Hot on the heels of our first exciting announcement of the week, here comes another…

We’re were thrilled to be at the launch of the incredible Manchester International Festival yesterday, where our co-production for the Festival was announced.

We’re working with former Beautiful South and Housemartins frontman Paul Heaton and playwright Che Walker on THE 8TH,  an epic narrative linked song cycle that we’ve co-commissioned and will co-produce with MIF.

Victim of an overdose or recipient of bullet
Just the harvest of the finger or the wrist
It’s the needle or the trigger, the 8th could push or pull it
As long as folk believe that he exists.

Paul is one of Manchester’s greatest songwriters and we’re hugely excited to be working with him to present his new work in a unique live show, with a book by razor sharp wordsmith Che (Been So Long, The Frontline, Lovesong) and direction by our Joint Artistic Director George.

The 8th will feature a cast of performers from across musical genres who all join Paul and his band in the Pavilion Theatre for three very special performances as part of the Manchester International Festival. Stay tuned to the blog for news of those very special guests in the coming months.

Alongside us on the sensational MIF line-up are Bjork, Damon Albarn, Snoop Dogg and a whole lot more. Smokin.

The MIF launch yesterday as captured by Tara's iPhone