SICK! Festival 2019
Let’s Talk About It
SICK! Festival 2019 took place between 18/09/19 to 05/10/19, covering three thematic areas:
WEEK 1: DISABILITY & SOCIETY
WEEK 2: END OF LIFE
WEEK 3: YOUNG PEOPLE
Explore the performances, workshops, symposiums, screenings and parties we delivered below.
18.09.19 – 05.10.19
This Grief Thing invited people to think, talk and learn about grief, in a shop where people can have conversations, and buy clothes or objects.
18.09.19 – 11.10.19
Graphic Encounters brought together leading female comics artists with women experiencing health problems related to social inequalities in Manchester.
18.09.19 – 05.10.19
Which deaths and which births have influenced and changed my life so far? What has happened to me in the process?
CANDOCO/ HETAIN PATEL
18.09.19 – 19.09.19
Candoco Dance Company, the company that created a sensation last year on Strictly Come Dancing, presented Let’s Talk About Dis by Hetain Patel.
20 years ago Ursula Martinez made a theatre show with her parents.
20 years later, Martinez, now in her 50’s, attempts to recreate this show, without her dad, who passed away in 2009, and with her Mother, who can no longer remember her lines.
UNLIMITED & ATTENBOROUGH ARTS CENTRE
Not all disabled artists use the same terms, and not all those labelled ‘disabled’ by others self-identify that way. How different are the practices described as ‘arts and disability’, ‘disability arts’ and ‘inclusive arts’? What role does self-definition play?
Laurence Clark starred in BBC1’s documentary ‘We Won’t Drop the Baby’ and the show was recently uploaded to YouTube. The response it received worldwide was at times inspirational and uplifting – at others, derogatory and incredibly personal. Laurence explores these reactions, and questions his role as a father.
Playfully fusing contemporary dance with a cinematic live-score by Goldfrapp’s Will Gregory, The Nature of Why smashed the divide between musicians, dancers and the audience, in a performance bursting with passion and joyous intensity.
Hunt & Darton
Radio Local is a pop-up radio station built with, and for, those local to it and broadcasting live over the airwaves of Reform Radio for the duration of a whole day. Join us for our six hour marathon radio show, made and inspired by Salford’s residents and addressing the festival’s considerations around disability.
19.09.19 – 20.09.19
Presented alongside UNLIMITED CONNECTS NORTH, we present a host of interactive artworks, workshops and audio visual projects which offer bold and engaging perspectives on disability.
We began with the question ‘What is the value of a life?’
In a series of public conversations, developed with Manchester Metropolitan University we invite the audience to join us in reflecting on issues including the economics of care, media and representation, technology, genetic screening and health outcomes for people with disabilities.
LISA HAMMOND AND RACHAEL SPENCE
20.09.19 – 21.09.19
2 friends searching for drama, action, & a story to tell. Part-verbatim theatre, part comedy sketch show with a bit of singing & dancing thrown in. What did the British public say when Lisa & Rachael asked them: “What sort of play do you think we would be in?”
LARA THOMS – APHIDS
25.09.19 – 26.09.19
The Director is a performance starring charismatic ex-funeral director, Scott Turnbull, and artist Lara Thoms.
LOTTE VAN DEN BERG
Dying Together asks if moments of collective death can tell us something about how we relate to each other in life. Does the way we experience these moments through the media reveal differences in the way we value the lives and deaths of others in the world?
Filmed over 12 months on the Isle of Wight, Island is a life-affirming reflection on the phenomena of dying, portraying the transition away from personhood and observing the last days and hours of life and the moment of death.
We need to talk about Death is a deep dive in which Joanna Rosenfeld guides us into autobiographical stories, historical recordings and tender reflections about deaths she encountered in her family. Playfully she invites us to contemplate our relationship with dying and our own mortality, while questioning: what is too much.
MATS STAUB & PROFESSOR MAHESH NIRMALAN
The creator of Death & Birth in My Life will talk about the origins of his deeply moving new installation with Mahesh Nirmalan, Professor of Medical Education and Consultant in Critical Care Medicine at Manchester Royal Infirmary.
Hunt & Darton
Hunt & Darton are your unflinching hosts for six hours of broadcast radio, live from the heart of Manchester and taking over the airwaves and building live radio with you.
In this day of conversation and discussion, we invite you to join clinical practitioners, academics, artists and those with profound personal experiences of end-of-life care, to explore the emotions and ethical dilemmas that they have to address when confronting death head on.
A Death Café with a difference, our special “rainbow” edition is a chance to talk openly about death and dying.
On the 19th April 2015, Michel Graindorge passed away. The politically committed lawyer and public figure was also the father of the actor and violinist Catherine Graindorge. A man dies, a daughter loses her father.
THEATER DEGASTEN/ CONTACT YOUNG COMPANY
01.10.19 – 03.10.19
If happiness can be bought, are milestones the new currency? Created by Contact Young Company in collaboration with Theater DEGASTEN
02.10.19 & 03.10.19
New commission taking a frank and funny look at a life-altering disease. SICK! Festival Catalyst Commission Premiere.
KIM NOBLE & POL HEYVEART
03.10.19 – 04.10.19
This show is not going to be what you expect. It’s not a play. It’s not a gig. It’s also both of those things.
SICK! Festival took over the legendary NIAMOS Centre with a host of events giving voice to young people in the city.
Living Library gave participants opportunity to meet young people with unique, often challenging stories, and others who work with them. Visitors of the Living Library had 15 minutes for frank and open conversation, to listen, ask questions and reflect.
04.10.19 – 05.10.19
Body of Knowledge: a new performance work exploring all the different ways teenagers and adults talk about their bodies (including, pain, ageing, pleasure, grief, shame, sexuality, boundaries and consent.)
Young Identity & Urban Woorden
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.
From the grand auditorium to hidden studio spaces, TAKEOVER PARTY presented a vibrant and packed evening of performances, spoken word, music, provocations, digital exhibitions, artistic interventions and immersive experiences, by, for and about young people.
As part of our weekend TAKEOVER of Hulme, Bernadette Russell & Rob Kennedy will be hosting a Sign of the Times workshop workshop and installation, open and suitable for all ages.
Hunt & Darton
Hosted by the deadpan duo Hunt & Darton, Radio Local is exactly: local. Built with, by and for local people, telling their stories, sharing their news and playing their jingles. Broadcasted live over the airwaves of All FM.