Two Destination Language present World-premiere of Manpower 6 Feb at ICIA

A man at work, a man playing, a man playing at being a man

The world-premiere of Manpower will be the opening performance for ICIA’s new spring season in the University of Bath’s new Arts and Management building on the 6th February, 7.30pm.  A national tour is planned in Autumn 2015.

Manpower is the new show from 2014 Total Theatre Award winners Two Destination Language, celebrating everyday maleness as they reflect on their own experience of being and knowing men.

Alister has a building project, and Kat’s not sure about it. They’ve been thinking about men and power: Bruce, Clint, sheds and tea, heavy responsibility and mouth-watering barbecues. Audiences will laugh, wince and find themselves thinking of men they’ve known, loved, hated and wanted to be as Two Destination Language uncover what it means to be a man. The whole work is soundtracked by brilliant music that everyone recognises from someone’s Dad’s vinyl collection.

Two Destination Language is the collaborative performance practice of Alister Lownie and Katherina Radeva. Their projects vary from theatre pieces to site specific experiences and socially engaged projects with strong participatory or interactive elements. The duo’s work ranges from intimate one-on-ones through interactive installations to theatre performances. Community, identity and memory are the ideas which percolate all Two Destination Language work: an interest in boundaries and otherness, belonging and personal history. For the artists, community is a corollary of performative work, and it is a pleasure to share in its exploration. Interculturalism is also important to both artists; Alister’s Scottish heritage and Katherina’s Bulgarian background give them an interest in how cultures interact and develop.

Tickets are £10 or £8 for concessions. They can be purchased online or by calling the ICIA Box Office 01225 386777


Two Destination Language

World Premiere

Fri 6 Feb, 7.30pm
Weston Studio, Arts and Management building, University of Bath, Claverton Down, Bath, BA2 7AY
£10, £8 Concs & UoB Staff, £6 UoB Student
Box Office: 01225 386777
Manpower is the world premiere from Total Theatre award winners Two Destination Language, a celebration of everyday maleness. Prepare to laugh, wince and find yourself thinking of men you’ve known, loved, hated and wanted to be as Two Destination Language uncover what it means to be a man.



Manpower is commissioned by ICIA University of Bath with Salisbury Arts Centre. The development of the piece was supported by Arts Council England; The Point, Eastleigh; The Kevin Spacey Foundation; New Wolsey Theatre; Battersea Arts Centre and Bristol Old Vic Ferment.

The company are resident artists at Salisbury Arts Centre; they produce and curate FLINT microfest events to bring contemporary performance to audiences who don’t otherwise get to experience it. Their previous work, Near Gone, won a 2014 Total Theatre Award and 2013 Pulse Ipswich Suitcase Prize.

Further Information about Two Destination Language can be found at:

Twitter: @2destlang

Event Hashtag: #Manpower

Image: Copyright Manpower-@-Salisbury-Arts-Centre-c-Alex-Brenner


For further information, pictures and interviews, contact:

Helen Fripp 07753 610066 or

Rachel Potter 01225 384848

About ICIA

We bring new, exciting and thought-provoking dance, music, theatre and visual arts of regional and national importance, right to your doorstep in Bath.

ICIA is a contemporary arts organisation, part of the University of Bath. At ICIA audiences from across the region can come together with artists, scholars and students to encounter, debate, challenge and explore contemporary ideas.

As well as commissioning, we also select and present new and exciting touring work and we also offer a range of classes and workshops with highly skilled tutors, all open to the general public alongside our student community.

The university’s new Arts and Management Building will be our new home in 2015.  We look forward to welcoming you.

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