Two Destination Language

Declining Solo

Presented by The Lowry + Word of Warning as part of WTF

In Brief

One woman’s memories of the home where she grew up. Populated by stories of communism, war, merriment and family, she shapes a world from paper and picture as she seeks the father she has lost.

Watch their insight into making the show.

Now that it’s over, read reviews by Frankly My Dear + The Reviews Hub.

Venue + Booking Details

Date: Wednesday 8 November 2017, 8pm
Venue: The Lowry (Aldridge Studio), Pier 8, Salford Quays, M50 3AZ
Tickets: available to reserve from Fri 13 Oct, Pay What You Decide in person on the evening. Please note the WTF Wednesday ticketing policy below.
Box Office Tel: 0843 208 6000 (The Lowry)

Access Information

Age advisory: 14+ (parental/guardian discretion). With no interval, the show lasts approximately 65 minutes. English spoken word, movement, video + music. For specific age + access information please email or call 0161 232 6086.


We are all ageing. As I write this, and as you read it. Time passes.

A woman returns to visit her childhood home and misses the one thing she values most: the father she remembers.

Declining Solo is about the relationship between a father and daughter, between a person and their culture. It’s about migration and home, and what it means to belong in a place. It’s about who we are.

Memories, folklore, political turmoil and family history combine in a celebration of life and our shared stories.

It’s in a place where there’s singing and dancing and eating and drinking and being merry, of friendships and familial links as the core of communities.
It’s in a place where the summer smells of sun, and the winter smells of burning coal.
I think if I piece it back together somehow…
If the vase has been broken and I put back the pieces, it can get better.

Who are they

Two Destination Language make contemporary performance that’s beautiful, arresting and accessible; sometimes it’s called theatre, sometimes live art, sometimes dance theatre — Word of Warning most recently presented their Brexit-triggered Manpower in 2016 and heartfelt Near Gone in 2014.

Led by artists Katherina Radeva and Alister Lownie, their work explores questions of identity, belonging and culture; as a Bulgarian and a Scot working together, they use their own histories and experiences to explore these ideas.

UK-based, they are currently resident Company at Salisbury Arts Centre and supported artists at The Point, Eastleigh.

What people have said about them

A beautiful, brave piece of work steeped in memories and nostalgia.
Cheryl Pierce, Quarterhouse Folkestone, on Declining Solo
Complex, tender work … uses all the senses to draw us in.
Audience Feedback for Declining Solo
★★★★★ …great beauty, sensitivity and humour…
Broadway Baby on Near Gone

Declining Solo in Salford was previewed by Frankly My Dear, Manchester Evening News + Manchester Wire.


Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. Research + development has been made possible by funding from Dance4, with residencies hosted by ARC Stockton, Quarterhouse, SPAM!, Salisbury Arts Centre + The Point, Eastleigh.

Websites | @2destlang | 2destlang on Facebook | WTF

WTF Wednesday ticketing policy at The Lowry

As this is a Pay What You Decide event, we know some people who book tickets won’t turn up on the night so we send out more tickets than there are places. We do our best to get the numbers right but we advise you arrive early to ensure you get a seat! We don’t often have to disappoint people but if we can’t fit you in we will try to offer you tickets to another show in The Lowry that night.

Performance Programme Autumn/Winter 2017

Please note all events are Pay What You Decide
Wed 27 Sep, 8pm. PWYD | The Lowry
Sat 30 Sep, 12noon-10pm. PWYD | Z-arts
Emergency 2017
Thu 19 Oct, 7.30pm. PWYD | STUN Studio
Windows of Displacement
Wed 8 Nov, 8pm. PWYD | The Lowry
Declining Solo
(Fri 10 Nov, 8pm sold-out) + 9.30pm;
(Sat 11 Nov, 6pm + 8pm both sold-out).
| Adelphi Court, Salford, M3 6HU
Rent Party: Domestic Edition