Projects 

Let’s Talk About It!

SICK! Festival commissions outstanding new productions that investigate and reflect upon the urgent themes we address. Local, national and international artists working across art forms develop projects with partners from other sectors including healthcare, academia and the charities sector, creating experiences that are engaging, urgent and rooted in the lives of our communities and neighbourhoods.
Your Title Goes Here

Your content goes here. Edit or remove this text inline or in the module Content settings. You can also style every aspect of this content in the module Design settings and even apply custom CSS to this text in the module Advanced settings.

All
DDD15: DEATH, DIVERSITY & DECOLONISATION

DDD15: DEATH, DIVERSITY & DECOLONISATION

SICK! Festival has been invited by Manchester Metropolitan University, on behalf of the Association ofor the Study of Death and Society to deliver a programme of cultural events as part of the 15th International Conference on the Social Context of Death, Dying and...

read more
INHERITED RESILIENCE

INHERITED RESILIENCE

VOLUME OF POETRY FLOWS FROM CULTURAL COLLABORATION A community of like-minded black and dual heritage women from Oudtshoorn (in the Klein Karoo area of South Africa’s Western Cape) and Moston (in Manchester in the UK), embarked on a virtual four-part journey to...

read more
MINDSCAPES

MINDSCAPES

MINDSCAPES is a 2-year programme of co-operation and co-production between cultural institutions in The Netherlands and Manchester. Working with artists and arts organisations spanning performance, visual arts and digital media, the project explores the impact that...

read more
DEATH & BIRTH IN MY LIFE

DEATH & BIRTH IN MY LIFE

MATS STAUB Death and Birth In My Life invited the audience to listen in on a series of intimate conversations about the most moving and challenging experiences in life. Developed with staff from the Intensive Care Unit at Manchester Royal Infirmary, Mats Staub’s...

read more
GRAPHIC ENCOUNTERS

GRAPHIC ENCOUNTERS

KAISA LEKA (FINLAND), TIITU TAKALO (FINLAND), JAMIE SQUIRE (UK), UNA (UK) SICK! FESTIVAL COMMISSION Graphic Encounters discussed the experiences of women in Manchester through a series of compelling illustrated narratives presented in poster-sites across Greater...

read more
A FAMILY OUTING – 20 YEARS ON

A FAMILY OUTING – 20 YEARS ON

URSULA MARTINEZ   SICK! FESTIVAL CATALYST COMMISSION CO-COMMISSIONED BY THE BARBICAN, SICK! FESTIVAL AND PERTH FESTIVAL   Twenty years after bringing her parents onstage in the sublime A Family Outing, Ursula Martinez attempts to recreate the show, without...

read more
THE YEAR MY VAGINA…

THE YEAR MY VAGINA…

AMY VREEKE SICK! FESTIVAL CATALYST COMMISSION CO-COMMISSIONED WITH CONTACT In 2016 stand-up comedian and theatre-maker Amy Vreeke was diagnosed with endometriosis. Now she relives twelve years of misdiagnosis, toilet-based mishaps and failed one-night stands....

read more
18%

18%

URBAN WOORDEN & YOUNG IDENTITY In January 2019, a YouGov survey for the Prince’s Trust revealed that 18% of young people in the UK believe ‘life is not really worth living’. More than 25% of those surveyed felt that their life had no sense of purpose. Providing a...

read more
BODY OF KNOWLEDGE

BODY OF KNOWLEDGE

SAMARA HERSCH Body of Knowledge is an intimate conversation piece created by a group of teenagers and a team of artists, initiated and directed by theatre-maker Samara Hersch. In Body of Knowledge, you are invited to join a conversation. This is a conversation between...

read more
SICKOS

SICKOS

Jackie Hagan is a live artist who was diagnosed with a rare and variable disease. Most commonly ‘sufferers’ live for 5-15 years after symptoms show. This was 6 years ago. She has coped by embracing uncertainty, covering her life in pompoms and mainly – Ignoring it. In...

read more
BABY FEVER

BABY FEVER

THEATER DEGASTEN & CONTACT YOUNG COMPANY SICK! FESTIVAL CATALYST COMMISSION In Autumn 2019 Contact Young Company worked with multidisciplinary performance-makers Theater DEGASTEN. Co-produced by SICK! Festival, this show addressed the main question proposed by...

read more
FOUR DHOLIS AND A DIVORCE

FOUR DHOLIS AND A DIVORCE

HAFSAH BASHIR SICK! FESTIVAL CATALYST COMMISSION Four Dholis and a Divorce is a new performance by poet and performer, Hafsah Bashir. The project will explore how South Asian women suffer from psychological and somatic symptoms of anxiety, stress and depression, and...

read more