1989. Manchester. The year that everything changed from black and white into crazy technicolour. 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…

Do you remember it? Because we don’t. We weren’t even born.
But Ian was. And Ian does remember.

We’ve got fuck all now (Ian says).
So, we’re going back to 1989.
We’re going to neck a brown biscuit.
We’re going to get off our peanut.
We’re going to bounce around like idiots.
And Ian’s going to show us how.

We’re mad fer it.
And you will be too.
Let’s party.

WE ARE IAN is about our mate Ian, who was our age in the late 80s and early 90s Acid House scene in Manchester. The show is made from recordings of conversations we’ve had with Ian, and scored by his favourite tracks from the era. Using a messy, multimedia mish-mash of clowning, dance and lip-synching - we try and recreate the party. The show's about youth culture and politics. it's about our generation and the last. it's about class and opportunity. it's about dancing through the shit. but mainly, it's about ian. 

WE ARE IAN AT INCOMING FESTIVAL, NEW DIORAMA - JUNE 2017

"Be you, be Ian, but really just be in this audience" 

★★★★★ A Younger Theatre

 

"This is a fiercely imaginative, defiant production, proving how political and bold an act dancing can be." 

★★★★★ Three Weeks

"A heady, deafening and delirious thrill-ride of a show which grabs you by the throat and never lets go." 

★★★★★ 730 Review

 

"A rousing rallying cry for resistance and a laugh-out-loud feel-good dance comedy, We Are Ian is unmissable." 

★★★★★ Broadway Baby

 

"A non-stop, creatively crafted, uplifting piece of theatre that has resounding relevance." 

★★★★ Reviews Hub

"This is a requiem for a dream, for a time when youth culture could frighten the government by the way it danced" 

★★★★ The List

"The unbelievable amount of energy injected into the piece is infectious and for an hour we are definitely Ian" 

★★★★ British Theatre Guide

"This is theatre as I have never experienced before"

★★★★ Fringe Guru

 

"Theatre is often obsessed with being contemporary: WE ARE IAN marries two generations’ experiences together in a stunning form that’s as relevant as anything you’ll see on stage." 

Bristol 24/7 

AWARDS

-WINNER BRIGHTON FRINGE AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE 2016

-NOMINATED TOTAL THEATRE AWARD EMERGING COMPANY 2016

-730 REVIEW AWARD FOR INNOVATION AND FORM 2017

-NOMINATED FRINGE WORLD AWARD FOR THEATRE 2018

-WINNER ADELAIDE FRINGE WEEKLY AWARD FOR BEST THEATRE 2018

  • WE ARE I.E
  • -
  • LENNIE DE ICE
00:00 / 00:00
 

TOUR DATES

2016

CAMDEN PEOPLE'S THEATRE

LATITUDE FESTIVAL

 

 

 

PLEASANCE 10DOME, EDINBURGH FRINGE

 

bike shed theatre, exeter

18-22 october 

new diorama, london

11-12 november

new diorama, london

25-26 november

2017

 

vault fEstival, london

1-5 february

theatre fest west, salisbury playhouse

17 february

alphabetti, newcastle

22-24 february

wardrobe theatre and tobacco factory, bristol

2-4 march

new wolsey theatre, ipswich

23 march

brewery arts centre, kendal

29 april

sound city festival, liverpool

27-28 may

komedia, brighton fringe festival

31 may - 1 june

incoming festival, london 

3 june

offbeat, oxford

30 june

boat shed, exeter

10-12 july

national theatre riverstage, london

5 july

Pleasance king dome, edinburgh fringe

7-28 august

the house, plymouth

4 october

home, manchester

12-14 october

theatre deli, sheffield

20-21 october

2018

FRINGE WORLD, PERTH

27 JANUARY - 11 FEBRUARY

ADELAIDE FRINGE

16TH FEBRUARY - 18 MARCH

CAMBRIDGE JUNCTION

10 MAY

THEATRE ROYAL PORTSMOUTH

17 MAY

PRAGUE FRINGE, DIVADLO KAMPA

29 MAY - 2 JUNE

MILL ARTS CENTRE, BANBURY

22 JUNE

derby theatre, derby 

21 july 

the other room, cardiff

3-6 october

slunglow hub, leeds

7 october

2019 dates processing