World Premiere of On The Habit of Being Oneself by Joe Moran / Dance Art Foundation in September

On The Habit of Being Oneself
On The Habit of Being Oneself

On The Habit of Being Oneself

Choreographer Joe Moran and Dance Art Foundation present the World Premiere of On The Habit of Being Oneself in the Lilian Baylis Studio at Sadler’s Wells on Thursday 28 and Friday 29 September. The production is an arresting new work encouraging the audience to pay attention to what dancing does. Moran creates work concerned with dance’s potential as a contemporary art form and has worked extensively in the visual arts, in both in theatres and galleries, and is currently a Sadler’s Wells Summer University artist.

On The Habit of Being Oneself places full-bodied, unmediated dancing under the spotlight. On a stripped back stage, seven dancers perform relentless dancing over 50 minutes inviting audiences into a direct and accumulative performance encounter. Dancers engage in perceptual and conceptual puzzles in ways that problematize or complicate their subjectivities, making visible their thinking and practice of dancing. Whilst the dancing is complex, the relentless single activity unfolding on stage builds through time in a way that quietly and yet insistently provokes the audience’s attention.

The production was created and developed in residence at Delfina Foundation during Moran’s public performance exhibition, Live Creations, with research aided by guests including the sculptor Phyllida Barlow and writer and dramaturge Martin Hargreaves. The production also collaborates with BAFTA-award winning composer Kaffe Matthewsand filmmaker Sam Williams, with costume design by theatre and opera designer Tom Rogers.

A film installation created in collaboration with Sam Williams and Indefinite Article, a new solo, open the evening.Indefinite Article offers a focused, witty and individual counterpoint to the multiple bodies and relentless motion of On The Habit of Being Oneself. The piece is performed by the acclaimed dancer Andrew Harwridge, who has previously collaborated with choreographers Tino Seghal and Boris Charmatz.

Joe Moran, Artistic Director of Dance Art Foundation, said: “My work is informed by a background in experimentation and improvisation that I marry with a fascination with formal choreographic composition and conceptually driven dance. I am interested in the critical significance of dance’s recognition as a contemporary art form, and the knowledge and discourse fostered by dance and its dialogue with other disciplines. Questioning of dancing as a redundant or exhausted medium saw my work explore choreography as a discipline distinct from dance and dancing; in turn, leading to return to dancing within a deconstructive choreographic frame, and choreography as perceptual practice.On The Habit of Being Oneself develops my use of perceptual inquiry as a generative choreographic devise within a frame relentless motion, moving to unmediated dancing as a strategy by which to question dance’s terms and potential.”

Joe Moran is a choreographer, dancer and Artistic Director of Dance Art Foundation, through which his performance and curatorial work is produced. A Dance4 Associate Artist, Sadler’s Wells Summer University artist (2015-18) and Delfina Foundation Associate (2016), He has a wide ranging practice incorporating touring theatre and gallery work, lecture-performance and curatorial projects tackling contemporary propositions in dance, performance and critical thought. Commissions and recent performances include Whitechapel Gallery (2017); New Art Gallery, Walsall (2017); Delfina Foundation (2016); Block Universe /fig-2 at the ICA (2015), the first step in an ambitious collaboration with sculptor Eva Rothschild; David Roberts Art Foundation (Frieze, 2014); Nottingham Contemporary (2014); Assembly (UK tour, 2014); and The Place Prize (2013).  As a dancer, Moran has worked with many distinguished choreographers including Deborah Hay, Siobhan Davies, Florence Peake and Pontus Pettersson. He trained in theatre at Bristol University and in dance and choreography at London Contemporary Dance School.

Produced by Dance Art Foundation and supported by Cockayne – Grants for the Arts, The London Community Foundation, and principal private patron, A summerday. Developed with support from Arts Council England, Delfina Foundation, Sadler’s Wells, The Place and TripSpace Projects. 

Free post-show talk: Thursday 28 September

Press night: Friday 29 September at 8pm

The National Theatre welcomes HOME, Manchester, a new River Stage partner for 2017

Mighty Heart
Mighty Heart

Mighty Heart Theatre

From 4 – 6 August, the National Theatre welcomes HOME, Manchester, a new River Stage partner for 2017.

Bringing the very best Manchester has to offer to London’s South Bank, HOME will bring an array of the finest performers and musicians to the capital.

Walter Meierjohann, Artistic Director: Theatre, HOME, said “Following HOME’s previous collaborations with the National Theatre, we are delighted to have been invited to curate a weekend of this year’s River Stage Festival. We are looking forward to sharing the best HOME and Manchester has to offer, with an eclectic line-up of performers and musicians – this will be the ultimate HOME from home weekend.”

Kevin Jamieson, Senior Producer: Theatre, HOME said: “We’re really excited to bring to London the best HOME and Manchester has to offer, with a line-up of performers, musicians and DJs that all embody the incredibly colourful spirit of the city. We’ll be taking over the National Theatre’s River Stage with comedy, cabaret, theatre and music – expect the unexpected and most of all, expect to have a good time: Manchester is loud, proud, and likes to entertain. Watch this space!”

Sonya Moorhead, Artistic Director, Mr Wilsons Second Liners, added: ” Watch out London, the spirit of Madchester is alive and well and on its way South! Mr. Wilsons Second Liners can’t wait to unleash euphoric anarchy on the River Stage. Children of the 90’s, get your glow sticks and whistles out of the mothballs; we’re going to rally the whole of the South Bank into a hysterical impromptu street rave. “

River Stage Festival returns to London’s South Bank with five free weekends of the best and brightest entertainment from some of the UK’s leading arts and culture organisations. The Glory, HOME, Manchester, WOMAD, Rambert and the National Theatre each ‘take over’ the River Stage for a weekend throughout July and August.

Friday 4 August

Bourgeois & Maurice

6.30pm – 7.30pm

Sequin-clad satirical weirdos Bourgeois & Maurice write songs that stick like bloodstains in your new carpet and dissect current affairs and moral confusion. “It’s hard to think of any other act delivering such clever, funny and sharp material” Time Out

Dave Haslam

7.45pm – 10.45pm

Dave Haslam DJ-ed over 450 times at the Hacienda in Manchester through the late 1980s when his eclectic, open-minded and ground-breaking DJing became a focus for Madchesters indie/dance fraternity.

Saturday 5 August

Mighty Heart Theatre

Saturday 5 August

All day

Creators of work that aims to reflect the world around them, Mighty Heart Theatre are on a mission to see what people think of Manchester & The North, with some other pop up surprises along the way. These words will then be turned into a performanceon Sunday.

Bootworks Theatre

The Jukeboxes

12pm – 1pm

Watch two beautiful 1950s Jukeboxes spring to life as two performers re-create classic pop music videos using props, puppets and a terrible selection of wigs. The kitsch duo bring to life the likes of The Beatles, Sinead O’Connor and Adele. Dance and sing along, whatever your age!

The Beat Chics 

1.30pm – 2.30pm

The Beat Chics believe in two things and two things only. Music from the 1960s and vinyl records. When they head to the River Stage, they’ll be spinning a collection of classic and rare records perfect for an afternoon on the South Bank, including tracks from The Shangri-Las, The Supremes, The Zombies, Lulu and more.

Bootworks Theatre

The Jukeboxes

2.45pm – 3.45pm

Watch two beautiful 1950s Jukeboxes spring to life as two performers re-create classic pop music videos using props, puppets and a terrible selection of wigs. The kitsch duo bring to life the likes of The Beatles, Sinead O’Connor and Adele. Dance and sing along, whatever your age!

Pen:Chant

4pm – 5.30pm

Toiling down the art mines, Pen:Chant taps the seams of spoken word, comedy, live music, contemporary performance and everything in between. Unearthing gems from Manchester, the UK and around the world we present them to you, confident they’ll make your hearts and minds sparkle.

Aziz & Dal

6.30pm – 7.15pm

Aziz Ibrahim and Dalbir Singh Rattan are the pioneering creative force behind the new Asian Blues genre mesmerizing audiences worldwide. Ibrahim’s signature Asian-Mancunian guitar playing and songwriting blends with Singh Rattan’s exceptional and aggressive percussion styling, to create a sound layered with rich melodies and rhythms. The ‘AZIZ & DAL’ live shows highlight the duo’s breathtaking performances which take audiences on an unmatched, electrifying sensory journey.

The Beat Chics 

7.45pm – 9.00pm

The Beat Chics are back and are digging deep into their vinyl boxes and setting out on an excursion into some of the best pop and rock the 60s have to offer spinning tunes from girl groups, garage, Northern Soul and much more.

We Are Ian: In Bed With My Brother

9.30pm – 10.45pm

1989. Manchester. The year it all changed from black and white into crazy technicolour. Illegal raves. Acid parties. We might not have been born, but Ian remembers and can take us back. Peppered by recordings of conversations we’ve had with Ian, and scored by buzzing 80s and 90s tracks. “Be Ian, be you but really, just be in this audience” ✮✮✮✮✮ A YOUNGER THEATRE

Sunday 6 August

Vogue Workshop

By House of Ghetto

12.30pm – 1.15pm

Made popular by the likes of Madonna and the classic documentary Paris is Burning (1990), voguing is characterized by model-like poses integrated with angular and linear arm, leg and body movements. This dance-based workshop will explore the link between voguing and fashion portraiture. Strike a pose!

Mr Wilson’s Second Liners

1.20pm – 1.55pm

Where New Orleans meets 90s club classics. 90s club culture’s greatest hero, Mr Tony Wilson, is back with upbeat dance tracks over traditional slow hymns. The vision is an anarchic, street theatre extravaganza, bursting with colour and sound, and rousing audiences young and old into a joyful frenzy.

Derailed

Little Soldier Productions

2 – 3pm

Meet Merce, Patricia, Dan and Thomas. Keyboard warriors, forty-somethings worried that their children hate them for not making more of a difference, and lots of music. An unpredictable and urgent theatrical counter protest. A show about changing the world, with a live rock band. Welcome to the revolution.

Mr Wilson’s Second Liners

3 – 3.30pm

Where New Orleans meets 90s club classics. 90s club culture’s greatest hero, Mr Tony Wilson, is back with upbeat dance tracks over traditional slow hymns. The vision is an anarchic, street theatre extravaganza, bursting with colour and sound, and rousing audiences young and old into a joyful frenzy.

Mighty Heart Theatre

3.30 – 4pm

Verbatim Reading

Boy Blue Entertainment

4.30pm – 5.30pm

Join Boy Blue Entertainment and their youth companies, Sky Blue, The Bluez and The Blueprint, for an energetic, inspiring and participatory hip hop summer party.
Boy Blue Entertainment is an award-winning hip-hop dance company and Barbican Artistic Associate which was founded in London by Choreographer Kenrick ‘H2O’ Sandy and Composer Michael ‘Mikey J’ Asante.   The Company are close collaborators with HOME, Manchester. Acclaimed for presenting “the perfect marriage of music and dance” Boy Blue demonstrate boundless creative energy in all their performances, laying down the beats, and delivering thrilling and raw dance sequences.

Jonny Woo returns to Hackney Empire on November 3 & 4 with his Un-Royal Variety

Jonny Woo © ANGUS STEWART

London Palladium: A red carpet welcomes the elite as they take their seats for the Royal Variety Performance, the annual gala presenting top names in primetime entertainment to the royal family as well as those watching from their living rooms.

Meanwhile over in Hackney: Half-pissed and a round in hand, a different type of queen takes their seat amongst the nightlife royalty of London and beyond…

Following the sell-out success of 2016’s inaugural Un-Royal Variety in the historic setting of Hackney Empire, international drag star and performance artist Jonny Woo returns for two nights alongside a stellar line-up. Delivering his affectionate yet provocative alternative to the annual Royal Variety Performance, Woo once again presents his signature take on variety, with an acerbic, subversive and political punch.

Accompanied by a big, brassy rock band and a 30-strong dance troupe of gender-fluid club kids, Woo MCs, sings, harmonises, dances, conducts and tethers together an evening featuring US sensation CHRISTEENE, award-winning operatic comic Jayde Adams and fresh from the dizzy heights of Triple Threat, the inimitable Lucy McCormick who will present brand new work. Joining them are Bourgeois & Maurice, Diane Chorley AKA The Duchess Of Canvey plus an array of auspicious guests to be announced over the coming weeks.

Last year Brexit The Musical, penned in collaboration with award winning composer Richard Thomas (Jerry Springer, The Opera), was premiered and this time around, Thomas returns with The Kate Middleton Choir, a community choir reflecting on the conundrums of being a queen-in-waiting. Their return follows a successful debut in Un-Royal 2016 and several appearances with Jonny Woo, entertaining audiences over the past 12 months.

This November, the (Hackney) empire will be indeed ruled by Jonny Woo as he embarks again on his Un-Royal extravaganza. Get set for double the irreverence of last year as the glitterati prepare to hang from of theatre boxes and run amok through the theatre’s historic stalls. A raucous good time is firmly on the agenda complete with spectacular performances, laughs, politics and love.

“What a night! Thanks @JonnyWooUK for the first ever Un-Royal Variety @HackneyEmpire I laughed I cried” – Graham Norton via Twitter..

Rehearsal images for KNIVES IN HENS at the Donmar Warehouse

Jon-Sel Gourkan in his new one man show ‘Keep calm I`m only diabetic’ opens at the Cockpit Theatre

Jon-Sel Gourkan
Jon-Sel Gourkan

Jon-Sel Gourkan

If you think Type 1 diabetes is a disability, think again. This satirical one-man show follows the real-life story of one diabetics journey and the obstacles he has to overcome to make his dreams come true.  Keep calm I’m only Diabetic is written and performed by Jon-Sel Gourkan, it is at The Cockpit Theatre for two nights on the 6th and 7th September 2017.

This personal and touching one-man show is full of heartbreak and tears, but in a career spanning professional sport, music and show business this is ultimately a tale of laughter and joy, and how to reach for the top when the odds are stacked against you.

Jon-Sel Gourkan has an eclectic and captivating life story having careers in professional sport, the music industry and as an actor.  Over the course of his football career in Turkey he managed to win a similar award to what David Beckham had won at the Bobby Charlton Football School.  In England Jon-Sel was looked after by Jerome Anderson when trying to gain a contract with Tony Pulis`s Gillingham FC.  He had trials in Turkey and signed as a professional footballer with First Division Altay FK and then went onto play for Galatasaray under 21`s. This all ended abruptly when he couldn`t continue his career due to being a Type 1 diabetic.

Jon-Sel decided to go back to his routes in the entertainment industry attending drama school which then led to many opportunities. He pursued a path in the music industry and joined a pop act called Word On The Street (WOTS), which toured the UK with 5ive, Westlife, Atomic Kitten and Bewitched and were nominated for Best New Tour Act on The Smash Hits Poll Winners Show. Jon-Sel went on to sign a solo deal, his first single 21st Century Man was used on Showtime`s American version of Queer as Folk.  Jon-Sel`s love of performing then took him back into acting. His many acting credits include Love`s Labour`s Lost at the Royal Shakespeare Company and Karen Bruce`s West End Hit Fame the Musical.

More information on Jon-Sel Gourkan:  www.officialjonsel.com

Full casting announced for the UK Tour of Son of a Preacher Man

Son of a Preacher Man
Son of a Preacher Man

Son of a Preacher Man

The full cast is announced for heart-warming new musical Son of a Preacher Man. Joining Diana Vickers, Debra Stephenson and Ian Reddington in the 2017 tour are Michael Howe, Michelle Long, Kate Hardisty, Cassiopeia Berkeley-Agyepong, Lewis Kidd, Liam Vincent-Kilbride, Jon Bonner, Rachel McAllister, Ellie-Jane Goddard, Gary Mitchinson and Jess Barker.

Featuring the soulful music of Dusty Springfield, with a book by Warner Brown and directed and choreographed by Craig Revel Horwood, Son of a Preacher Man embarks on a national tour starting at Bromley’s Churchill Theatre from Monday 4 September 2017.

Three broken hearts, one Soho hang-out, and the only man who could ever help them…

Welcome to the Preacher Man, the swinging 1960s Soho joint where the kids danced the night away to the latest crazes and dared to dream of love, while the legendary owner, the Preacher Man himself, dispensed advice to cure the loneliest of hearts.

Only, that was a long time ago and all that remains are the memories, the stories and the myths. Until now, that is, when three random strangers, generations apart but all in need of help with their hopeless love lives, are inexplicably drawn to the site of the original venue. The Preacher Man is long gone, but his son, with help from the wonderful Cappuccino Sisters, might just find it in himself to channel the spirit of the Preacher Man and once more give these three lovesick strangers the look of love.

Featuring the greatest hits of Dusty Springfield, including “The Look Of Love”, “I Only Want To Be With You”, “Spooky” and of course, the classic “Son Of A Preacher Man”, this sparklingly funny and sweetly touching new musical by internationally renowned writer Warner Brown will have you laughing, crying and singing your heart out to some of the greatest songs ever written.

Diana Vickers first came to public attention as a semi-finalist on the X Factor and has made her professional acting debut in the title role of The Rise and Fall of Little Voice in 2009 (West End, Vaudeville Theatre). Since then her theatre credits have included The Duck House (West End, Vaudeville Theatre), Hatched ‘n’ Dispatched (Park Theatre), The Rocky Horror Show (UK Tour). Her film and television credits include The Perfect Wave, Awaiting, To Dream, Give Out Girls and Top Coppers.

Debra Stephenson is known for her long running roles in Coronation Street and Bad Girls, whilst her entertainment credits include The Friday Night Project, 8 Out Of 10 Cats, Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special, Comic Relief Does Fame Academy and Let’s Dance For Sports Relief. As a comedic impressionist she is best known as star of BBC One’s The Impressions Show, with her other credits including BBC Radio 4’s Dead Ringers as well ITV’s Newzoids.

Ian Reddington is best known for playing Tricky Dicky in EastEnders and Vernon in Coronation Street, with other roles in popular TV programmes including the Outlander series, Dr Who, Shameless, Benidorm, Inspector Morse, Robin Hood, Outlander, The Queen’s Nose and The Dumping Ground. On stage, Ian has worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company and has toured the UK with Bouncers, Dead Funny and Oh What a Lovely War. His film credits include cult film Highlander.

Warner Brown works internationally and is well known for his work in musical theatre and straight plays, encompassing both traditional and avant-garde forms.

He wrote ‘the most popular family show of all time’, the arena production Walking With Dinosaurs, creating an entirely new genre of theatrical presentation and winning many international awards. Currently playing in venues from Madison Square Garden to the Mercedes Benz Arena in Shanghai, an episode of CSI: Las Vegas has been based upon the show and it has even been parodied on The Simpsons.

Warner is currently working on multiple developing projects, including the Broadway musicals The Gold Room and The Thomas Crown Affair, both with composer Michael Feinstein; the opera Empty Spaces, with composer Joshua Schmidt, for Florentine Opera in the USA; the musical A Little Danger, with composer Michael Reed, for the St Petersburg Theatre in Russia; and the screenplay for the movie A Minute To Midnight for Bill Kenwright Films. He is part of the consortium, including choreographer Arlene Phillips and musical director Mike Dixon, for the new internet based project Reality.

Writing credits include Half A Sixpence (UK Tour), The Biograph Girl (Phoenix Theatre), Cinderella (London Palladium), The Black and White Ball, which opened in London and for which The Cole Porter Trusts granted Warner stage rights to the songs of Cole Porter, Flickers (Broadway’s Circle-In-The Square Theater), The House on the Corner (Edinburgh International Festival) and, in addition, Tallulah For A Day and Sleep With Friends. Plays include Laughing Dove, Wavelength and The Prospero Suite, directed by John Doyle.

Warner has worked extensively in Europe, most recently writing the musical Garbo, with music by ‘Meatloaf’ rock legend Jim Steinman. He also has extensive writing credits for the BBC and was Script Associate of the BBC Classic Musicals Series, for which he adapted fourteen musicals featuring many international stars. Warner was the subject of the BBC Two TV documentary The Making Of A Musical. Warner is co-sponsor of the international music prize The S&S Award, named in honour of his late parents.

Craig Revel Horwood is a well-known face on television in the UK and now internationally for his role as a judge on all fifteen series of BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing and for directing and appearing as a judge in the Live Tour.

Craig’s recent credits as director and choreographer include the current UK tour of Sister Act, the previous UK tours Brother Love Travelling Salvation Show and Chess; for television, How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria? and Just the Two of Us; and for film, the feature film Paddington 2. In addition, he recently directed the all-star concert version of Stephen Sondheim’s Follies at the Royal Albert Hall. Other credits as a theatre director and choreographer are: West Side Story (Prince Edward), Miss Saigon (Drury Lane), Hey, Mr Producer! (Lyceum), Spend Spend Spend! (Piccadilly Theatre; Olivier nomination for Best Choreography), Pal Joey (Chichester Festival Theatre), Guys and Dolls (Sheffield Crucible), Paradise Moscow (Opera North), Carmen (Holland Park), My One and Only (Piccadilly Theatre; Olivier nomination for Best Choreography), Beautiful and Damned (Lyric Theatre), Arms and the Cow (Opera North), The Ballet Boyz: Yumbo Vs Nonino (Festival Hall, Sadler’s Wells, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden), The Hot Mikado (Watermill Theatre and UK Tour; Martin Guerre (Watermill  Theatre), Sunset Boulevard (Watermill Theatre and Comedy Theatre, West End), Spend Spend Spend! (Watermill Theatre and UK Tour) and Copacabana (Watermill Theatre).

He recently returned to his roots as a performer in musical theatre, starring as Miss Hannigan in the UK national tour of Annie, and in Christmas 2016 as Captain Hook in Peter Pan at the Churchill Theatre, Bromley. Other performing credits include Captain Hook in Peter Pan at the Orchard, Dartford in 2014 and at the Swan, High Wycombe in 2015. Previously, Craig starred as the Wicked Queen in Snow White at Venue Cymru, Llandudno in 2009, The Hawth, Crawley in 2010 and The Orchard, Dartford 2011. He reprised his role at The Swan Theatre, High Wycombe in 2012 and the Cliffs Pavilion, Southend in 2013.

Amongst his numerous TV credits, highlights include winning the BBC Two series Maestro at the Opera, the final of which saw him conduct Act II of La Bohème at the Royal Opera House. He was also a grand finalist on the hit cooking show, Celebrity MasterChef and participated in and won Ready, Steady, Cook.

 

Diana Vickers (Kat), Debra Stephenson (Alison), Ian Reddington (Simon), Michael Howe (Paul), Michelle Long (Cappuccino Sister One), Kate Hardisty (Cappuccino Sister Two), Cassiopeia Berkeley- Agyepong (Cappuccino Sister Three), Lewis Kidd (Liam/ Young Paul/ Ensemble), Liam Vincent-Kilbride (Andy/ Mike/ Young Jack/ Ensemble), Jon Bonner (Hardman/ Otis/ Jack/ Ensemble), Rachel McAllister (Pippa/ Miss Marsh/ Ensemble), Ellie-Jane Goddard (Sandra/ Anna/ Ensemble), Gary Mitchinson (On- Stage Swing & Ensemble) and Jess Barker (On-Stage Swing & Ensemble).

Casting for the 2018 tour to be announced.

Son of a Preacher Man is produced by Brian Berg, John Sachs, Andrew Berg & Kimberley Sachs for Eclipse Live, Michael Park for The Infinite Group, Paul Tyrer & Jamie Clark for TBO Productions, Churchill Theatre Bromley and executive producers Andrew Green and Ben White, all on behalf of Dusty Touring Ltd.

Casting announced for Kiki’s Delivery Service at Southwark Playhouse

Kiki's Delivery Service
Kiki's Delivery Service

Kiki’s Delivery Service

Kiki is back! Following a critically acclaimed, sold-out festive run at Southwark Playhouse, Kiki’s Delivery Service returns to The Large for a limited summer season.

Kiki is a 13 year old witch and, as tradition dictates, it is time for her to leave home and family to make a new life for herself. Equipped with her ability to fly and accompanied by Jiji, her faithful feline companion, she sets out to find a place where she can use her powers for the greater good and that one day she might call home.

A magical tale of growing up and finding acceptance, Kiki’s Delivery Service is a story for everyone aged 7 and up.

Kiki’s Delivery Service is adapted from the bestselling and award-winning book by Japanese author Eiko Kadono. The book has previously been adapted in to a live action film and most notably an award winning animation by Studio Ghibli. This world premiere of the stage adaptation played at Southwark Playhouse for five weeks over Christmas 2016 where it was the best-selling play in the theatre’s history.

KIKI’S DELIVERY SERVICE

Based on the book by Eiko Kadono.
Adapted for the stage by Jessica Siân. Directed by Kate Hewitt. Design by Simon Bejer.
Lighting design by Elliot Griggs. Sound design by Max Pappenheim. Video design by Andrzej Goulding.
Cast: Matthew Durkan. Thomas Gilbey. Jennifer Leong. Kanako Nakano. Charleen Qwaye. Stevie Raine

Press performance: Tuesday 15 August 2017 at 3pm and 7.30pm
Run: Thursday 10 August 2017 – Sunday 3 September 2017

★★★★ ‘Kiki’s adventure definitely delivers.’ Time Out

★★★★ ‘I loved every minute of it.’ Whatsonstage

★★★★ ‘Miaow!’ The Times

Casting Announced for UK Tour of BEAUTIFUL – THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL

Paul Blake, Sony/ATV Music Publishing and Mike Bosner in association with Michael Harrison have announced that Bronté Barbé will play ‘Carole King’ in the UK and Ireland tour of the Olivier, Tony and Grammy award-winning BEAUTIFUL – THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL. Bronté will be joined by Kane Oliver Parry as King’s husband and song-writing partner ‘Gerry Goffin’, Amy Ellen Richardson as song-writer ‘Cynthia Weil’, Matthew Gonsalves as song-writer ‘Barry Mann’, Carol Royle as King’s mother ‘Genie Klein’ and Adam Howden as music publisher and producer ‘Donnie Kirshner’. At certain performances, ‘Carole King’ will be played by Leigh LothianBEAUTIFUL – THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL opens at the Bradford Alhambra on Saturday 9 September 2017Tour dates below.

BEAUTIFUL – THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL received its Broadway premiere in January 2014 at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre where it continues to play to packed houses and throughout 2015/2016 it toured the US. The London production will end its triumphant two and a half year run at the Aldwych on 5 August. The Tokyo production opened this July and the Australian production will open in September.

Bronté Barbé was a finalist in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s BBC1 television series “Over The Rainbow” in 2010. Since then she has appeared on stage in both London’s West End and around the UK. Previous credits include “Cool Rider” in the West End and ‘Princess Fiona’ in the UK Tour of “Shrek -The Musical”. She most recently starred in “The Wild Party” at The Other Palace.

Kane Oliver Parry has starred in “Carousel” and “Sweeney Todd” at London’s Coliseum. West End credits include “Wicked” and “Urinetown”. Kane also appeared in “The Light Princess” at the National Theatre and the International Arena Tour of “We Will Rock You”.

Amy Ellen Richardson’s West End theatre credits include “Merrily We Roll Along”, “Crazy For You” and “Les Misérables”. After appearing in the UK Tour of “Singin’ in the Rain”, Amy recently reprised the role of Kathy Selden in Tokyo at Theatre Orb.

Matthew Gonsalves is currently appearing in the West End production of “Beautiful – The Carole King Musical”. His other theatre credits include “Dirty Dancing” and “Dreamboats and Petticoats” both on UK Tour. Matthew has also been a singer and vocal arranger for artists including Florence and the Machine, Westlife, Will Young, Leona Lewis, and Barry Manilow.

Carol Royle’s theatre credits include “Moonlight” at the Donmar and the UK Tour of “An Ideal Husband”. Carole has also appeared in many television series including “Crossroads”, “Casualty”, “Doctors” and “Life Without George”.

Adam Howden’s previous theatre credits include Offie nominated “The Talented Mr Ripley”, “Romeo & Juliet”, “Richard III” and “Spring Awakening”. Television credits include “Doctors”, “The Interns”, “Whitechapel”, “New Tricks” and “Holby City”.

Leigh Lothian is currently appearing in “Beautiful – The Carole King Musical” at the Aldwych Theatre. Her other West End credits include “Chariots of Fire” at the Gielgud Theatre. Leigh has also appeared in “The Beautiful Game” at the Union Theatre and “Avenue Q” and “Kiss Me, Kate”, both at the Gatehouse Theatre.

The cast is completed by Merryl Ansah, Lauren Byrne, Matt Campbell, Khalid Daley, Jessica Joslin, Esme Laudat, Emma Lucia, Grant McConvey, Jacob McIntosh, Paige Miller, Matt Mills,  Simeon Montague, Ben Morris, David O’Mahony and Saran Webb.

BEAUTIFUL – THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL tells the inspiring true story of King’s remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Along the way, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation, including one of the best-selling albums of all time, Tapestry, and countless classics such as (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman, Take Good Care of My Baby, You’ve Got a Friend, So Far Away, It Might as Well Rain Until September, Up on the Roof and The Locomotion. The show also includes the Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann hit songs You’ve Lost that Lovin Feeling, On Broadway and We Gotta Get out of This Place.

BEAUTIFUL – THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL is based on the early life and career of legendary singer/songwriter Carole King. It has a book by Douglas McGrath with words and music by Gerry Goffin, Carole King, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil.

BEAUTIFUL – THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL – UK AND IRELAND TOUR 2017/2018

www.beautifulmusical.co.uk/tour

2017

SATURDAY 9 – SATURDAY 16 SEPTEMBER

BRADFORD ALHAMBRA www.bradford-theatres.co.uk

TUESDAY 19 – SATURDAY 23 SEPTEMBER

THEATRE ROYAL, PLYMOUTH www.theatreroyal.com

TUESDAY 26 – SATURDAY 30 SEPTEMBER

MAYFLOWER SOUTHAMPTON www.mayflower.org.uk

TUESDAY 3 – SATURDAY 7 OCTOBER

NORWICH THEATRE ROYAL www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk

TUESDAY 10 – SATURDAY 14 OCTOBER

SOUTHEND CLIFF’S PAVILION www.southendtheatres.org.uk

TUESDAY 17 – SATURDAY 21 OCTOBER

NOTTINGHAM THEATRE ROYAL www.trch.co.uk

TUESDAY 24 – SATURDAY 28 OCTOBER

GRAND OPERA HOUSE, BELFAST  www.goh.co.uk

MONDAY 30 OCTOBER – SATURDAY 4 NOVEMBER

WALES MILLENNIUM CENTRE, CARDIFF www.wmc.org.uk

TUESDAY 7 – SATURDAY 11 NOVEMBER

BIRMINGHAM HIPPODROME  www.birminghamhippodrome.com

TUESDAY 14 – SATURDAY 18 NOVEMBER

NEWCASTLE THEATRE ROYAL www.theatreroyal.co.uk

TUESDAY 21 – SATURDAY 25 NOVEMBER
HULL NEW THEATRE www.hulltheatres.co.uk

TUESDAY 28 NOVEMBER – SATURDAY 2 DECEMBER

EDINBURGH PLAYHOUSE www.atgtickets.com/venues/edinburgh-playhouse

2018

TUESDAY 12 DECEMBER 2017 – SATURDAY 6 JANUARY 2018

MANCHESTER PALACE THEATRE www.atgtickets.com/venues/palace-theatre-manchester

TUESDAY 9 – SATURDAY 20 JANUARY

BORD GAIS ENERGY THEATRE, DUBLIN www.bordgaisenergytheatre.ie

TUESDAY 23 – SATURDAY 27 JANUARY

HIS MAJESTY’S THEATRE, ABERDEEN www.aberdeenperformingarts.com

TUESDAY 6 – SATURDAY 10 FEBRUARY

SHEFFIELD LYCEUM www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk

TUESDAY 13 – SATURDAY 17 FEBRUARY

KINGS THEATRE, GLASGOW www.atgtickets.com/venues/kings-theatre

TUESDAY 20 – SATURDAY 24 FEBRUARY

MILTON KEYNES THEATRE www.atgtickets.com/venues/milton-keynes-theatre

TUESDAY 27 FEBRUARY – SATURDAY 3 MARCH

NEW VICTORIA THEATRE, WOKING www.atgtickets.com/venues/new-victoria-theatre

TUESDAY 6 – SATURDAY 10 MARCH

SUNDERLAND EMPIRE THEATRE www.atgtickets.com/venues/sunderland-empire

TUESDAY 27 – 31 MARCH

MARLOWE THEATRE, CANTERBURY www.marlowetheatre.com

TUESDAY 3 – SATURDAY 7 APRIL

BRISTOL HIPPODROME www.atgtickets.com/venues/bristol-hippodrome

TUESDAY 24 – SATURDAY 28 APRIL

REGENT’S THEATRE STOKE-ON-TRENT – www.atgtickets.com/venues/regent-theatre

TUESDAY 8 – SATURDAY 12 MAY

NEW THEATRE OXFORD – www.atgtickets.com/venues/new-theatre-oxford

TUESDAY 5 – SATURDAY 9 JUNE

DARTFORD ORCHARD THEATRE www.orchardtheatre.co.uk

Contact announces autumn 2017 season

We're Really Not Here

Back with a new look, Contact continues to be forward-looking, ambitious and diverse. It’s where young people transform their lives through the arts, and where audiences of all ages experience exciting new shows.

Contact’s Autumn 2017 programme is no exception: it’s big, bold, and as ever includes new Contact productions alongside outstanding touring shows. It’s especially exciting that young people from our city have chosen much of what we present – for everyone.

The season kicks off literally with We’re Not Really Here, a new Contact show about the beautiful game, performed by the most important people in football – the fans themselves (50 Manchester City Football supporters). Other Contact supported productions include transgender artist Kate O’Donnell’s You’ve Changed, choreographer Aakash Odedra’s exploration of migration #JeSuis, and Jackie Hagan’s new show about class, Jumble Soul.

There’s half-term fun from Le Gateau Chocolat exploring alternative family units, comedy from hot new names Mawaan Rizwan and Desiree Burch, and international performance in Real Magic from regular Contact collaborators Forced Entertainment. We’re also delighted that RuPaul’s Drag Race superstar Jinkx Monsoon is back in two brilliant new shows. We finish the season by re-staging last year’s incredibly successful sell-out show The Siege of Christmas – an interactive family adventure that takes place all around our castle-y building. Come and explore!

Contact’s autumn 2017 season is on sale in person, by phone on 0161 274 0600 or online at contactmcr.com. Please see below for the full list of theatre, spoken word, visual art, music and dance events from the autumn season of Manchester’s theatre of the future.

 Contact’s Artistic Director, Matt Fenton, said “Contact’s world-renowned model of engaging young people to help decide our programme ensures our shows are relevant, diverse and entertaining. And the resulting programme is for absolutely everyone, no matter what your age or background. You see that reflected in our audiences – a genuine celebration of Manchester’s many wonderful and diverse communities. Our Autumn 2017 continues that 20-year tradition in style.”

CLICK HERE FOR CONTACT’S DETAILED AUTUMN 2017 LISTINGS

CONTACT Autumn 2017 Listings

Autumn 2017 Listings:

CONTACT PRESENTS

WE’RE NOT REALLY HERE – A FOOTBALL OPERA

Directed by Yahya terryn, Gilles De Schryver and Oliver Roels.

Wed 20 – Fri 22 Sep, 7.30pm. Sat 23 Sep, 1pm and 7.30pm. £15 / £10 conc. All ages. Space 1.

A celebration of what it means to be a football fan – the highs, the lows, the chants, the banter and the songs.

This unique theatre show puts the fans centre-stage, with the audience watching what only the players get

to experience. This exciting international collaboration is based on an original idea conceived by the directors, formerly of legendary Belgian company het Kip.

Produced by Contact. Sponsored by Slater Heelis. Original Concept: Yahya terryn, Oliver Roels, Gilles De Schryver, Lien Maes. Performed by fans of Manchester City Football Club. Special thanks to het KIP and CAMPO. Local producer: Kyle Walker.

 

SEAN CERNOW

BEING SEBASTIAN

Mon 25 – Thu 28 Sep, 7.30pm. Post-show panel Tue 26. BSL interpreted Thu 28 Sep. £13 / £7 conc. Over 15s. Space 2.

Outside the walls of prison, some comedowns last forever…

Combining narrative with spoken word (and actually written on K-Wing in Strangeways Prison), Being Sebastian is a prison story with a difference, as funny and absurd as it is hellish. An extraordinary portrayal of the sometimes fatal spiral into madness and drug addiction, as one man struggles to preserve his soul against the emotionless machine of the British Prison System.

There will be a post-show panel after the Tuesday performance bringing together professional perspectives on the show – legal and social, police and prison.

 

CONTACT PRESENTS

CLIMATE OF FEAR

Directed by Matt Fenton.

Tue 3 – Fri 6 Oct, 7.30pm. £9 / £5 conc. Over 10s. Space 2.

A new version of the acclaimed show exploring climate justice and social inequality. Are the fates of the world and the people that live on it connected? What happens to our physical and emotional state when the environment is threatened? As three apparently unrelated people tell their stories, we’re forced to examine the impact we have on the world around us.

Part of Doing Nothing Is Not An Option, the national programme supporting performances addressing the climate emergency, in partnership with Julie’s Bicycle. First conceived and produced by Contact Young Company and directed by Zena Edwards.

 

CHRISTOPHER BRETT BAILEY

KISSING THE SHOTGUN GOODNIGHT

Wed 4 – Thu 5 Oct, 8pm. £13 / £7 conc. Over 15s. Space 1.

A neo-noir fever dream and 120 decibel suicide note: a juggernaut of music-theatre that eschews conventional narrative in favour of broken words, futurist soundscapes and dark psychedelia.

Elliptical, nihilistic sci-fi poetry gives way to a shifting sea of sonic textures and hallucinatory lighting in this new show by the acclaimed creator of This Is How We Die.

Supported by Arts Council England. Originally commissioned by Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts, Cambridge Junction, Ovalhouse, Theatre in the Mill, and Theatr Iolo. With thanks to Hackney Showroom.

 

CONTACT PRESENTS

THE BLACK SOUND SERIES

Sat 7 Oct, 12pm-6pm (workshops). Free. Over 5s. Building wide.

Sat 7 Oct 8pm (show). £10 / £6 conc. Over 14s. Space 1.

Sat 7 Oct 11pm – 2am (after-party). £5. Over 18s. Space 5. Show + after-party ticket. £12 / £10 conc. Over 18s only.

A day of events and activities celebrating UK music of Black origin.

Join us during the day for free masterclasses and seminars, then at night get ready for the main event featuring an exceptional line up of guests, including performances from young musicians from our very own Level Up. Plus after party with guest DJs.

Produced by Contact. Supported by Youth Music.

 

CONTACT AND JOURNEYS FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL PRESENT AAKASH ODEDRA COMPANY

#JESUIS (IN PROGRESS)

Tue 10 – Thu 12 Oct, 7.30pm. £10 / £6 conc. Over 12s. Space 1.

The exciting and innovative Aakash Odedra Company is building an international ensemble incorporating talented young Turkish contemporary dancers. Using a fusion of styles #JeSuis (In Progress) explores personal stories of conflict, media manipulation, displacement and identity. What makes home when millions are on the move?

Each performance of #JeSuis (In Progress) will be followed by: JOURNEYS – The Art of Displacement. Aakash Odedra Company and Journeys Festival International share the inspiration for their work, including artistic contributions from European partners, and invite an audience response and debate to issues of displacement and the meaning of ‘‘home’’.

Post-show panel each night. Commissioned by Contact. Co-production partners: Journeys Festival International (ArtReach), UK; Curve Theatre (Leicester) UK; Contact (Manchester) UK; Art Center New York University Abu Dhabi; Paradise is Here, Switzerland. Commissioned by The Movement, a partnership between Birmingham Hippodrome, Sadler’s Wells and The Lowry. Research and Development Supported by the British Council in Turkey and DanceXchange (UK).

 

PEACHES CHRIST, JINKX MONSOON AND HOLESTAR:

HOCUM POKEM

Fri 13 Oct, 8pm. Sat 14 Oct, 3pm and 8pm. £25 / £20 conc. Over 13s. Space 1.

Something sickening this way comes! Kick off the season of the witch with a can’t-miss tribute to cult movie favourite, Disney’s Hocus Pocus. Back by popular demand after the sold-out Return to Grey Gardens, US drag superstars Peaches Christ and Jinkx Monsoon are joined by the fabulous Holestar and a star-studded coven of UK favourites, including Anna Phylactic, Miss Blair, Liquorice Black, The Ultra Violets and more.

UK Premiere. Advance booking highly recommended. Produced by Bren O’Callaghan.

 

CONTACT, WORDSMITH AND YOUNG IDENTITY PRESENT

YOUNG IDENTITY: HATCH

Directed by Ali Gadema. Dramaturgy by Matt Fenton.

Wed 18 – Sat 21 Oct, 7.30pm. £10 / £6 conc. Over 12s. Space 2.

What does the eye see? What does the heart feel? What makes the blood boil and what stops us from sleeping

at night? Eight of the most exciting and diverse young poets in Manchester rhapsodise on the spirit of the times – be it xenophobia, war, gender politics, inner city turmoil, poverty or the state of the arts. Expect lyrical wit, on the pulse social commentary and some of the most articulate voices the city has to offer.

Commissioned by Contact. Supported by Big Lottery Reaching Communities and Arts Council England.

 

CONTACT AND SOUTHBANK CENTRE PRESENT

WHY? FESTIVAL

Sat 21 Oct, 11am – 5pm. Free. Over 12s. Building wide.

Contact and Southbank Centre join forces to present the third edition of WHY? What’s Happening for the Young in Manchester, inspired by the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Join us for talks, debates, performances, participatory events and workshops examining the rights of young people today. Meet policy makers, social activists, and others who have influence over young people’s lives.

WHY? was founded by Jude Kelly, Artistic Director of Southbank Centre, London in partnership with Mishcon de Reya.

 

LE GATEAU CHOCOLAT

DUCKIE

Tue 24 – Wed 25 Oct, 2pm and 7pm. £13 / £7 conc. £5 under 10s. All ages. Space 1.

Family-friendly glamour and glitz takes centre stage as critically acclaimed cabaret star Le Gateau Chocolat breaks out of his shell in his first work for children, a reimagining of The Ugly Duckling. A classic tale of identity and belonging, Duckie is set in an animal circus, and we join him on an adventure of self-discovery. Peppered with dress-ups, songs, Disney references and an important message of acceptance, Duckie is a show for the entire family, children and the young at heart.

Supported by Arts Council England. Seed Commissioners New Wolsey Theatre, Colchester Arts Centre & Norwich Arts Centre. Produced & Developed by In Company Collective.

 

FLYING SOLO FESTIVAL 2017

 

JACKIE HAGAN

JUMBLE SOUL

Fri 27 – Sat 28 Oct, 8.30pm. Post-show talk Fri 27 Oct. £13 / £7 conc. Over 15s. Space 1.

From the award-winning creator of Some People Have Too Many Legs comes a new show featuring the real voices of proper skint disabled people about the complicated weirdness of being human. Expect audience interaction, poetic comedy, comedic poetry and one underclass amputee steering everything.

Supported by Contact. Commissioned and supported by Unlimited, celebrating the work of disabled artists, with funding from Arts Council England. Supported with funding from BlueSCI Wellbeing, Contact and Full Circle Arts. Produced by Big Feast.

 

CONTACT AND RIGHTABOUTNOW INC. PRESENT: SHEYDA DARAB

TREASURIES OF MYSTERIES

Tue 31 Oct – Wed 1 Nov, 8.30pm. £11 / £6 conc. Over 14s. Space 2.

Combining her own spoken word and the 12th century poem The Treasury of Mysteries by Iranian poet Nizami Ganjavi, Amsterdam Hip Hop theatre maker Sheyda Darab is out to start a dialogue with herself and her public. She invites us to look for treasure – in still images, slow motion, storytelling, music and explosive dance – where street and club styles like Krump, House, Waacking, Popping, Sabar and Butoh become one.

A Flying Solo international exchange.

 

DESIREE BURCH

THIS IS EVOLUTION

Sat 4 Nov, 8.30pm.

£10 / £6 conc. Over 16s. Space 1.

Our 30s are a decade of adjusted expectations, growing wisdom, diminishing relevance and drinking yourself to sleep on top of a pile of self-help books. This high-octane hour of stand-up comedy straddles theprofound and the profane – exploring sex, death, relationships, race, body image and social change.

 

A CONTACT AND TRANS CREATIVE CO-PRODUCTION: KATE O’DONNELL

YOU’VE CHANGED

Fri 10 – Sat 11 Nov, 8pm. Post-show talk Fri 10 Nov. BSL interpreted Sat 11 Nov. £16 / £11 conc. Over 16s. The Lowry Quays Theatre.

It’s fourteen years since Kate transitioned and a lot has changed. However, where gender is concerned, are we still stuck in the dark ages? Through song, dance, hard-won wit and wisdom, You’ve Changed shines a light on the ins, outs, ups and downs of transitioning. Kate’s changed: that’s clear, but have you?

Commissioned by Contact. Supported by Royal Exchange Theatre and Waterside Arts Centre, using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

 

FULL FLYING SOLO PROGRAMME ANNOUNCED LATER THIS YEAR

 

SHAKESPEARE SCHOOLS FESTIVAL

Thu 9 – Fri 17 Nov, (not Sat or Sun), 7pm. £10 / £7 conc. All ages. Space 1.

Shakespeare Schools Foundation is proud to present the world’s largest youth drama festival at Contact. Join us for an exhilarating evening of theatre, with a series of unique Shakespeare productions staged by your schools.

 

UCHENNA DANCE

THE HEAD WRAP DIARIES

Wed 22 – Thu 23 Nov, 7.30pm. £10 / £6 conc. Over 5s. Space 1.

Three fierce, clever and witty female characters take us through stories of community, heritage, womanhood, friendship, and most importantly; hair. The Head Wrap Diaries celebrates versatility in Afro-hair, diversity amongst black women and empowers ALL women (AND the men in their lives) to embrace their individual beauty.

There will be a HeadWrap hair bar each night, and Mixed Movement on 23 Nov.

 

BLACK GOLD ARTS FESTIVAL 2017

 

CHERYL MARTIN

WHO WANTS TO LIVE FOREVER?

Fri 17 Nov, 7.30pm. Sat 18 Nov, 5pm. £12 / £8 conc. Over 12s. Space 2.

One woman’s life-long love for Billie Holiday’s music, for the stars, and for her lost baby brother. Who Wants To Live Forever? is about camping holidays and friendship; about learning how to sing so that you can sing to the stars; about loss and memory, and turning memory into myths of Amazon princesses sailing the skies. About falling stars, and why we all love them.

Developed as a Divergency micro-commission with support from hÅb, Commonword + STUN. Supported through the Black Gold Arts Festival, Arts Council England and an Artist Residency at Lawrence Batley Theatre Cellar.

 

NUCLEAR

Sat 18 Nov, 7pm. £10 / £6 conc. Over 14s. Space 1.

Showcasing the fiercest Black dancers, choreographers and writers. Featuring the world premiere of Chad Taylor’s powerful new dance piece Persistence, and extracts from House Of Ghetto’s Black Girl Cabaret, alongside work from hot new writers.

Supported by Arts Council England and Contact.

 

BLACK GOLD IS PRESENTED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH CONTACT

 

KEISHA THOMPSON

MAN ON THE MOON

Directed by Benji Reid.

Tue 21 – Sat 25 Nov, 8pm. Post-show talk Tue 21 Nov. BSL interpreted Fri 24 Nov. £13 / £7 conc. Over 12s. Space 2.

A bruk down journey through space and time fuelled by love, fear and Afro-futurism. Keisha communicates with her reclusive dad through books, letters and symbols. But when the letters stop coming she is forced to venture into his world. This truth-infused narrative sees the protagonist follow a trail of breadcrumbs that lead her to a number of check-points: cultural displacement, religious confusion, political paranoia, misplaced masculinity and more.

Commissioned by STUN and Contact. Supported by Arts Council England and Apples & Snakes

 

DICKIE BEAU

RE-MEMBER ME

Tue 28 – Wed 29 Nov, 8pm. Post-show talk Tue 28 Nov. £15 / £10 conc. Over 12s. Space 1.

When award-winning performer and lip-synch maestro Dickie Beau realised he might never play the Dane, he decided instead to turn himself into a human Hamlet mix-tape. To channel great audio recordings of theatre’s most famous role and “re-member” the ghosts of Hamlet from the past. Then he got distracted on the way… This humorous and haunting solo show is a unique theatrical experience featuring exclusive footage taken from conversations between Dickie and a range of fascinating figures including Sir Ian McKellen, Sir Richard Eyre and more.

Re-Member Me was first presented by the Almeida Theatre and developed with the support of the National Theatre’s New Work Department, Arts Council England Grants for the Arts, and Birkbeck Centre for Contemporary Theatre.

 

CONTACT AND HOME PRESENT: FORCED ENTERTAINMENT

REAL MAGIC

Wed 29 Nov – Fri 1 Dec, 7.30pm. £16.50/ £14.50 conc. Over 15s. HOME Theatre 1.

Real Magic creates a world of absurd disconnection, struggle and comical repetition. A group of performers attempt an impossible illusion – in which they endlessly revisit moments of defeat, hope and anticipation. Caught in a world of second-chances, distortions and transformations, the audience is taken on a hallucinatory journey, in a compelling performance about optimism, individual agency and the desire for change. Regular Contact visitors, Forced Entertainment are one of the most important British performance ensembles of the last 30 years.

Co-produced by: P ACT Zollverein Essen, HAU Hebbel Am Ufer Berlin, Künsterlhaus Moustonturm Frankfurt, Tanzquartier Wien Vienna, Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts, University of Sussex and the Spalding Gray Consortium – On the Boards Seattle, PS122 NYC, Walker Art Center Minneapolis and Warhol Museum Pittsburgh.

 

POWER THROUGH DIVERSITY

LEADERS OF THE FUTURE

Fri 1 Dec. Free. Young leaders aged 15-30, with senior leaders of arts orgs. Space 2.

In this one-day event we invite leaders, Chairs and decision-makers of arts organisations to bring a guest. This person should be from the next generation of arts leaders. We want to provoke debate and inspire change for a future sector of diverse leadership. Young people will take the lead in this intimate opportunity for exchange with TED-style talks, interactive panel discussions and artistic interventions.

Curated by Contact and our young leaders, this event follows the hugely successful Power Through Diversity in partnership with Arts Council England held in December 2016.

 

MAWAAN RIZWAN

TWERK IN PROGRESS

Sat 2 Dec, 8pm. £10 / £6 conc. Over 15s. Space 1.

Comedy’s most irreverent idiot is back, performing a new concoction of stand-up, absurd songs and trippy poems with the help of his deadpan musician. A joyous and surreal celebration of the profound meaninglessness of life.

 

POWDER KEG

MORALE IS HIGH (SINCE WE GAVE UP HOPE)

Wed 6 Dec – Fri 8 Dec, 7.30pm. £9 / £6 conc. Over 15s. Space 2.

A fast paced, raucous performance weaving together time travel, intertwining narratives and songs performed live to predict what might happen between now and a future general election in 2022. Powder Keg’s double act debut performance explores the effects of popular culture, political policy and inane day-to-day actions on who we choose to vote for.

 

SOHO THEATRE AND TIM WHITEHEAD PRESENT: JINKX MONSOON AND MAJOR SCALES

THE VAUDEVILLIANS

Thu 7 – Sat 9 Dec, 8pm. £25 / £20 conc. Over 16s. Space 1.

RuPaul’s Drag Race winner Jinkx Monsoon stars in The Vaudevillians, a bawdy, rowdy musical comedy co-starring

Major Scales. Throughout the 1920’s Kitty Witless and Dr. Dan Von Dandy toured the US, wowing audiences with their edgy, original music. While in Antarctica, an avalanche buried and froze them alive, but thanks to Global Warming they recently thawed, only to discover that pop artists had stolen their music. Now, at long last,

they are taking to the stage to reclaim their songs.

Advance booking highly recommended.

 

CONTACT AND SLUNG LOW

THE SIEGE OF CHRISTMAS

Directed by Alan Lane.

Wed 13 – Wed 20 Dec [not Sun], various times. £13 / £7 conc. £5 under 10s. Over 5s. Building wide.

Back by popular demand!

Starting outside the main doors of Contact, and roaming throughout our unique castle-y building, The Siege of Christmas is an immersive theatrical adventure for young audiences and the taller people that look after them. Can you help rescue The Spirit of Christmas?

 

EXHIBITIONS

 

MAKING CONTACT: THE EXHIBITION

Wed 20 Sep – Wed 20 Dec. Open daily [not Sun]. Free. Building wide.

As we embark on a bold new chapter in Contact’s story with our building transformation project, we celebrate our remarkable history with a new exhibition of photography from the past 20 years. These stunning images chart Contact’s unique programme of Hip Hop theatre, socially engaged productions, site-specific work and young people-led shows – all resulting from Contact’s unique model of placing young people as the key decision-makers

in the organisation. The exhibition is accompanied by a series of short films funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, that unearth the personal journeys of former Contact artists, participants, staff and audience members.

Produced by Contact. Supported by Heritage Lottery Fund.

 

PROJECTS

 

FUTURE FIRES

Future Fires supports young leaders aged 18-30 to develop socially-engaged arts projects in their own communities. The projects we are supporting this year include a drama project for young mums, working with women of colour to produce a series of podcasts and a film project with people who have chronic pain conditions. Our Future Fires Short Course, is a two-day kick-starter to developing your own socially-engaged arts projects. Courses run three times per year (August, November February).

Future Fires is funded by Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, The Peter Kershaw Trust and UnLtd.

 

THE AGENCY

The Agency, Contact’s creative entrepreneur project with Battersea Arts Centre and Peoples Palace Projects uses

a creative methodology developed in the favelas of Rio De Janerio, Brazil to empower young people from under-served areas to create social initiatives to impact positive change in their communities. Over the past 4 years we have developed over 20 projects, businesses, social enterprises and events, ranging from basketball tournaments focusing on social inclusion (Three Points) to family baking projects (Crumbs). Our 2016/17 funded projects include Console.Code which engages young people in coding, community cohesion festival Afrobase, Reel it In which teaches young people to fish and mental health poetry project Open Minds but Silent Sounds.

The Agency has been funded for two years by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, and is now funded by The Big Lottery Fund.

 

REGULAR EVENTS

 

RAW (RHYTHM AND WORDS)

Mon 25 Sep, 30 Oct, 27 Nov, 8pm. Free. Over 12s. Space 5.

An open mic for poets, vocalists, and MCs, also featuring the Freestyle Pyramid Competition with quirky prizes.

 

MOTHER’S RUIN

Fri 29 Sep, 8:30pm (8pm doors). £12 / £8 conc. Over 18s. Space 5.

A spectacular night of outrageous and fiercely entertaining cabaret mayhem hosted by our glamorous eco warrior Timberlina. Comedy, music, drag, poetry and the unpredictable presented by a top bill of subversive Queer artists from the North West and beyond.

Supported by Arts Council England and Contact.

 

MIXED MOVEMENT

Thu 23 Nov, 9pm. Free. All ages. Space 5.

Contact’s open stage event for dancers. Turn up and just watch, or let the music grab you and join in.

 

YOUNG IDENTITY: ONE MIC STAND

Fri 1 Dec 7pm. £7 / £4 conc. Over 12s. Space 5.

Join Manchester’s finest young spoken word performers for a boisterous night of poetry, music and visual art. Featuring an open slam and special guests.

 

GET INVOLVED

 

MONDAY DROP

Weekly. Free. Ages 13 – 19.

Mon, 6.30pm – 8.30pm, 9 Oct – 27 Nov.

Interested in drama skills and acting? Drop in and learn from professional performers, actors and directors. No experience necessary.

 

MEDIA DROP

Weekly. Free. Ages 13 – 25.

Mon, 6pm – 9pm, 2 Oct – 20 Nov.

MCs, DJs, vocalists, poets and producers! Collaborate, build your skills, share tracks in person and online.

 

LEVEL UP: MUSIC PROJECT

Next Dates: See website

Develop music production skills working with industry professionals to produce, promote and perform your music.

 

TECHNIQUE

Next Dates: See Website. Ages 15-25

Develop skills in lighting, sound and technical theatre led by our professional technicians.

 

YOUNG IDENTITY                                                                              

Weekly, Free. Ages 13 – 25.

Every Tuesday

6pm – 7pm (beginners).

7pm – 9pm (some experience).

Write, create and perform with Manchester’s premiere young spoken word performers.

 

ARTS AWARD DROP

Weekly. Free. Ages 13 – 25.

Wed, 5pm – 6.30pm, 11 Oct – 29 Nov.

Work your way through Bronze, Silver and Gold Arts Awards to explore the arts, develop your skills and become a creative leader.

 

CONTACT YOUNG COMPANY (CYC)

Weekly. Free. Ages 15 – 25.

Auditions: see website.

Contact’s award-winning ensemble recruited from a diverse mix of performers, actors, musicians, dancers, poets and MCs under 25. They create professional-standard public performances working with internationally acclaimed companies and directors.