The ability of a single artist to captivate an audience is one of the great performing traditions and the Contact’s new Flying Solo Festival brings together some of the best solo international performers for week of mixed work that touches on comedy, spoken word, documentary and hip hop. Here’s our pick of the fest.

La JohnJoseph: Boy In A Dress
Tue 5 & Wed 6 Mar, 7pm, £8/5. Over 14s.
A poignant look at the life thus far of a third-gendered fallen Catholic from the council estates of Merseyside to the strip clubs of NYC. Featuring covers of Cole Porter and Leonard Cohen.

Kristina Wong: Going Green The Wong Way (pictured)
Wed 6 to Fri 8 Mar, 9pm, £8/5. Over 16s.
An comedic ecological odyssey from Los Angeles’s self-styled patron saint of sustainable living.

Brian Lobel: Purge
Sat 9 Mar, 9pm, £10/6. Over 14s.
Which of Brian Lobel’s 1300 Facebook friends should he keep or delete? In this examination of our relationship of social media it’s down to you, the audience, to decide.

Mon 4 – Sat 9 Mar, Contact, Oxford Road, M15 6JA. Tel: 0161 274 0600, times and prices vary,

Mon 4 Mar - Sat 9 Mar
Joshua Gordon
Published on:
Thu 28 Feb 2013