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HOME 2019 Season

Kristy Stott, Theatre Editor

The 2019 season at HOME Manchester extends a hearty welcome to friends and collaborators, old and new, as part of an exhilarating international programme. With a continuing drive towards bold global programming, nurturing creative ‘ones-to-watch’, and the delivery of diverse festivals and events – HOME build on their achievements, season after season – never resting on their laurels.

The frosty months of winter signal perpetual red carpets and lively film industry debate – of course, it’s Film Awards Season. And HOME is really the only place for avid film fans to catch up with awards season in Manchester.

HOME will also present an impressive, year long season of film committed to Celebrating Women in Global Cinema. Curated by Rachel Hayward, Film Programme Manager and Andy Willis, Senior Visiting Curator – there will be a timely focus on the women who have made significant contributions to film, on both sides of the camera.

The exciting theatre season includes the hugely successful production of Wise Children – adapted from Angela carter’s carnivalesque final novel. This acclaimed show is directed by Emma Rice, who is best known for her work with Kneehigh (Brief EncounterThe Flying Lovers of Vitebsk).  Also, earlier in the season –  innovative associate artists 1927 will present their smash-hit performance The Animals and Children Took to the Streets.

We’re thrilled that SparkPlug, written and performed by Mancunian dual-heritage writer David Judge, will play at HOME this February. Produced by the consistently brilliant Box of Tricks, SparkPlug will examine what family, in Manchester, means today.

There will also be a carefully curated programme of new work which will feature celebrated emerging artists and award-winning shows from international festivals. It will include Iman Qureshi’s Papatango Prize-winning play The Funeral Director, a return of Scottee’s hit Fat Blokes, and Señor Serrano’s return to ¡Viva! Festival in April with Kingdom.

David Bethell’s beautifully enigmatic exhibition Fleeting Flights moves into HOME until mid-March. Combining ambition and emptiness, folly and hope, practice and moving image – this exhibition looks set to mark a new height in Bethell’s career.

So get yourself over to HOME to discover new experiences, new art and new perspectives, which respond to the city of Manchester and our place in the world.