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Dido’s Bar in Manchester

by Dash Arts

11—12 October 2022

7.30pm - 9.50pm

Doors open at 6.30pm

Sonata Piano and Cabaret Lounge, St Ann’s Alley, Manchester, M2 6AJ View on Google Maps ›

Tickets are £15 + booking fee

Set in a music club teetering on the edge of belonging, Dido’s Bar is a new immersive theatre production premiering this autumn. Nightly, divine bar managers Juno and Venus welcome world-class artists onto their stage and around their performances, the drama unfolds.

Dido’s Bar is an epic retelling of Virgil’s Aeneid, created and performed by a multilingual international ensemble of actors and musicians, bringing to life the classic myth of migration, love and assimilation through the eyes of refugees today.

The work is inspired by director Josephine Burton’s encounter with Kurdish Iranian refugee and now Finnish resident, composer Marouf Majidi, and is written by Hattie Naylor.

Dido’s Bar is opening in London’s historic Royal Docks before touring to Manchester, Leicester, Portsmouth and Oxford.


Dido’s Bar is produced by Dash Arts with imPOSSIBLE Producing.

Dido’s Bar is co-produced in the UK with the Royal Docks Team, OCM (Oxford Contemporary Music), and Journeys Festival International and co-commissioned by OCM, with additional support from Arts Council England, Backstage Trust, The Foyle Foundation, Projekt, Cockayne – Grants for the Arts, The London Community Foundation, Genesis Foundation, Finnish Institute in the UK and Ireland, The Marchus Trust, TINFO – Theatre Info Finland, Austin and Hope Pilkington, Royal Victoria Hall Foundation, The Leche Trust and individual donors.


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