PUSH Festival 2017 at HOME

Andrew Anderson
The Trial by People Zoo Productions

PUSH Festival 2017 at HOME Manchester, Manchester 14 — 28 January 2017 Tickets from £1.00 — Book now

Januarys in Manchester have long been a busy time for theatre thanks to Re:play Festival – now rebranded as PUSH since it became part of HOME. We’re big fans, not only because it’s an opportunity to revisit your favourite works from the previous year, but also because it gives you the chance to catch shows you might have missed.

Firmly in the first category for us is The Trial, which was originally on at Hope Mill Theatre. Not many fringe shows are worth five stars, but this one really was – a quick-witted and clever adaptation of Kafka’s novel from People Zoo Productions. William J. Holstead was a rubber-faced revelation in the lead role, while director Craig Sanders’ imaginative staging added to the absurdist humour.

Another one we’re looking forward to enjoying again is Pen:Chant. Hosted by Ben Mellor, this mix-and-match evening of music, theatre, comedy and cabaret is one of the best nights out in Manchester. You never know quite what you’re going to get, but you know it’s going to be good.

Finally, a couple that we missed first time around: Debs Gatenby’s A Place Called Happiness and Morale is High (Since We Gave Up Hope) from Powder Keg. Debs’ work can make you cry with both laughter and sadness, while Morale is High (Since We Gave Up Hope) is the best show title we’ve heard in ages…so we definitely don’t want to miss it this time.

PUSH Festival 2017 at HOME Manchester, Manchester 14 — 28 January 2017 Tickets from £1.00 Book now

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From England with Love at HOME
From England with Love at HOME

With stunning choreography and an inventive score, the ambiguities at the heart of England take centre stage in Hofesh Shechter’s compelling new dance work.

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Where to go near PUSH Festival 2017 at HOME

Indian Tiffin Room, Manchester

Indian Tiffin Room is a restaurant specialising in Indian street food, with branches in Cheadle and Manchester. This is the information for the Manchester venue.

The Ritz Manchester live music venue
Music venue
The Ritz

The Ritz was originally a dance hall, built in 1928, has hosted The Beatles, Frank Sinatra and The Smiths and is still going strong as a gig venue now.

Event venue

Homeground is HOME’s brand new outdoor venue, providing an open-air space for theatre, food, film, music, comedy and more.

Café or Coffee Shop
Burgess Cafe Bar

Small but perfectly-formed café – which also serves as the in-house bookstore, stocking all manner of Burgess-related works, along with recordings of his music. It’s a welcoming space, with huge glass windows making for a bright, welcoming atmosphere.

Rain Bar pub in Manchester
City Centre
Bar or Pub
Rain Bar

This huge three-floor pub, formerly a Victorian warehouse, then an umbrella factory (hence the name), has one of the city centre’s largest beer gardens. The two-tier terrace overlooks the Rochdale canal and what used to be the back of the Hacienda, providing an unusual, historic view of the city.

Bar or Pub
The Briton’s Protection

Standing on the corner of a junction opposite The Bridgewater Hall, The Briton’s Protection is Manchester’s oldest pub. It has occupied the same spot since 1795, going under the equally patriotic name The Ancient Britain.

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