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Mecanoo's HOME Theatre attacked in axe rampage

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Turner Prize-winning artist Douglas Gordon will need to cough up for repairs after he took an axe to the concrete walls of Mecanoo’s new £25m HOME theatre in Manchester

The recently opened theatre, which was featured in the AJ’s pages only last week (AJ 10.07.15), is currently showcasing Gordon’s new play Neck of the Woods - part of the Manchester International Festival.

However, according to reports, artist-turned director Gordon saw red after the play was given scathing reviews by theatre critics who described the play based on fairytale Red Riding Hood as a ‘vanity project’ and ‘all style and no fangs’.

After the performance of the play on Saturday night (11 July) Gordon took one of the many axes which are used as stage props to take a chunk of concrete out of the walls before drawing the outline of a wolf’s paw around it and signing the graffiti image.

The action has been condemned by organisers of the festival as ‘totally inappropriate’.

Spokesperson for the Manchester International Festival Alex Poots said: ‘We understand that one of our artists acted in a wholly inappropriate way after the opening of Neck of the Woods, causing slight damage to the fabric of Home’s new building. This is totally unacceptable and the artist involved will be paying for repairs. MIF and the artist have contacted staff who were present and our co-commissioning partners at Home to apologise.

‘MIF is an artist-led festival. We support artists to make ambitious new work. We do not support or condone reckless, inappropriate or intimidating behaviour and will work with our co-commissioning partners and artistic and producing teams to ensure that this doesn’t happen again.’

The costs of repairs are currently unknown.

Damage to Mecanoo's HOME in Manchester by artist Douglas Gordon (July 2015)

Source: BBC

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