Printable CopyWE ARE IAN
Until 18 Mar 2018

Review by Janice Bailey

It is October 2017 in Manchester, UK. ‘The year that changed everything from black and white into crazy technicolour. A frenzy of drugs, illegal raves and acid parties.’

Amid a backdrop of pounding techno music, the frantic gyrations of three girls dressed in white relive the era. The concept was born from the idea that all previous generations of young people have had their own ‘outlets’ but this generation has ‘f… all’, so they’re going back to 1989. Throughout the frantic music and gyrations, there is a voiceover droning through the music. This is Ian, the stepfather of one of the girls in the show – he was there. The girls weren’t there but they have recaptured the era using stories they heard from Ian.

Initially I was bemused and intrigued by the number of people who had filled the venue – of all ages and cultures, coming together to celebrate the backstory. They understood the references to ‘brown biscuits’ and the purpose of the pounding techno music. The ‘party’ was recreated and everyone understood the references.

This show was an award-winning cult hit of the Edinburgh Festival, 2017. This was not my scene but there is clearly an audience for it and it has been well conceived and executed.

Rating: 4.5 stars (out of 5)