in the UK. On average, 4 million watch the BBC 10 o' clock news.

In the age of new media, we choose how we access information from a variety of news sources.

We are in control.

That’s what we’re led to believe. But we are increasingly exposed to unreliable or distorted information. As consumers of news, our relationship to our sources is shifting.

When confusion and misrepresentation infiltrate our media consumption and our everyday conversations, who can we trust for news? Fusing a number of experiences including live, prerecorded, remote and experimental media, this durational and immersive piece will engage audiences and challenge them to directly interact with, experience and interpret a series of happenings, that are in themselves open to manipulation and assumption.

A high concept experience designed to start a conversation around borders, art, reportage, reliability, bias and prejudice.

Take Back are an award-winning Manchester-based theatre collective whose aim is to respond to social and political events through curated evenings of new writing and installation-based, immersive and multimedia theatrical events.


The Open Exchange has been generously supported by The Leche Trust and the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation

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  • Event Information
  • VENUE: The Studio

    PERFORMANCE DATES: Saturday 22 July 2017

    PERFORMANCE TIMES: 3pm - 6pm

    TICKET INFORMATION: Pay what you decide

    TICKETS: Unticketed

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