Spoken-word, rap & singing come together to delve into a Post-Brexit society with 'Ramping Up'

The play will head to The Bread Shed after a successful run at Battersea Arts Centre.

By Manchester's Finest | 29 April 2019

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Contact Young Company have developed the production alongside young creatives from Battersea Arts Centre’s Homegrown Company. This cross-city cohort also collaborate with David Cumming (Kill the Beast) and Jess Thom (Touretteshero) to explore issues around accessibility in a post-Brexit society.

Having inherited a future they don’t necessarily want, in a country fragmented by beliefs and paralysed by confusion.

What do the youth of today have to say about this mess we’re all in?

What barriers, invisible or otherwise, exist in their lives and is Brexit affecting them for better or worse? Now their lives are in the hands of clowns, what should our young people do?

Laugh? Cry? Or fight?

Ramping Up follows a group of actors who are abruptly informed that they are going to stage T.S Eliot’s, The Waste Land, instead of their chosen play, Spring Awakening.

Image: Keisha Thompson

This is a ruthless decision made by authorities that they can’t question and subsequently their frustration, their mockery and their personal stories unfold.

Ramping Up is a mix of spoken-word, rap and singing and will be heading to The Bread Shed this Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th May.


Contact and BAC present: Ramping Up

Venue: The Bread Shed
Date: Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th May
Time: 7.30pm (plus 1.30pm matinee on Saturday)
Cost: £20 / £15 under 35 / £10 concessions

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The Bread Shed, 126 Grosvenor St, Manchester M1 7HL