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You said I could ask you anything, I wanted to know everything.

Use a smartphone to find audio recordings of secrets and intimate moments hidden around the streets of Manchester, set to a score by Martyn Ware of The Human League and Heaven 17 fame.

Too Much Information is an audio walk around the streets of Manchester, based on a series of frank and funny conversations between two groups of people at very different stages of their lives – a group of young adults and a group of over 60s.

Posing some seemingly awkward questions, Blast Theory Artist Ju Row Farr and Associate Artist Niki Woods worked over a series of 3 intensive workshops with two groups at the Royal Exchange Theatre. The two groups had never met and under normal situations, would be highly unlikely to have such personal conversations with each other.

Too Much Information explores our expectations of young and old people, it looks at different life experiences and what we can enjoy and learn from each other from different points in our lives.  As you walked around the centre of Manchester these shared revelations were set to specially commissioned sound score by Martyn Ware.

This is the second piece of work Blast Theory created in partnership with the Royal Exchange Theatre, following on from 2013’s My Neck Of The Woods.


Too Much Information was created in partnership with the Royal Exchange Theatre’s Truth About Youth programme, supported by the Co-operative Foundation.  With a specially composed score by Martyn Ware, it was presented as part of FutureEverything 2015.

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