A game of strategy comes to life, as human chess pieces invade Manchester City Centre in a new kind of powerplay: turning the tables on the traditional order
Following 2018’s Shadow Girl — the city streets, Gambit reunites Proud & Loud Arts with Word of Warning in a city centre takeover — this time questioning the nature of power, and who is playing who…
A gambit (from ancient Italian gambetto, the act of tripping someone with the leg to make them fall) is a chess opening in which a player makes sacrifices to achieve a subsequent positional advantage.
The word “gambit” is also sometimes used to describe similar tactics used by people in a struggle with rivals, for example “The early election was a risky gambit by Theresa May”.
FREE: aimed for you to encounter by chance in the city streets.
Time: Saturday 20 August 2022, between 12noon and 4pm (timings tbc).
Location: St Ann’s Square + environs, Manchester City Centre, M2 7HQ
You might also just catch a glimpse if you happen to be around MMU Birley Campus in Hulme on Tuesday 16 August, or in Media City at Salford Quays on Thursday 18 August!
Age Advisory: parental/guardian discretion.
Features: choreographed movement + playful intervention; no spoken language.
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Performers: Alex Sadiki, Ben Moore, Chloe Kerr, Chrissy Jones, Daniel Ramscar, Danielle Maycox, Daryll Duncan, Janet Charlesworth, Kelly Hoye, Laura May Brunk, Michael Gleave, Nick Prince, Phillip Breadney, Poppy Maguire, Rhea Holmes, Sean Christie, Toby Taylor, Valeraia Lukianets
Director: Tom Hogan
Lead Artist: Susan Swanton
Access Coordinator: Jenny Battle
Engagement & Social Media: Imogen Barton-Wells
Costume: Nerissa Cargill Thompson
Support Workers: Dan Nolan, Martin Sleight
Stewarding Team: Alison Whitehead, Amelia Ellis, Catherine Shaw, Jake Lewis, Nadia Bennett, Sam Dixon, Sam Stockdale
A hÅb Hazard commission; co-produced with Word of Warning.
With special thanks to: Cross Street Chapel, HOME, Manchester Metropolitan University, MediaCity, Royal Exchange Theatre, Salford City Council, The Arden School of Theatre, University of Salford.