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  • Taylor Mac - A 24-Decade History of Popular Music: The First Act

    28 June - 30 June


    Explosive, spectacular, heartbreaking … this show is everything

    ★ ★ ★ ★ ★


    Taylor Mac - A 24-Decade History of Popular Music: The First Act


    Taylor Mac

    Barbican Theatre

    Fabulous and fearless, Taylor Mac reframes the social history of America through three decades of song in this no-holds-barred extravaganza of music, art, activism and hugely entertaining mass ritual.


    Joined onstage by a 24-piece orchestra and a host of local special guests, New York’s Mac has created a Pulitzer Prize-nominated, once-in-a-lifetime, immersive performance experience in a quest to chronicle how communities grow stronger as they are being torn apart.


    Charting the years 1776–1806, Mac asks the audience to conspire with him to reimagine rebellions, revolutions, triumphs and tragedies. Bawdy pub songs, sea shanties and subversive anthems are rearranged as musical mash-ups to take on a chapter of the defining early years of America’s history.

    LIFT has a limited number of tickets available, if your preferred performance is sold out please book via the Barbican’s website at barbican.org.uk

    Thu 28 June - Sat 30 June, 7.30pm

    TICKETS £16.00-£60.00

    Limited Availability

    Awake and sing! The church of Taylor Mac has opened its doors. Let the rejoicing begin … Go. Now

    ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    Mercury News, San Francisco

    We were delirious and smitten, sundered and remade … An unutterably brilliant masterwork

    ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    Sydney Morning Herald

    One of the great experiences of my life

    New York Times

    Presented by the Barbican and LIFT 2018

    Creative Team
    Conceived and Co-Directed by Taylor Mac
    Musical Direction by Matt Ray
    Co-Direction by Niegel Smith
    Costumes by Machine Dazzle
    Lighting by John Torres
    Dramaturgy by Jocelyn Clarke
    Produced by Pomegranate Arts and Nature’s Darlings: Linda Brumbach, Executive Producer and Alisa Regas, Associate Producer

    Part of the Barbican’s 2018 Season, The Art of Change, which explores how artists respond to, reflect and can potentially effect change in the social and political landscape. Find out more here.
    Photography by Little Fang and Sarah Walker.