Contact in the City Part Three
Dean Chalkley

Contact In The City Part Three

Kristy Stott, Theatre Editor

Since the building redevelopment for Manchester’s Contact Theatre started – we’ve seen trail-blazing and progressive programming spilling out across Manchester. As work advances in transforming the iconic building on Oxford Road, Contact continues to delight with the next installment of their programme – Contact In The City Part Three. Bringing radical, ambitious and urgent work from around the globe to the city of Manchester – we couldn’t be more excited about this diverse and entertaining line-up.

Contact In The City Part Three, which runs from February to June 2019, will seek to examine pressing intercultural debates around politics, protest and community.

We’re absolutely thrilled that this season sees Contact presenting a major show from their regular collaborator, writer and poet Inua Ellams. The critically acclaimed Barber Shop Chronicles will run at the Royal Exchange Theatre this March.

Contact will be staging a compact weekender of their annual Queer Contact Festival in February, presenting many of the best-loved elements of the festival. Most pleasingly, the multi-award winning Bristol-based Ad Infinitum will be kicking off the Queer Contact weekender and launching In The City Part Three with their most recent show, No Kids. Hilarious and utterly absorbing, No Kids explores the chaotic social anxieties relating to same-sex parenting.

The brilliant Contact Young Company will be presenting two shows this season, the first – Ramping Up – in partnership with Battersea Arts Centre, will explore some of the issues faced in a post-Brexit society; the second, Old Tools >New Masters ≠New Futures is a collaboration with Manchester spoken word collective, Young Identity.

ColetivA Ocupação will bring this phenomenal season of art and activism to a climactic head with When It Breaks It Burns – a sensational show devised by a group of young activist-performers from Brazil, created as a reaction to their protests about cuts to education.

In the City Part Three showcases the best of Contact, its produced work, partner artists and the award-winning Contact Young Company.

Check out our listings for In the City Part Three.

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Mandy Barker: Hong Kong Soup at CFCCA Manchester
Exhibitions 12 October 2018–20 January 2019, FREE

Mandy Barker: Hong Kong Soup at CFCCA

Charwei Tsai: Bulaubulau at CFCCA
Exhibitions 12 October 2018–20 January 2019, FREE

Charwei Tsai: Bulaubulau at CFCCA

ReFrame at Manchester Art Gallery
Exhibitions 20 October 2018–20 January 2019, FREE

ReFrame at Manchester Art Gallery

Cinema 7 December 2018–20 January 2019, from £5

Slapstick Film Season at HOME

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Festivals 13 December 2017–20 January 2019,

HOME at Christmas

PUSH Festival 2019 at HOME
Festivals 11–26 January 2019,

PUSH Festival 2019 at HOME

Exhibitions 12 January–1 February 2019, FREE

Motion Sickness at STOCK Gallery

The Producers - A Mel Brooks Musical at the Royal Exchange
Music 30 November 2018–2 February 2019, from £10.00

The Producers – A Mel Brooks Musical at the Royal Exchange

Outdoor Art Club at The Whitworth
Families 19 January–9 February 2019, FREE

Outdoor Art Club at The Whitworth