Standard:Elite

Winner: Best New Writing at the Greater Manchester Fringe


There are two types of ticket. Everyone gets a Standard ticket. You have to earn an Elite ticket.

Together, we’re going to tell a story… of a girl from Lowground spun from spider webs, and a boy from Highground carved out of clouds. Standards work to build the story, Elites control which path the story takes. That’s fair, right?

Standard:Elite is a playful, interactive theatre experience about class, privilege, and social mobility that’s accessible and, above all, fun.

There are two types of ticket. There aren’t two types of people.

‘An exciting, bold new piece by Hidden Track – an ambitious and talented group of theatre makers, who explore narrative and audience in intriguing ways.’

John McGrath – Artistic Director, Manchester International Festival

‘An all-round delightful and enlightening experience, the show touches on the darker nature of class systems and social mobility in a way that anyone can grasp, and more importantly enjoy.’

Samantha Williams  The State of the Arts

‘Succeeds at being fantastically entertaining whilst being perfectly apposite. At a time when what divides us is focused on far more than what unites us, the opportunity for discourse on complex and difficult issues should be welcomed with open arms. Bravo Hidden Track.’

Felicity Jackson  Now Then Magazine

‘Perfect theatre for a hung parliament.’

BBC Radio Merseyside

Audience feedback:

‘Funny, silly, brilliant, clever, inventive, quick, and FUN!’

I normally hate audience interaction, but I LOVED this!’

So engaging! Subtle and nuanced, able to tackle big political themes without being too heavy-handed.’

All the audience interaction felt fun and very safe – I like that there was an opt-out option, but I still wanted to get involved!’

Written by Elliot Hughes 
Directed by Anoushka Bonwick
Performed by Sophie MacKenzie & Elliot Hughes 
Sounds by Joe Brownbridge
Design by Irene Jade
Lighting Design by Yvette Sedgley
Operated by Aileen Ging
Produced by Beccy Smith
Artwork by Pencil Bandit   
Dramaturgy by James Varney 
Photography by Joanna Higson
Videography by Jason Crouch
Originally performed with Rachel Creamer

Thanks to Montse Gili, Tassos Stevens, Coney, Theatre Delicatessen, Royal Exchange Theatre, Unity Theatre, Chorlton Arts Festival and Contact.

Produced with support from the National Lottery via Arts Council England.