Local theatre company SwitchMCR are bringing their new production, ‘We Won’t Fall’ to the International Athony Burgess Foundation this month.

Imagine a world very different from the one we live in today. A world where music and free speech are censored, and a battle is waged to keep the community spirit alive in the face of government oppression. ‘We Won’t Fall’ examines the themes of freedom, community and rebellion in a 90-minute production at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation from 27 to 29 February 2020.

We Won’t Fall is playing in Manchester from 27 to 29 February

This dystopian devised play is from SwitchMCR, a theatre company driven by young artists. They are currently resident at 53two, and are supported by their charity branch, FOUNDation, in providing a platform for emerging artists. SwitchMCR aim to produce one professional show every six months, to which agents and casting directors are invited.

We Won’t Fall follows 12 characters whose individual stories are driven by the restrictions imposed on society, and how they come together to make social change. The show is made up of company members from the Manchester community, and is all about carrying on in trying times. During this immersive performance, a mirror is held up to where our political and social world currently is and how our actions (no matter how small) are significant and meaningful.

As well as supporting and developing emerging artists, SwitchMCR is committed to accessibility – viewing it as an essential part of theatre making which is often overlooked within the performance industry. They aim to make all of their performances accessible to everyone. We Won’t Fall is performed in a fully accessible venue, and all showings of We Won’t Fall will be captioned, with a BSL-interpreted performance on 29 February.

As part of their accessibility agenda, SwitchMCR are offering discounted tickets to those on a lower wage (see details at Eventbrite) at a rate of £2. Full admission price is £7. Tickets are available from Eventbrite. The show runs at 7pm on 27, 28 and 29 February, with an additional BSL-interpreted performance on Saturday 29 February at 2.30pm.

Katy Preen

This production includes mature themes, strong language and loud music. Please contact switchtheatrecollective@gmail.com if you require wheelchair access, captions or use of the BSL interpreter so that your needs can be best facilitated – and to allow you to get the best of the show!

The International Anthony Burgess Foundation is located at Engine House, Chorlton Mill, 3 Cambridge Street M1 5BY. It’s on the corner of Cambridge Street and Hulme Street at the rear of Oxford Road station.

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  • Kacy Preen

    Kacy is co-editor and organiser at The Meteor, and has lived in Manchester for 20+ years. They are interested in local politics and property development. Kacy is a member of the Trans Journalists Association.


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