MLF’s FLUX at Contact

Sarah-Clare Conlon, Literature Editor
Performer Keisha Thompson
Performer Keisha Thompson.

Manchester Literature Festival Presents: Flux at Contact Theatre, Manchester 2 April 2022 Tickets from £5.00 — Book now

Manchester Literature Festival’s spring programme continues as the new Young Producers Collective launches FLUX, taking words from the page to the stage. Described as “trailblazing”, FLUX brings together a range of multidisciplinary artists to celebrate and explore how we tell stories, re-engaging audience members with the form by creating an immersive, dynamic space where they can connect to the words through storytelling, spoken word, DJs and live projection art. FLUX features digital artist Sean Clarke alongside writers and performers Keisha Thompson, Amerah Saleh and Testament.

FLUX features digital artist Sean Clarke alongside writers and performers Keisha Thompson, Amerah Saleh and Testament.

Just unveiled as new artistic director and CEO at Contact in what is being described as a ground-breaking appointment, Keisha Thompson is a Manchester-based writer, performance artist and producer, whose 2018 show Man On The Moon explored fatherhood within the Black British experience. A recipient of The Arts Foundation Theatre Makers Award 2021, Keisha is the senior learning programme manager for The World Reimagined of Children, chair of radical arts funding body Future’s Venture Foundation, a MOBO x London Theatre Consortium fellow and a member of Greater Manchester Cultural and Heritage Group.

Amerah Saleh is a spoken word artist and co-founder of Verve Poetry Press, who published her first collection I Am Not From Here in 2018. She is a board member of Apples & Snakes, the main organisation promoting performance poetry in Britain, and she champions the Birmingham poetry scene. Amerah has performed around Europe and her work touches on identity, womanhood, religion and the obscure idea of belonging only to one place.

Testament is an acclaimed rapper, playwright and world-record-holding beatboxer based in West Yorkshire. His radio play The Beatboxer was nominated for the Imison Award at the BBC Audio Drama Awards 2020 and his play Black Men Walking was nominated for best play at The Writers Guild Awards 2019 and Best New Play at the UK Theatre Awards 2020. Testament was Channel 4 writer-in-residence at Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre and his show Orpheus In The Record Shop was broadcast on BBC television last year (and is available on BBC iPlayer).

Manchester Literature Festival’s Young Producers programme provides the opportunity for 16- to 25-year-olds to curate and deliver an event for the festival, giving them a budget, support and guidance to help bring their event ideas to life, and offering upcoming artists an equal platform alongside established voices.

Manchester Literature Festival Presents: Flux at Contact Theatre, Manchester 2 April 2022 Tickets from £5.00 Book now

What's on at Contact Theatre

Pillock at Contact
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Pillock at Contact

Pillock is an exciting new one-man show exploring neurodiversity, the challenges of gay dating and the vulnerabilities of an actor’s life.

Where to go near MLF’s FLUX at Contact

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The Deaf Institute

The Deaf Institute is a vibrant gig venue and nightclub for which it is well worth taking a jaunt out of the Northern Quarter.

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Catalog Bookshop

Find Peter and his Christiania cargo bike around All Saints Park, a hop, skip and a bunnyhop from Manchester Poetry Library.

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Bar or Pub
Sandbar

Sandbar, just off Oxford Road in Manchester, is a well-loved watering hole, with a great selection of ales and some eccentric seating.

Johnny Roadhouse store
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Shop
Johnny Roadhouse

Buffeted by fried chicken outlets, legendary musical instrument emporium Johnny Roadhouse has been serving the local music community for over 50 years.

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Café or Coffee Shop
Eighth Day

Eighth Day is a co-operative shop that sells ethically-sourced food, wine and cosmetics. There’s also café that serves hearty, healthy meals in the basement.

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Event venue
The Proud Place

Based in the heart of Manchester on Sidney Street, The Proud Place houses The Proud Trust and serves as a community hub for the wider LGBT+ population across Greater Manchester and beyond.

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