Made in China | Almeida Festival, 2013
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Made In China

Gym Party

By Made In China with Christopher Brett Bailey and Ira Brand
Fri 12 Jul 2013 - Sat 13 Jul 2013

"These are the brains of Those Who Have Passed. Those who could not keep up. Those who lost, the disqualified, the eliminated-from-heats, group stages and knockout rounds. The dead: the dead-to-us-now."
Amidst the litter of brains of Those Who Have Passed, Jess, Chris and Ira vie for success. At once a delicate and violent three-way contest and a hilariously confused call-to-arms. Gym Party will explore the psychology of winning and the nature of pride: the desire to be and get the most, in all its triumphant and ugly incarnations.

"Not since Forced Entertainment burst on to the scene almost 30 years ago has a company arrived with such a fully formed and distinctive voice."
Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

Commissioned by Battersea Arts Centre, Sprint, Sampled, Mayfest and Pulse. With support from the National Theatre Studio and the Almeida Festival 2013


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Tim and Jess from Made In China introduce Gym Party

Made In China talk about the impetus behind the show

On competition

 Made In China try to sum up their work in five words

Made In China talk about their piece We Hope You're Happy (Why Would We Lie?) which debuted at the Battersea Arts Centre in 2012.


What the press have said about Made In China's work

Get Stuff Break Free:
"Very interesting and timely...makes a real mark."
Time Out

“Genuinely suggestive and leaves a flavour of quizzical dissent …true theatricality.”
The Observer

We Hope That You’re Happy (Why Would We Lie?):
“Craftily unsettling…moments of ferocious eloquence…the performances were impressively committed.”
Evening Standard

“Admirably fierce, thanks to Tim Cowbury’s punchy, poetic text and the awesome – not to mention stomach-churning – commitment of its two performers…50 minute pocket rocket.”
Time Out

Stationary Excess:
“Quirky, funny…surreal and entertaining.”
The Scotsman

“A powerful parable on romantic heroism and endurance…a memorable feat.”
The Stage


“We make shows at the juncture of theatre and live art, for audiences who are fans of neither and both. We want to help break down what we see as unhelpful borders: between this genre and that, this type of audience member and that. We want to surprise and excite audiences, not serve up to them whatever they're used to. The Almeida is a totally new kind of environment for us to perform in, and the festival is a great opportunity to do what we want to do with our shows. We're also aiming to reinvent and scale up what we do this year. The platform and support of the Almeida festival is helping to make this happen.” Made In China

Made In China is the collaborative work of Tim Cowbury and Jessica Latowicki. We make visceral work at the juncture of live art and playwriting, for audiences who are fans of neither and both. Our work has been seen across the UK and beyond. Our last show, Get Stuff Break Free was a National Theatre Commission.



Ira Brand
Deviser and Performer

Ira is a writer and performance-maker, working across theatre and live art. Her solo show Keine Angst toured the UK in 2011-12 and her solo show A Cure For Ageing will is premiering at Forest Fringe, Edinburgh this August. Ira was a founding member of contemporary performance group Tinned Fingers, and has collaborated with People Show, Living Structures, Kings of England and Andy Field. Her work has been presented at Camden People’s Theatre, The Junction, The ShowRoom and the SPILL Festival National Platform. In 2012 she was supported by Escalator Performing Arts. Ira also works as an Associate Producer for Forest Fringe.

Christopher Brett Bailey
Deviser and Performer

Christopher is a performer, writer and theatre-maker. As a performer, credits include BBC, BAC, National Theatre and collaborations with Andy Field (BAC, The Arches), Upsticks Theatre (BAC, The Yard) and the late Ken Campbell (Unicorn Theatre). Christopher is the author of The Inconsiderate Aberrations of Billy the Kid which collected rave reviews and a ThreeWeeks Editor's Choice Award during its runs at Edinburgh Fringe 2009 and 2010.  Previous work with Made In China includes We Hope That You're Happy (Why Would We Lie?) (performer and co-creator) and Get Stuff Break Free (performer and dramaturg). Christopher is a graduate of East 15 Acting School's Contemporary Theatre course and has an MA in Writing for Performance from Goldsmiths.

Tim Cowbury
Made In China

Tim is a playwright and writer-deviser for performance. He co-founded Made In China in 2009. His plays have been staged at Soho Theatre, Bush Theatre, The Old Vic, Public Theater (New York), New Wolsey Theatre and Tristan Bates Theatre. He has recently collaborated with ThickSkin (BAC), Barnaby Stone (National Theatre Studio) and Full Flight. He is a graduate of the Royal Court Theatre’s invitation writers group, and a member of Soho Theatre’s Hub writers’ network and the Old Vic New Voices club. Tim has an MA (Distinction) in Writing for Performance at Goldsmiths University, for which he was awarded an Arts and Humanities Research Council scholarship.

Jessica Latowicki
Made In China

Jessica Latowicki is a Polish American live artist, writer and performer originally from New York City. She co-founded Made In China in 2009. Her work has been seen at Fierce Festival, CPT, The Junction, Forest Fringe, The Gate, BAC, ICA and Shunt. She has collaborated with Uninvited Guest (John Martin Exhibit, Tate Britain), Bryony Kimmings (Roundhouse) and Louise Mari and Nigel Barrett (Shunt, Forest Fringe).  Her solo show A Faultline is being supported by NT Studio and CPT and will premiere this spring at Sprint Festival. Jessica has a BFA from New York University and an MA in Performance Making from Goldsmiths, University of London.


12 & 13 July at 7.30pm
13 July at 4pm

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Full £15
Concessions & Under 30s* £10
Young Friends of the Almeida £5

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Book a full price ticket for this show and Three Plays in a Bag on 12 or 13 July get both shows for just £20, saving £5.

*Concessions are available to full-time students, over 60s, those claiming Job Seekers Allowance, and Deaf and disabled patrons. Proof of eligibility may be requested.

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