The Economy of Ecology

Travelling on a crowded plane, Steve feels dislocated and alone. In a world of touch screens and social robots, he has lost the ability to make meaningful bonds with other people.

In a forest thousands of miles away, a sapling pokes its head through the leafy forest floor. Beneath the soil, its roots begin to scramble for the one thing that guarantees its survival – a connection.

An urgent and provocative story about human relationships, communications and our impact on the natural world, where the often overlooked can sometimes become the simplest of solutions. 
Blending stunning visuals and imaginative physical storytelling, The Economy of Ecology uncovers the power of human touch and the unexpected links between all things, questioning whether we are a touch deprived culture.

The Economy of Ecology was created with support from and in association with Enable Us at University of Sheffield where Manic Chord Theatre are a resident company.

Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. Originally presented in association with the West Yorkshire Playhouse.

Part of INCOMING Festival, a co-production between A Younger Theatre and New Diorama Theatre in association with HOME.


Founded in 2012, Leeds-based Manic Chord Theatre develops work through multi-disciplinary collaborations, combining physical storytelling, cutting edge research and innovative design to explore its subject matter.


★★★★★ “An unforgettable experience…dazzling theatre, the result is truly brilliant.” EdFringeReview on Don’t Let Go 

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★★★★ “Razor sharp wordplay and balletic physicality.” Exeunt on  After What Comes Before

★★★★ “The company truly comes into its own with stunning design and brilliantly whimsical staging.” Broadway Baby on Don’t’ Let Go
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INCOMING is a festival celebrating the best emerging theatre companies from across the UK, co-curated by A Younger Theatre and New Diorama Theatre. Across 10 days INCOMING showcases 22 companies as well as a series of workshops and discussions. And this year we are delighted to be partnering with HOME in Manchester, to present the festival across the two cities. / @IncomingFest / #IncomingFestival

INCOMING Festival is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and New Diorama Theatre's Emerging Companies Fund.