Paul Heaton – The 8th

Paul Heaton (The Beautiful South), premieres his epic new pop song, The 8th at MIF

By Matthew Tyas | 10 May 2011

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“Victim of an overdose or recipient of bullet. Just the harvest of the finger or the wrist. It’s the needle or the trigger, The 8th could push or pull it As long as folk believe that he exists”

Paul Heaton (The Beautiful South, The Housemartins), premieres his epic new pop song, The 8th, at Manchester International Festival’s Pavilion Theatre.

The 8this a song in eight chapters; a lingering look at the seven deadly sins through a series of scenes taking place in a single neighbourhood, a poor neighbourhood; one where a new, thoroughly modern, sin  – the 8th  – is able to insinuate itself into every person’s life… Given a thrilling theatrical narrative by award-winning playwright Che Walker (Royal Court and Young Vic) and directed by Paines Plough’s joint artistic director George Perrin, The 8th  will feature a cast of performers from across musical genres, to be announced, who will join Heaton in the Pavilion Theatre for three very special shows.

  • Lyrics – Paul Heaton
  • Music – Paul Heaton, David Rotheray, Jonny Lexus
  • Book – Che Walker
  • Direction – George Perrin
  • Art and Visuals – Rebelgonebad

Performed by The 8th Orchestra: Paul Heaton, Jonny Lexus, Pete Marshall, Jonny Wright, Christian Madden and more.

See for details of all performers as available.

Commissioned and produced by Manchester International Festival and Paines Plough.


Thu 7 / Fri 8 / Sat 9 July at 20:00Tickets £19.50 (no per ticket booking fee; transaction charge applies)

Concessions availableBox Office: / Quaytickets +44 161 876 2198

Duration: 90mins. BSL interpreted performance Thu 7 July. Contains some strong language, not recommended for under 12s.

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