If there’s one festival equipped to adapt to the era of online viewing it’s Manipulate. The Edinburgh-based event is dedicated to visual theatre, a catch-all category that incorporates everything from mime to animation. In previous years, I’ve seen Dadaist dance, improvised children’s storytelling and turntable cartoons.
There’s nothing like seeing all this in the same room as the performer, but at least lockdown has given those performers a chance to extend their visual thinking. On the strength of this year’s opening weekend, the work remains rooted in theatre, but shows tantalising signs of artists exploring the possibilities of the screen. [READ MORE]