Did you think it would be easy? Did you think it would be fair? Silent battles of power drive a politically complex commentary on England’s working men over the last 40 years as a British man and an Eastern European woman share the stage. Music, wood and vinyl create a picture of England today and how it came to this.

Total Theatre Award winners Two Destination Language take you on a romp through men, expectations, work and economics in the years since Britain voted to be a part of Europe.

“A truly wonderful piece which I am sure I will remember for years to come. That is the point of the arts – to make people think. Thank you.”
audience member, London



Devised and performed Alister Lownie and Katherina Radeva
Dramaturgy Ben Francombe
Production Manager Helen Mugridge
Lighting design Vince Field
Thanks to Richard Owen, Cheryl Pierce, Caroline Steele and Tanya Steinhauser

Manpower is an ICIA University of Bath commission with Salisbury Arts Centre. The development of Manpower was supported by Arts Council England, the Kevin Spacey Foundation, University of ChichesterThe Point EastleighThe New Wolsey Theatre, Bristol Old Vic Ferment and BAC.

Performance History


  • Bristol Ferment, 23rd January 2014
  • BAC Scratch, 1st February 2014
  • New Wolsey Studio, 28 September 2014
  • Salisbury Arts Centre, 3 October 2014
  • Showroom, Chichester, 22 January 2015


  • World Premiere: ICIA University of Bath, 6 February 2015
  • derelict, Media Factory, Preston, 28 October 2015
  • Arts Centre at Edge Hill University, Ormskirk, 29 October 2015
  • The House, Plymouth, 17 February 2016
  • The Lowry, Salford Quays, 10 November 2016
  • Colchester Arts Centre, 16 November 2016
  • Theatre Royal Winchester, 20 November 2016
  • Jacksons Lane, London, 24-25 November 2016
  • Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury 29 November 2016
  • South Street Reading, 8 December 2016
  • Ageas Salisbury International Arts Festival, 8 June 2017
  • ARC Stockton, 12 October 2017
  • Slung Low Hub, Leeds, 15 October 2017

Kat and Alister in Manpower