North WestPerformance ArtReview

Sick Festival: Talking About You For Hours – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Matt Forrest

The Sick Festival is up and running in Manchester once again: a celebration of life, death and the struggles and challenges we all face in our day-to-day lives. The programme presents a wide range of artists, speakers and shows with a truly international flavour, as there are close ties to the Dutch Performing Arts team. There is something for everyone: comedy, drama and some rather unique performance pieces.

I had the pleasure of taking part in Talking About You For Hours: a performance piece by American/Dutch student Noah Voelker. I found Voelker located near the coffee shop in The Lowry foyer. He was sat behind a desk with a laptop, a webcam and two microphones. I was invited to take a seat and for the next 15 minutes or so, myself and Voelker engaged in conversation about each other: the type of work we both did, how we found our chosen professions and how we found our surroundings… the sort of getting to know you chit-chat you engage in when on a blind date or a course through work.

When asked who this was being broadcast to, I was told it was being streamed on a live Facebook chat: the piece is part chat show, part podcast: but is mainly a conversation between two strangers. You only get out what you put in and I found Volker to be a charming, polite fellow. It’s difficult to even begin to review this other than a thought provoking and interesting piece that plays on our need for social interaction and how it’s good to talk to someone, be it friend or stranger. If you fancy taking part in this social experiment/performance piece it will be at the Central Library on Wednesday 15th March 1pm-5pm: take part in your own chat show or just meet up with a very interesting young man.

 Next Performance Manchester’s Central Library, 15 March 2017 between 1pm-5pm

Reviewed on 12 March 2017 | Image: Contributed

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