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ISF Research Informs New Drama: The Commuters


In a world where emails & social media follow us around on our phones, is the digital world we live in, changing the way we work? How do we measure success? Money in the bank? Time on our hands? Smiles?

Follow a group of friends, constantly hired and fired, stuck in the void between their bank balances and their diminishing social lives. As they battle against nightmare bosses, ill-fitting suits and their social media history, will they ever find the illusive ‘Work-Life Balance’? Does it even exist?

Using the words of real people, dynamic choreography and projection, The Commuters asks us all the question: do we live to work, or work to live?

Following Arts Council England supported research and development of ‘The Profession’ in early 2017, The Knotted Project were inspired to create: ‘The Commuters’.

‘The Commuters’ is a brand new physical theatre show, supported by Arts Council England,  The Grand Theatre Blackpool,  The Lowry and Institute for Social Futures and will be touring the North of England in Autumn 2018.

The piece has been informed by research on friendship and work undertaken by Astrid Nordin (ISF) and Graham Smith (University of Leeds).

More about The Knotted Project:

The Knotted Project is physical theatre company based in North West England established & directed by Simon McElligott & Natalie Morrell.

Simon and Natalie were driven to make their own theatre with a unique identity. Since 2013, they have built a fantastic network & gained a strong reputation for delivering original, innovative theatre with a unique style & inimitable sense of humour in the North of England. Collaboration is a huge part of what they do & they connect with leading artists & venues in the North West. They have been funded by Arts Council England on a number of projects, including International Residencies & UK Tours.

The Knotted Project also pride themselves on delivering the highest quality creative learning activities. They are passionate about this work & firmly believe in the importance of creative education & freedom of expression for the future.


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