Manchester International Festival (MIF) has long attracted some of the biggest names in the arts sectors. Now, acclaimed singer and songwriter Nick Cave joins the cast of one of the MIF’s most experimental projects: Dream.

Taking place online from Friday 12 until Saturday 20 March, with times ranging from 10am-2am to allow the production to be enjoyed across the globe, Dream is the culmination of a major collaborative research project: Audience of the Future. Attendees of 2019’s MIF might remember the project as the force behind Skepta’s mixed reality rave: DYSTOPIA987.

Dream is a joint effort between the MIF and the Royal Shakespeare Company, Marshmallow Laser Feast and the Philharmonia Orchestra, and combines theatre, music and cutting-edge motion capture technology. Cave will play the ‘Voice of the Forest’, a mystical character whose voice guides the audience as they explore the virtual world of the midsummer forest.

“Music is an integral part of the Dream experience and we’re thrilled that Nick Cave’s voice will sit alongside the Philharmonia’s living, dynamic score,” said Jane Beese, Head of Music at Manchester International Festival. “With his mystical voice and dark vocal tones, Cave is the perfect person to represent the forest helping audiences traverse the otherworldly land of Dream.”

The performance is FREE to watch, or audiences can purchase a ticket for £10 to participate in the production. Book your ticket here: Please see the full performance schedule below.

Friday 12 March – 11am (performance times all GMT)
Saturday 13 March – 8pm
Sunday 14 March – 6pm
Tuesday 16 March – 7pm
Wednesday 17 March – 2am
Thursday 18 March – 10am
Thursday 18 March – 7pm
Friday 19 March – 1pm
Saturday 20 March – 10am
Saturday 20 March – 8pm

Fri 12 Mar - Sat 20 Mar, Various Times, MIF, Free - £10
Polly Riggs
Published on:
Fri 5 Mar 2021