Contact Young Company X Gob Squad: While We Were Waiting, Something Changed at Contact

Kristy Stott, Theatre Editor
Contact Young Company X GOBSQUAD: While We Were Waiting, Something Changed
Image courtesy of Contact/ Gob Squad

Contact Young Company X GOBSQUAD: While We Were Waiting, Something Changed at Contact Theatre, Manchester 28 — 30 July 2022 Tickets from £5.00 — Book now

This summer our friends at Contact Young Company (CYC) have joined forces with celebrated international theatre troupe Gob Squad to bring an extraordinary outdoor show to Manchester.

Running at around 60 minutes, While We Were Waiting, Something Changed is a unique audio-visual podwalk that promises to transport audiences to an alternative reality. Armed with a fully charged mobile phone and a pair of headphones, participants are encouraged to explore Manchester through a new lens.

A unique audio-visual podwalk that promises to transport audiences to an alternative reality.

The guided promenade performance begins and ends at the Contact building and explores the rites of passage from adolescence to adulthood. Described as passing through “transitory, transcendental and transformational” landmarks, this show brings a new perspective on the city, asking audiences to interrogate their relationship with the landscape around them.

Image courtesy of Contact/ Gob Squad.

While We Were Waiting, Something Changed is the first collaboration between Contact and Anglo-German company Gob Squad. Skilled at taking members of the audience and placing them at the heart of the performance, Gob Squad are a theatre collective that make it their mission to explore the extraordinary in the ordinary, searching for the beauty in the everyday.

Experience Manchester as never before.

Throughout this interactive show, the audience are led by live performers who become their tour guides. Using their mobile phones as a gateway to an alternative reality, participants will journey through various location points while following films on their devices. Audio and video technology feature heavily in the show, and digging deep beyond the shiny, pixelated surface of the 21st century, this new work seeks to excavate the dark corners of contemporary culture.

Recommended for ages 16+, While We Were Waiting, Something Changed offers a brilliant opportunity for audiences of all interests to experience Manchester as never before.

Contact Young Company X GOBSQUAD: While We Were Waiting, Something Changed at Contact Theatre, Manchester 28 — 30 July 2022 Tickets from £5.00 Book now

Accessibility

  • Relaxed

Performances

Date
Time
Session Features
29 July 2022
6:00pm — 7:40pm
30 July 2022
2:00pm — 5:50pm

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