Toxic at HOME

Kristy Stott, Theatre Editor
Toxic at HOME
Image courtesy of Lee Baxter.

Toxic at HOME Manchester, Manchester 18 — 28 October 2023 Tickets from £11.00 — Book now

Beautiful, explosive and layered with wit, Nathaniel J Hall and Dibby Theatre return to the stage with a brand-new semi-autobiographical play, Toxic.

Blending storytelling, movement, visual projections and an original soundtrack, Toxic pulls back the “glittery curtain of pride” to explore narratives around “gay shame”: generational homophobia, racism, toxic gender norms and HIV stigma. Layered with humour and hope, Toxic celebrates survival and the resilience of the queer spirit. The show is inspired by writer and performer Nathaniel J Hall’s own real-life experiences, as well as those of others.

Set in Manchester in 2016, the two-hander focuses on the relationship between two queer people: how they meet, fall in love and then, mess everything up.

Two damaged hearts meet head-on in the middle of a hot and sweaty queer warehouse party. Born during the Aids epidemic and growing up in the hangover of Section 28, one is HIV+ and drowning in shame, while the other is one microaggression away from a full-on breakdown. Powerful and passionate, the two form a trauma bond so tight they can survive anything. However, survival also means knowing when to walk away.

With a phenomenal creative team, Toxic is written by Nathaniel J Hall (First Time, It’s a Sin), who also performs in the show alongside Joshua-Susan Enright. Set to a pumping soundtrack by SHAR, with direction by Scott Le Crass and movement by Manchester-based Plaster Cast Theatre alongside design by Lu Herbert and visual projections by ././ dede (Dee Dixon), Toxic looks to be a hot ticket this autumn.

Toxic at HOME Manchester, Manchester 18 — 28 October 2023 Tickets from £11.00 Book now

Accessibility

  • British Sign Language
  • Relaxed

Performances

Date
Time
Session Features
18 October 2023
7:45pm — 9:15pm

Accessibility Features

British Sign Language, Relaxed

19 October 2023
7:45pm — 9:15pm

Accessibility Features

British Sign Language, Relaxed

20 October 2023
7:45pm — 9:15pm

Accessibility Features

British Sign Language, Relaxed

21 October 2023
2:15pm — 3:45pm

Accessibility Features

British Sign Language, Relaxed

21 October 2023
7:45pm — 9:15pm

Accessibility Features

British Sign Language, Relaxed

24 October 2023
7:45pm — 9:15pm

Accessibility Features

British Sign Language, Relaxed

25 October 2023
7:45pm — 9:15pm

Accessibility Features

British Sign Language, Relaxed

26 October 2023
7:45pm — 9:15pm

Accessibility Features

British Sign Language, Relaxed

27 October 2023
6:00pm — 7:30pm

Accessibility Features

British Sign Language, Relaxed

27 October 2023
8:30pm — 10:00pm

Accessibility Features

British Sign Language, Relaxed

28 October 2023
2:15pm — 3:45pm

Accessibility Features

British Sign Language, Relaxed

28 October 2023
7:45pm — 9:15pm

Accessibility Features

British Sign Language, Relaxed

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Indian Tiffin Room, Manchester

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The Ritz Manchester live music venue
Manchester
Music venue
The Ritz

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Homeground
Manchester
Event venue
Homeground

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

Manchester
Café or Coffee Shop
Burgess Cafe Bar
at IABF

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.

Manchester
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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