The Transports: A Tale of Exile and Migration at The Dancehouse @ The Dancehouse Theatre, Manchester [13 January]

The Transports: A Tale of Exile and Migration at The Dancehouse

19:30 - 23:00

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The Dancehouse Theatre
10 Oxford Road, M1 5QA Manchester, United Kingdom

★★★★★ “Stunning…truly a transport of delight” Alfred Hickling, The Guardian

After a sell-out tour in 2017, The Transports tours Britain again in January 2018 – and we’re delighted to bring the show to Manchester.

The Transports tells the incredible tale of families destroyed by poverty and crime, but resurrected by exile to Australia in the 1780s. With fresh script and musical arrangement, these famous songs by Peter Bellamy re-emerge within a modern context of mass migration. The stellar line-up of musicians includes The Young'uns, Faustus, Nancy Kerr, Rachael McShane and Greg Russell Music.

Storyteller Matthew Crampton presents fresh narration for the show, amplifying its central tale into a broader exploration of exile and migration. New musical arrangements have come from Paul Sartin of Bellowhead and Faustus.

The Parallel Lives project links The Transports with stories of migration past and present – charting town by town across Britain the way people have left, and people have arrived, in search of better lives. In Manchester we’re delighted to be partnering with Greater Manchester Immigration Aid Unit. They’ll be there on the night to tell people about their work.

Mass migration is a defining dilemma of today. There’s seldom been a more vital moment to bring back The Transports – not just a great music experience, but a sharp reminder of folk music’s power in portraying the way the world actually works.

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★★★★ “an ensemble success….ten voices uniting in magnificently lusty, rousing chorus” Rob Adams, The Herald

“Truly stunning ensemble singing and individual instrumental virtuosity” Chris Kenny, Songlines

“Superb...the best piece of work I have seen in a very long time” — John Tams

“The Transports is truly magnificent” — Ian Croft, RnR Magazine

“Outstanding” — Nigel Schofield, Living Tradition

“Thought provoking, beautifully performed, hopeful, educational, inspirational — a triumph” — Natalya Catton Wilson, EDS Magazine

“One of the best stage performances in a very long time” — Alex Gallagher, Folk Radio UK

“Moving and compelling” — Keith Savage, Arts Beat

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