It has been a decade since the Contact Theatre – the strangely turreted arts venue jammed in behind Manchester Academy – signalled the seriousness of its new ethos by changing its name. To reach a new generation of theatre-goers it decided that the prime barrier was the class, race and age connotations of the word theatre itself, so the Contact Theatre became, simply, Contact. For once, a re-branding seemed to inspire genuine change and now the organisation is heralded as holding the blueprint for how arts organisations should engage young people, going from strength-to-strength with its own productions, and creating a niche for itself in the city’s crowded theatre scene. This is the place to head to for emerging theatre, spoken word, hip hop and digital performance mash-ups, all of it with the sense of energy and urgency that comes with working with young talent.
Telephone: 44161 274 0600
10am-11pm Mon-Fri; Sat 3pm til late
Services and Facilities
theatre, cafe/lounge bar
Wheelchair access to all public areas
Commercial and hire services
Private hire available
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