There are things in life that you can’t rehearse for. Summer. looks at this very moment. Dozens of people of all ages on stage, responding to questions and instructions they’ve never seen before. It’s about lives being lived and it’s about as live as you can get.
Summer. is the first part of an extraordinary quartet of work about our relationship with time, a hugely ambitious project spanning the human lifecycle and made with ‘real people’ in place of actors. Summer. Autumn. Winter. Spring. is a piece of mass portraiture, an epic, day-long, marathon event…
“… Life, like this show, is precious and changeable, and happens in the moments amongst the madness. Tomorrow will reveal something else, or offer up another gift, or take another surprising turn.” Public Reviews
22 March & 26 March, Sat 2 & Sun 3 April 2016 | Old Granada Studios, Manchester, UK
5-14 June 2014 | The Warehouse, Regent Trading Estate, Salford, UK
Summer. premiered to sell-out audiences in a warehouse space in Salford in June 2014, in co-production with Contact, and was performed by a diverse group of 37 people, aged 18 months to 76 years. In 2016, Summer. was performed by 45 people in a disused television studio in Manchester.
Tonight and tomorrow the show will be different. Because that's how life is... Lyn Gardner: The Guardian
Compass Festival, Contact, Dublin Theatre Festival, HOME, Göteborgs Dans & Teater Festival, In Between Time, Lancaster Arts, Northern Stage and SICK! Festival. Development supported by National Theatre Wales.
Summer. Autumn. Winter. Spring. has received an Arts Council England Exceptional Award.
Supported by The Granada Foundation, The Unity Theatre Trust and The Wellcome Trust.