Factory International Spring Season 2024

Kristy Stott, Theatre Editor
Image courtesy of Wenjun Miakoda Liang.

Factory International Spring Season 2024 at Aviva Studios, Manchester Until 22 June 2024 Entrance is free — Visit now

Building on the momentum and success of the official opening season of Aviva Studios, Factory International have announced a sensational Spring Season of world premiere performances, unmissable music and evocative arts events.

The season launches with a specially commissioned takeover of work by the internationally acclaimed Manchester-based artist David Hoyle. Bringing comedy, glamour and anarchy, Please Feel Free to Ignore My Work toasts four decades of work from the original avant-garde performance avalanche. Alongside an extensive exhibition of Hoyle’s work in Aviva Studios’ Social, there’s a live painting performance, a live Q&A session with the artist, and a brand-new theatre show where friends from the worlds of burlesque, music, drag, film, circus and cabaret will join Hoyle on stage.

In May, Keith Khan’s The Accountants takes centre stage for a world premiere performance. Blending global dance and state-of-the-art visuals, the cultural superpowers of India and China go head-to-head in this spectacular performance choreographed by leading Chinese dance icon Xie Xin and renowned Indian dancer Terence Lewis. Expect a visual feast of dance and storytelling that’ll leave you questioning anything you ‘thought’ you knew about India and China.

In an exciting contrast, and following on from the success of previous MIF collaborations, Maxine Peake, Sarah Frankcom and Imogen Knight will join forces to present Robin/Red/Breast in May. Adapted from John Bowen’s Robin Redbreast, first broadcast in 1970 as part of the BBC’s famous Play For Today TV series, this chilling feminist theatrical reimagining explores themes of paganism and fertility sacrifice – themes that continue to fascinate horror audiences over fifty years on. Spine-tingling stuff.

In June, artist and composer Huang Ruo presents City of Floating Sounds, a new interactive symphony that fuses a meditative new work with cutting-edge technology. Audiences will experience a musical journey around Manchester – guided via an app on their phone – as they journey into Aviva Studios for the full orchestral concert performed live by the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra.

Later in spring, House of Manchester bring killer dance moves and a glorious club soundtrack to Aviva Studios in a vibrant celebration of Manchester’s LGBTQ+ community. Presented by the exuberant, Rikki Beadle-Blair, expect three glamorous nights of runway performance showcasing Manchester’s underground clubland and nu-wave cabaret scene.

Factory International Spring Season 2024 at Aviva Studios, Manchester Until 22 June 2024 Entrance is free Visit now

Our top picks

Robin/Red/Breast at Aviva Studios

Robin/Red/Breast at Aviva Studios, Manchester, Until 26 May 2024, from £10 - Book now

Maxine Peake, Sarah Frankcom and Imogen Knight join forces once again to present Robin/Red/Breast, a chilling adaptation of a cult horror classic.

Image courtesy of Aviva Studios.

Huang Ruo: City of Floating Sounds at Aviva Studios

Huang Ruo: City of Floating Sounds at Aviva Studios, Manchester, 6–8 June 2024, from £15.00 - Book now

Artist and composer Huang Ruo uses cutting-edge creative technology to bring a unique and interactive symphony to Manchester.

Huang Ruo: City of Floating Sounds, image by Wenjun Miakoda Liang.
Image by Wenjun Miakoda Liang.

House of Manchester at Aviva Studios

House of Manchester at Aviva Studios, Manchester, 20–22 June 2024, from £10.00 - Book now

Expect killer dance moves, a glorious club soundtrack and jaw-dropping fashion when the House of Manchester struts into Aviva Studios this June.

House of MCR
Image courtesy of Damien Frost.

What's on at Aviva Studios

Where to go near Factory International Spring Season 2024

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Manchester Opera House

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Low Four Studio

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Smolensky Gallery

This appointment-only gallery is a hidden gem in Manchester. Art lovers and collectors can browse many high quality pieces.

Moxy Manchester City

Moxy Manchester City is a stylish 146-bedroom hotel in Spinningfields, with an attractive living room lobby and modern, well-stocked bar.

Hey Little Cupcake

Hey Little Cupcake is a small, trendy cupcake boutique nestled in Spinningfields that uses the finest ingredients to create a signature collection of cupcakes, cakes and brownies.

What's on: Visual Arts

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Life Drawing Manchester

Whether you have never put pencil to paper or have been honing your artistic skills for years, Bee Creative studio runs life drawing sessions for people of all abilities.

from £10

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