Stacy Makishi

The Comforter

Presented by The Lowry + Word of Warning as a WTF Wednesday

In Brief

Join Stacy Makishi to explore — through meditation, ritual, and disco — what it means to be fully alive and fully human.

Read interviews with Stacy about The Comforter in Gay Community News + The Stage

Venue + Booking Details

Please note there are currently (as of Mon 12 Nov) no tickets available for The Comforter — please check back with The Lowry for returns on Fri 16 Nov at 10am.
Date: Wednesday 21 November 2018, 7pm
Venue: The Lowry (Aldridge Studio), Pier 8, Salford Quays, M50 3AZ
Tickets: available to reserve from Friday 26 October, Pay What You Decide in person on the evening. Please note the WTF Wednesday ticketing policy below.
Box Office Tel: 0161 876 2000 (The Lowry)
WTF ticket offer: immediately after The Comforter ends, see Not I by Touretteshero in The Lowry’s Quays Theatre for just £10 using promo code “wtfwednesday”.

Access Information

Age advisory: 16+. With no interval, the show lasts approximately 70 minutes and will be BSL interpreted. Features a combination of spoken text, film + music. For specific age + access information please email or call 0161 232 6086.


Part ritual; part prayer; part rowdy revivalist rally — The Comforter sees Stacy Makishi return with a follow-up to 2015’s Vesper Time, in a rite of passage that reclaims spirituality and proposes a new perspective on church.

The Comforter wishes to comfort and to confound… to make a sacred space for disco, divine, party and paradox. — Stacy Makishi

Exchanging psalms and sacrament for 80s/90s pop culture, and drawing inspiration from Twin Peaks and Ingmar Bergman, Stacy throws a kiss to George Michael…

Following Vesper Time, The Comforter is show two in her trilogy about the Holy Trinity — and, as the Holy Ghost of the trio, asks the question: ‘What am I unwilling to feel?’

Who is she?

A multi-award winning artist who has been making work for over 30 years, Stacy Makishi is a transplant from Hawaii who found paradise in Dalston, East London in 1994.

After graduating from the University of Hawaii she worked as a stand-up comic at the Comedy Store: but when her punchlines punched back, Stacy found herself happiest when making what New Yorkers called ‘Performance’.

Her present body of work is interdisciplinary in scope and includes live art, film, installation and visual art. Her work is as complex as it is accessible; humorous as it is challenging; visual as it is literate.

A workshop leader and mentor of international renown, Stacy Makishi opens her making processes to the public through workshops, open rehearsals and talks, alongside performances. (NB. on Tuesday 20 November Divergency hosts her live art workshop Killing Time for artists of colour.)

She has been awarded an ICA Attached Artist Award, a Millennium Fellowship Award, a Live Art Development Agency One to One Bursary, an Artsadmin Bursary, and the Franklin Furnace Award.

What people have said about her

…a gorgeous hymn …for fearlessness, truth and love.
Exeunt, on Vesper Time
…charismatically witty yet painful and honest…
Total Theatre, on Vesper Time


Co-commissioned by The Yard Theatre, Marlborough Theatre, Norwich Arts Centre + Colchester Arts Centre. Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. Produced by Artsadmin.

Websites | Stacy Makishi on Facebook | Facebook event | @stacymakishi | @artsadm

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 2018

Please note all events are Pay What You Decide
Sat 6 Oct, 12noon-10pm. PWYD | Z-arts
Emergency 2018
Wed 10 Oct, 8pm. PWYD | The Lowry
One Last Dance — An Chéad Damhsa
Wed 21 Nov, 7pm. PWYD | The Lowry
The Comforter