We Are Ian

Loud rhythmic music and screens with flashing slides with We Are Ian written on them in different colours and fonts, provoke high expectations for something cool and exciting for the audience just arriving to the show.

There is nothing to do but to RAVE about this fantastic show

This expectation was fulfilled big time. Three hallucinatory characters enter the stage and behave weirdly as the audience begin to laugh. It is funny without really understanding what’s actually going on, but one thing is clear - we are in for a real trip.

The characters communicate with a light bulb and a man’s voice starts to tell his story, remembering the year 1989 when ecstasy was in. They carry the audience into a wild dance, accompanied by roars of laughter from the audience, who quickly become fans of their crazy and special brand of humour. A “Brown F**king Biscuit’’ becomes the show’s version of ecstasy, the performers eat it and then they feed it to the audience and everybody gets ‘high’.

Colourful digestives fill the screens and, with sexual movements all over the stage, the characters are definitely high. They hug the audience and they dance with them on stage. It’s all happening and, before we know it, it’s actually a full on house party. But then the party is interrupted as Margaret Thatcher appears on the screen saying “NO NO NO” and Ian’s story continues.

The award winning company, In Bed with My Brother, gave an expressive performance, brilliantly structured and the use of the video art with the stage performance was excellent. We Are Ian seeks out the borders of ourselves and challenges the borders of the ability to party. The use of drugs is shown in a deep and multi-sided way.

We Are Ian is a real masterpiece and gives the audience an unforgettable, fun and yet meaningful experience. It is recommended to have a party after the show as it is sure to leave you craving all-night dancing. There is nothing to do but to RAVE about this fantastic show.

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1989. Manchester. A frenzy of drugs, beats and bucket hats. Illegal raves. Acid parties. Just jumping up and down in a field and throwing two fingers to Thatcher... Remember it? Because we don’t. We weren’t even born. But Ian was. And Ian does remember. We’ve got f**k all now (Ian tells us). So, we’re going back to 1989. We’re gonna neck a brown biscuit. We’re gonna get off our peanuts. We’re gonna bounce around like idiots. And Ian’s going to show us how. We’re mad fer it. Let’s party.

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