The award-winning cult hit of the Edinburgh Fringe is bouncing back.
It’s 1989. Manchester. 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… Remember it?
Because we don’t. We weren’t even born. But Ian was. And Ian does remember. We’ve got f*ck all now (Ian tells us). So, we’re going back to 1989. We’re gonna neck a brown biscuit. We’re gonna get off our peanuts. We’re gonna 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.
Using anecdotes from their 46 year old friend Ian about the glory days, IBWMB naively and hysterically attempt to recreate the party: a messy, multimedia mish-mash of clowning, dance routines and lip-syncing. Scored by Ian’s favourite tracks from the era.
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"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
"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