We Are Ian

Date:Thu 10 May
Price:£12.50 (£8 con)

by In Bed With My Brother

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 of the rave movement, In Bed With My Brother 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 back in the day.

Brighton Fringe Award for Excellence, 730 Review Award for Innovation and Form, Charlie Hartill Award, Nominated for a Total Theatre Award 2016.


"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

"A non-stop, creatively crafted, uplifting piece of theatre that has resounding relevance."
★★★★1/2  Reviews Hub

"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

"Theatre is often obsessed with being contemporary: WE ARE IAN marries two generations’ experiences together in a stunning form that’s as relevant as anything you’ll see on stage."
Bristol 24/7

Age: 14+ (drug references, strong language)

Duration: 50 mins

Bar and Box Office open 1 hour before show start time.

All prices shown include booking fees.

Supported by Arts Council England, Bike Shed Theatre Exeter, and Pleasance Futures.