IN YER FACE creates short, sharp, unforgettable theatre for, and with, young people. Based in Manchester UK the company focusses on education, prison and community audiences with work that explores well known stories in unexpected guises. Unflinching and uncompromising but with a strong Christian ethos, In Yer Face’s work has combined theatre with film, music with dance, script with poetry, narrative with illustration.
Formed in 1996, today the company is led by Matthew Britton and Emily Lawson, and is part of The Message Trust. Since its inception, In Yer Face has performed live to hundreds of thousands of young people, with a larger reach through radio and television appearances.
In addition to two annual touring productions, the company also runs applied drama and theatre skills workshops in high schools, prisons, churches and community settings. The company has also performed at large public venues such as the Palace Theatre, the Lowry, the o2 Apollo Manchester and the Imperial War Museum North, and are summer festival favourites.
Often darkly funny, sometimes emotional and always in-yer-face, the company attracts audiences with little previous experience of faith and the arts.
In Yer Face produces unflinching theatre concerned with real lives, human hearts and transformation. As a Christian theatre company, our approach is to always start with our faith and ask, ‘How does the Christian story fit in with the doubts, issues and mess of today’s stories?’
Our Company is made up of committed Christians who believe everybody has the right to realise their own God-given potential. Our work is primarily concerned with empowering and inspiring young people.
We don’t believe in indoctrination; we are not here to twist anyone’s arm on issues of belief. And though our worldview is unshakeably Christian, our work is accessible to all.
Your experience of our work is very important to us and we always welcome your thoughts – before, during or after our visit.