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.