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Art festival Domestic II gives lease of life to unused Salford tower block

Written by
Edwina McEachran

If you went to Domestic in 2013 you’d have seen a one-woman show set in a shower, an immersive theatre piece in a garage and a whole load of potatoes scattered across a kitchen floor.

Organisers Word of Warning are back with Domestic II later this month, exploring immersive art in a three day site-specific performance event set in a tower block in Salford – Matthias Court is in the middle of being transformed from student accommodation into homes for affordable rent. 

Domestic II explores the intimacy of conversation and the small-scale drama of domestic relationships while playing with the normal constraints of a traditional theatre setting. Poets Cheryl Martin and Louise Wallwein will perform across the three day event as well as 'anti- imperialist, anti-supremacist, anti-capitalist, anti-patriarchy' artist Ria Hartley. Also on the bill are Tin Can People with their immersive performance Audio Caff, which sees a 'traditional English café amplified, reverberated and delayed'. 

Saturday promises to be a hive of activity with a five hour performance window allowing the public to walk in and out freely and experience the building as an innovative host to over ten artists. Joining them is queer and feminist performer Doris La Trine, whose past work has explored her recovery from bulimia though the personification of a toilet called Len.

Doris La Trine

With the unusual setting and some thought-provoking performances, Domestic II seeks to be a weekend of art not to be missed. Due to the nature of immersive and site-specific performances, places for evening events are limited. Daytime events are free and work on a drop-in basis. 

Domestic II, September 24-26th, Matthias Court, Salford, M3 6JD. Tickets for evening events £3-£5

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