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Luddite rebellion production for Exchange

Published: 29 June 2019
Reporter: David Upton

Unearthing an early 1800s story about resistance, resilience and espionage, Kandinsky’s latest devised piece There Is A Light That Never Goes Out: Scenes From The Luddite Rebellion explores the ramifications of valuing machines over human life.

At a time when Manchester was the most modern city in the world, the Luddite rebellion was an attempt by the city’s most powerless to shape the future for themselves.

The production runs at Manchester Royal Exchange from July 25 to August 10.

The show will be devised using original source material, including letters, handbills and newspaper articles. Improvisation and extensive ensemble work will create a theatrical experience, using 21st century technology to bring early 19th century Manchester to life.

Amelda Brown, Nisa Cole, David Crellin, Reuben Johnson, Daniel Millar and Katie West star.