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Friday 27 January 2023

Matchstalks Remastered (work-in-progress)

Kevin Egan and Michael Pinchbeck


Egan & Pinchbeck apply their original approach of devising contemporary performance from musical stimuli to the 1978 hit, ‘Matchstalk Men and Matchstalk Cats and Dogs’. They translate the track, inspired by the paintings of LS Lowry, into a series of theatrical motifs. Following the song’s structure, the piece is broken down into scenes exploring the visual language of Lowry’s paintings and the song’s lyrical poetry. Egan & Pinchbeck question how painting becomes music, music becomes theatre, people become performers. The project draws on the history of Lowry, with access to Special Collections, Manchester School of Art, where he studied painting.

Presented as part the Future Flares Festival