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Two Destination Language present Manpower at the Cambridge Junction

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Katherina Radeva and Alister Lownie in Manpower. Picture: Alex Brenner
Katherina Radeva and Alister Lownie in Manpower. Picture: Alex Brenner

The new production about men and power, which discusses the rapidly changing landscape of Brexit Britain, will be on at J2 on Wednesday, November 21.

Manpower. Picture: Alex Brenner
Manpower. Picture: Alex Brenner

First performed the day Trump was elected back in 2016, innovative performance artists and theatre makers Two Destination Language look at changing roles for men, their ‘safe spaces’, the women who support gendered roles and the old cliché of how much men love wires and lumping wood. What is manpower?

After a successful run of Fallen Fruit at Summerhall at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe – a play about Bulgaria in 1980s and 1990s – Two Destination Language are back on stage with a two-person piece they created between the Brexit vote and the shift to the right in US politics.

The devised work explores how creators and performers Kat and Alister see, feel and think about men and power.

A lot has changed over the last century for men – traditional roles and expectations of masculinity are in flux. With these roles changing and the current political climate in the UK, Manpower has a lot to talk about.

The show itself revolves around an Ikea shed, DIY live, built on stage. As Alister builds, Kat begins to tell the story of her perception of the British working class.

Two Destination Language have adopted a way of working that suits the current climate for theatre makers, bringing in practitioners from specialisms across the theatre spectrum to help get ideas onto the stage.

For this show they are delighted to be working with dramaturg Ben Francombe who has previously worked with 1927, Search Party and Paper Birds.

Led by artists Katherina Radeva and Alister Lownie, Two Destination Language’s work explores questions of identity, belonging and culture.


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