The Library Theatre Company present
Manchester Sound: The Massacre
By Polly Wiseman Directed by Paul Jepson
- Sat 8 Jun - Sat 6 Jul 2013
Two of Manchester’s most iconic eras are about to collide in Manchester Sound: The Massacre – and you’re on the guest list.
In an underground club in Manchester, two groups of idealists meet. Both are looking for utopia, or, at the very least, something like euphoria. Both are being hounded by the law. And both are hoping for the night of their lives. They just happen to come from different centuries…
This unique production brings the changing face of protest in our radical city vividly to life – from the Peterloo Massacre of 1819 to the late 80s acid house scene, through to today. Cultures clash as fateful protest meets party central in a rich mix of tunes and ecstasy, life-changing conversations and powerful images.
Manchester Sound: The Massacre, staged in a secret city centre venue, takes you deep into the world of the illegal rave parties of Manchester’s second Summer of Love. Melding eye-witness accounts of Peterloo with the experiences of acid house party veterans, it’s a dynamic finale to the Library Theatre Company’s programme of immersive site specific theatre experiences.
Still not sure if Manchester Sound: The Massacre is for you? Listen to what people have thought of the show so far and take a peek behind the scenes…
20% off food and drink at Cornerhouse
Eat and drink at Cornerhouse on the day you see Manchester Sound: The Massacre and receive 20% off your total bill.
(Offer valid for ticket holders only on day of performance. If you go pre-show they’ll stamp your ticket, if you’re coming after the show please hang on to your ticket stub and show this at the bar. One discount per transaction only. Offer applies to food and drinks.)
Contribute to our Manchester Sound playlist
We’re also putting together a playlist to get us in the mood for the show – post your favourite late 80s Mancunian classics in our comments section below and we’ll add them to the list! >>>>
Manchester Sound: The Massacre Performances
|Sat 8 Jun||7:30pm||Preview||£15|
|Mon 10 Jun||7:30pm||Preview||SOLD OUT|
|Tue 11 Jun||7:30pm||Press Night||SOLD OUT|
|Wed 12 Jun||7:30pm||£22/18|
|Thu 13 Jun||7:30pm||£24|
|Fri 14 Jun||6:00pm||£24|
|Fri 14 Jun||9:00pm||£26|
|Sat 15 Jun||6:00pm||SOLD OUT|
|Sat 15 Jun||9:00pm||£26|
|Mon 17 Jun||7:30pm||£22/18|
|Tue 18 Jun||7:30pm||£22/18|
|Wed 19 Jun||7:30pm||Signed Performance||£22/18|
|Thu 20 Jun||7:30pm||£24|
|Fri 21 Jun||6:00pm||£24|
|Fri 21 Jun||9:00pm||£26|
|Sat 22 Jun||6:00pm||£24|
|Sat 22 Jun||9:00pm||£26|
|Mon 24 Jun||7:30pm||£22/18|
|Tue 25 Jun||7:30pm||£22/18|
|Wed 26 Jun||7:30pm||£22/18|
|Thu 27 Jun||7:30pm||£24|
|Fri 28 Jun||6:00pm||£24|
|Fri 28 Jun||9:00pm||£26|
|Sat 29 Jun||6:00pm||£24|
|Sat 29 Jun||9:00pm||£26|
|Mon 1 Jul||7:30pm||£22/18|
|Tue 2 Jul||7:30pm||Signed Performance||£22/18|
|Wed 3 Jul||7:30pm||£22/18|
|Thu 4 Jul||7:30pm||£24|
|Fri 5 Jul||6:00pm||£24|
|Fri 5 Jul||9:00pm||£26|
|Sat 6 Jul||6:00pm||£24|
|Sat 6 Jul||9:00pm||£26|
There are plenty of ideas jostling for attention here but it’s all presented with a light touch and the sort of adrenaline-raising immersive vibe you can feel on your pulse… Well worth nosing out.
The play is enthralling, thought-provoking and gives you pangs of nostalgia for those endless nights running around the warehouse and squat party scene in the late eighties.
— Louder Than War – John Robb
Once inside, we were transported to another world. The set design offered delight after delight… An original and immersive experience, it will stick in the memory like a rave chord on loop. Manchester Sound thrilled me to the bones. Enjoy the trip. And it is a trip.
If you want to experience a truly participatory theatre event then you need look no further… This is one theatrical event not to be missed… The rave replicated the Hacienda with such precision and attention to detail… Just like I felt back then, I didn’t want the night to end.
Paul Jepson’s direction is pacy, energetic and slick… An exciting, compelling and provocative evening of theatre. Definitely recommended for anyone who prefers their theatre to be immersive and experiential as opposed to predictable and passive.
I loudly applaud the ambition of Manchester Sound: The Massacre mixing such far-apart points in history… The Library’s summer days and nights out have all been must-experience theatrical events and I will really miss that excitement when they move into their purpose-built new home in the future.
Highly addictive… leaves you in no doubt that you’ve taken part in a major event.
The Massacre does have some stirring moments as distant and recent past meet in the club lavatories, and the dead rise in a rousing Les Misérables-style finale to remind us that we do have the power to build the world anew.
Wiseman’s writing creates some engaging encounters between characters from both periods. For once, it’s difficult to see the joins between a professional cast of eight and the two-dozen community company who augment the action.”
The final scene is a gem – a sweet moment of musical theatre and a tender tribute to unity and human endeavour in both centuries.
Intriguing, thought-provoking and original from start to finish.”
— Bolton News
Rachel Austin stands out as particularly strong in both eras… Leah Hackett is also very good… Simeon Truby does a very good job as musical director and composer.
A glowing example of how to create drama with an acid house pulse that makes you feel you’re in the midst of history.”
The Library Theatre Company’s latest production has to be its most ground-breaking yet… All the cast are outstanding and their performances are very real… A great way to introduce young people to an art form that, in the hands of companies like this, is always exciting.
Bold and highly-imaginative… It all makes for a unique and immersive theatre spectacle that also has a lot to say for itself.”
A very enjoyable experience… Another inventive, site-specific play which is another love letter to this wonderful city and the people in it.
An interesting evening… The cast are impressive. The massacre scene is brilliantly chaotic, with strong input from movement director Lucy Hind.
Where the action takes place is wonderfully atmospheric. Soundscapes and video projection move the action on and add layers of texture and tension to the drama.
A collective energy and a closeness to the action sweeps you along.
Delivers on atmosphere by the bucket load… The final scenes will linger long after the last beat of Manchester Sound fades.
If you weren’t there in Hacienda-era Manchester, you’ll wish you were.
The staging is bold and effective with the audience becoming active participants in the gathering.
Library Theatre Company
- Pete Ashmore
- Rachel Austin
- Dean Anthony Fagan
- Stephen Fewell
- DJ Liberty/Henry Hunt
- Adam Fogerty
- Leah Hackett
- Janey Lawson
- Simeon Truby
- Paul Jepson
- Polly Wiseman
- Amanda Stoodley
- Peter Rice
- Sound Designer
- Chris Davey
- Lighting Designer
- Timothy Bird
- Projection Designer
- Lucy Hind
- Movement Director
- Simeon Truby
- Musical Director
- Rebecca Taylor
- Assistant Director
- Henrietta Duckworth
- Dennis Charles
- Production Manager
- Jim Gee
- Project Manager
- Chris Honer
- Artistic Director
- Rebecca Jenner
- Theatre Admin & Casting
- David Doyle
- Stage Supervisor
- Paul Gregory
- Sound Supervisor
- Danny Stewart
- Lighting Supervisor
- Fi Carrington
- Wardrobe Supervisor
- Billy Caldwell & Marc Hough/DJ Tintin
- Music Supervisors
- Kevin Cummins
- Production Photographer
- Avril Mason
- Production Administrator
- Jamie Byron
- Company Stage Manager
- Amy Chandler
- Chris Booth
- James Woods
Related News & Blog Posts
Blog: Setting the scene
No script and no site - not a great basis on which to start designing a site specific show. Yet Amanda Stoodley has received great acclaim for her work on Manchester S...… Read more
Blog: Ask the audience
We find out if you've enjoyed a night of rave and revolution down at Manchester Sound: The Massacre.… Read more
Digital Reporter Matt Charlton reviews Manchester Sound: The Massacre.… Read more
The city's leading cultural commentator John Robb finds himself back in 1989.… Read more
Actor Pete Ashmore gives you a handful of great reasons to grab a ticket for the show.… Read more
Blog: One big crazy experience
Watch our behind the scenes video as we delve into the world of rave and Peterloo with Manchester Sound: The Massacre.… Read more
Digital Reporter Matthew Charlton gets a preview of our eagerly awaited site-specific production opening on Saturday.… Read more
Blog: Green Team In Action
As part of Manchester Sound we will be mixing projected video footage with live performance. This week we joined our creative team on their green screen shoot.… Read more
Blog: The Story of Peterloo
Leah Hackett learns more about the Peterloo Massacre in a guided tour around Manchester...… Read more
Blog: The cop in the head
After a busy first week of rehearsals for Manchester Sound: The Massacre, Stephen Fewell gets to grips with his character in the first of our actor's blogs.… Read more
Blog: The full low down
The Annexe at Cornerhouse was the venue for a symposium to introduce Manchester Sound: The Massacre to an audience of influential Mancunians. What was discussed?… Read more
With Manchester Sound: The Massacre starting rehearsals next week, we thought it was time to introduce you to the creative team behind the production…… Read more
Volunteer opportunities to join the team - from ushers to prop making and set painting to wardrobe assistance!… Read more
Blog: The Manchester Sound mix
Is acid house your thing? Help us create a playlist inspired by our new show Manchester Sound: The Massacre.… Read more
We are delighted to announce the cast for our summer 2013 production Manchester Sound: The Massacre… Read more
Next summer's site-specific production, Manchester Sound - The Massacre, has its first development week in Manchester. … Read more