Contact’s In The City season – taking the theatre out and about while the Contact theatre's Oxford Road HQ gets a makeover – introduces its second half, running August to December 2018. With productions in unusual locations and a who’s who of the most exciting and diverse artists working in the UK right now, it’s shaping up to be entertaining, inspiring and accessible for everyone...
Oh Man: Hetain Patel's new, devised production at a secret location
Based on the real-life stories of boys and men from across generations and combining movement and striking visuals, this new devised production directed by Hetain Patel and drawing on the talents of Contact Young Company looks at the male condition in the 21st century.
Thu 30 Aug – Sun 2 Sep, secret location, times vary, from £7, contactmcr.com
Rent Party: dance show exploring being young, gifted, black & gay at The Klondyke
Having picked up plenty of five-star reviews during its run in Sheffield, Rent Party knows how to raise the roof, with dancers, singers and musicians exploring what it means to be young, gifted, black, poor and gay. Get there at 7pm for a pre-show dance workshop with director and acclaimed vogue-r Darren Pritchard (see trailer below).
Wed 10 – Sat 13 Oct, The Klondyke, Burnage Range, Levenshulme, Manchester, M19 2HQ. Tel: 0161 224 4122, 8pm, from £10, contactmcr.com
Spoken word, rap & special commissions: Word To Action from Z-Arts
Contact takes over STUN Studio at Z-Arts for two weeks from Tuesday 16 to Saturday 27 October, with this midpoint one-day event showcasing special commissions and discussions around spoken word and rap. Expect poetry, looped sounds and storytelling from Keisha Thompson (also Wed 17 and Thu 18 Oct) and a sneak peek of Elmi Ali’s new show (also Mon 22 and Tue 23 Oct).
Sat 20 Oct, Z-Arts, 335 Stretford Road, Manchester M15 5ZA. Tel: 0161 226 1912, from 1pm, prices vary, contactmcr.com
Contact & SICK! Festival commission: The Year my Vagina Tried to Kill Me
Commissioned by Contact and SICK! Festival, this preview of The Year my Vagina Tried to Kill Me from stand-up comedian Amy Vreeke offers a frank and funny look at endometriosis, a life-altering disease she was diagnosed with in 2016.
Fri 16 and Sat 17 Nov, New Adelphi Theatre, University of Salford, University Road, Salford M5 4RB. Tel: 0161 295 5000, 7pm, from £6, contactmcr.com
Kids theatre: The Forest of Forgotten Discos! by poet & performer Jackie Hagan
Written by poet and performer Jackie Hagan, this exciting new show for children from aged five concludes the season at Hope Mill Theatre and promises to be fun for everyone, no matter what their family looks like. Includes creative BSL integration and relaxed performances.
Tue 11 – Sun 16 Dec & Tue 18 – Sun 23 Dec, Hope Mill Theatre, 113 Pollard Street, Manchester M4 7JA. Tel: 0161 275 9141, 11am, 2pm & 7pm, from £7, contactmcr.com
Read our preview of season opener Ockham’s Razor, an immersive circus spectacular at Upper Campfield Market here.
Wed 15 Aug–Sun 23 Dec, Contact In The City, various venues, Manchester, Tel: 0161 274 0600, times and prices vary, www.contactmcr.com