SICK! Festival @HomeMcr

By Lee Isherwood | 20 January 2017

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The SICK! Festival was launched in 2013 as the first festival of its kind to in the UK dedicated to exploring the physical, mental, and social challenges of life and death, and how we survive them (or don’t).

HOME are the host venue in this year’s festival (8-25 March), and there are six theatre productions at HOME along with a related film programme detailed below.


Lolling and Rolling presented by Jaha Koo – Thu 16 Mar/ Fri 17 Mar 2017, 19:00
In South Korea, there was a big controversy surrounding tongue surgery for children in order to achieve better English pronunciation. Lolling and Rolling examines Korea’s tragic social phenomenon and obsession for English education.

Fractured Memory presented by Ogutu Muraya – Thu 16 Mar/ Fri 17 Mar 2017, 21:00
Ogutu Muraya reimagines James Baldwin’s Princes and Powers, an essay which describes in great detail a congress of Afro-intellectuals, writers, artists, philosophers and theorists, at the Sorbonne in Paris in 1956.

De Man in Europe presented by Lucas De Man – Sat 18 Mar 2017, 21:00
For his project In Search Of Europe, Lucas De Man interviewed more than 20 young creative professionals in 17 cities in eight countries in 30 days who are trying to change the society they live in for the better. Inspired by this journey, Lucas created the lecture performance De Man in Europe.

If These Spasms Could Speak presented by Robert Softley – Wed 22/Thu 23 Mar 2017, 21:00
A solo performance based on a collection of funny, sad, touching and surprising stories about disabled people and their bodies, by actor Robert Softley, co-creator of National Theatre of Scotland’s Girl X. An engaging, highly humorous and interactive live art performance about disabled people that exposes a truth behind bodies that differ from the norm.

Help presented by Anoek Nuyens – Fri 24 Mar 2017, 21:00
For half a century, Anoek Nuyens’ great aunt ran the charity Auxilium (Latin for ‘help’). Her great aunt is now 97, and it’s time to hand over to a new generation. But how to proceed? To find answers, Anoek sets off for Africa where she finds tragic personal stories, but also new voices.

Five Easy Pieces presented by Milo Rau, International Institute of Political Murder & CAMPO – Sat 25 March 2017, 19:30
Five Easy Pieces asks how children can understand the significance of narrative, empathy, loss, subjection, old age, and the horrors sometimes inflicted on them by adults. Swiss theatre director Milo Rau’s ground-breaking political theatre is based on reconstructions of true stories that shatter the taboos of our age.


No.55 – Ash & Money – Thu 16 Mar, 18:00
A documentary about the true story about what happened when a theatre company in Estonia set up a political party.

Milo Rau Double-Bill – Thu 23 Mar, 18:20
A double bill comprising The Last Days of the Ceauşescus, exploring the final days of communism in Romania, and Hate Radio, which examines the role of Radio-Télévision Libre des Mille Collines (RTLM) as an instrument of the Rwandan genocide in 1994.
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