MIF LIVE, Manchester International Festival’s free online programme, continues this week with Re:Creating Europe, an exploration of Europe through the words that have defined its history, directed by prolific theatre director Ivo van Hove.
It will be streamed on MIF’s YouTube channel on Friday 1st May at 7.30pm, introduced with a piece specially recorded for this online presentation, written and read by Michael Morpurgo.
Re: Creating Europe weaves together a multi-layered tapestry of words from artists, thinkers and political leaders – from Shakespeare to Goethe, Churchill to Obama – to explore the essence of Europe, and inviting audiences to consider its past, present and future.
This thought-provoking production was originally presented at the Festival in July 2019, with a cast including Adjoa Andoh, Christopher Eccleston, Lemn Sissay, Juliet Stevenson and Michael Morpurgo joining van Hove’s Internationaal Theater Amsterdam on stage at The Lowry in Salford.
Michael Morpurgo says: “I have lived my life in the shadow and aftermath of great European wars, and in the hope and expectation of a new Europe that was rising out of the ashes of war and suffering.
“I belong to a family of nations learning to work together, trade together, to be together, a family determined to turn swords into ploughshares, suspicion and hate into understanding and goodwill.
“To have been part of Manchester International Festival’s Re:Creating Europe means a great deal to me, as a Belgian, as an Englishman, as a European.”
Re:Creating Europe is an Internationaal Theater Amsterdam–De Balie production, presented by Manchester International Festival and supported by the Forum on European Culture.
MIF LIVE presents Re:Creating Europe
Date: From Friday 1st May
Venue: Your gaff