Manchester’s finally starting to come out of hibernation and its cultural venues can’t wait to get back to showcasing the wide range of talent available on our doorstep that’s been dormant for far too long. Having recently unveiled Homeground – a vibrant, outdoor theatre and performance space – the team at HOME have already begun teasing details of what we can find when it opens to the public on Friday 28 May. With that in mind, here’s a few fun things to add to your diary…

A Midsummer Night's Dream | Thu 3 - Sat 26 Jun | £10 adults / £5 kids

The Bard’s tale of young love gets an anarchic makeover thanks to theatre troupe Filter in a riotous rendition of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, due to make its Homeground debut in early June. Fun for kids and adults alike, this colourful production wowed audiences at Latitude Festival thanks to its live, original music and irreverent humour. Tickets go on sale from Tuesday 20 April – and you won’t want to miss out. Find out more by following the link below.

Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland | Thu 15 Jul - Sat 7 Aug | £10 adults / £5 kids

Manchester turns back into Madchester during Homeground’s distinctly Northern take on Lewis Carroll’s classic kids story. Helmed by Stockroom Productions, the show follows Alice and her younger brother Lewis as they escape into an alternative world of music, magic and mayhem. Kids will love its colourful characters and familiar themes – while adults will no doubt struggle to get its catchy songs out of their heads long after the curtain goes down. Tickets go on sale soon – visit the HOME website to ensure you don’t miss out.

Catch up on some much-missed comedy and cabaret

If there’s one thing HOME does well, it’s throwing memorable summer shindigs – and with the arrival of Homeground, the stage is set for them to continue doing what they do best. While their full line-up of comedy and cabaret is yet to be revealed, the venue’s connections to the best-of-the-best of the UK’s live entertainment scene all but guarantee it’ll be worth shelling out for this summer. With recent news indicating new partnerships with Manchester comedy club the Frog & Bucket, youth theatre Contact and culture collective Trans Creative, we’re expecting big things.

Return to the dance floor with summer DJ Sets

Before 2020 went off the rails, HOME would regularly welcome punters into their ground-floor bar for a post-work boogie, soundtracked by some of the city’s finest DJ talent. With Homeground, their team look set to continue this trend – together with the help of some iconic Manchester music spinners like DJ Paulette and even a special take-over from the Manchester Folk Festival team. Best of all, these will be completely free to enjoy. What’s not to like?

Tuck into some delicious food and drink

We hate to let the cat out of the bag – but HOME is one of Manchester’s best kept secrets when it comes to delicious foodie treats. If – like us – you’ve been longing for their fluffy cinnamon rolls, dreaming about their irresistible Florentine pizzas or counting down the days before you can take a bite of their crunchy cauliflower Buffalo wings once more, then you’ll be pleased to hear that Homeground comes complete with a range of take-away food options for visitors to enjoy. While their full food and drink line-up is still in the oven, folks like Black Market Espresso, Brazilico pizza, Wolf to the Door cocktails and Tibetan Kitchen have already confirmed – and that’s enough to whet our appetite.

Fri 28 May - Tue 31 Aug, Homeground,
HOME, First Street, 2 Tony Wilson Place, Manchester, M15 4FN
Simon Bland
Published on:
Fri 9 Apr 2021