Morale is High ( Since We Gave Up Hope )

Morale is High image by Powder Keg

Dates and Times

Wed 25 - Thu 26 Jan at 7.15pm

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Ticket information

£12 / 10 (conc)

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Presented by Powder Keg


Theatrical soothsaying, storytelling through a crystal ball – basically we saw the future and OH BOY do we have some stuff to tell you!

Morale is High (Since we gave up Hope) is a performance that seeks to predict what will happen between now and the next general election in 2020. Throughout the show, intertwining narratives explore the effects of popular culture, political policy and inane day-to-day actions on who we choose to vote for.

A theatre-meets-gig that smashes pop and politics in some space age futuristic Hadron-collider to create an ongoing evaluation of our political climate.

The debut show from Hodgkiss Award winning Powder Keg, a bunch of best mates who make fast paced, experiential, anarchic performances.  Morale is High ( Since we gave up Hope) has been developed with the help of Theatre Delicatessen in Sheffield and the kindness of Partisan Collective.


“A piece of sophisticated if appropriately provisional thinking” Exeunt

“[A] constantly engaging whirlwind of a show… theatrical magic” The Reviews Hub

“An engaging show by a talented company with a powerful message” QuietManDave

” A heartfelt piece that, in form as well as narrative, dramatises the contradictions of caring in a globally connected world.” British Theatre Guide

Morale is High is not a call to arms, is not a command, but a suggestion, that whatever we believe, whatever might be filling us with fear, the best solution might, just might be to think about where we stand, and who we stand with and out from” James Varney

Featured in The Stage‘s Critics Picks column wc 16 January.

Audience feedback

“A brilliant, moving and funny piece of work”

“It’s rare to find a show that makes you laugh, while also thinking “fuck, this shit could actually happen”. @PowderKeg_ achieved that.”

“Just watched @PowderKeg_ ‘Morale is High’. Best thing I have watched this year. It’s so so so so so so brilliant. Smart, funny, good.”

“Lucky to see preview of @PowderKeg_’s new show. Charming, engaging, charismatic, reflective. Brilliantly captures The Current Mood. Go see.”

#Moraleishigh was hilarious and heart-breaking. Ross for PM 2020. @powderkeg_

“Morale is High by @PowderKeg_ is a brilliant clash of personal and state politics and frighteningly accurate.”

“Theatre Anarchists”

About the company

Powder Keg are a Manchester-based theatre company who formed in 2013. We tell stories and transform spaces, creating pieces to engage and challenge audiences. We have created work for many places, including a pub cellar, a field in Manchester, and a shopping trolley. We use a process of consensus decision-making to create and develop our pieces, which gives us the freedom to apply individually held skills to each aspect of whatever piece we are working on. We challenge ourselves and our practice to consistently push ourselves out of our theatrical comfort zone. 


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