Stretching all the way from the Curry Mile – with its glittering sari emporiums, Indian sweet shops and mixed reputation for actual curry – up toward the city centre, Oxford Road is not only home to two Universities, the Royal Northern College of Music, an Olympic-sized pool and a good number of the city’s best music venues, it’s also the busiest bus route in Europe. Yes, this is student land, but cultural institutions such as The Whitworth art gallery, Manchester Museum and International Anthony Burgess Centre also make the area a real draw for locals and tourists alike. There are also two parks: Whitworth Park, which dates back to 1890, and Grosvenor Square, a small patch of green that was once a church and where now, on sunny days, the locals come out to bask in bookish style.
The Oxford Road Corridor is the site of serious scientific innovation; here, you can visit the place where the atom was split, and doff your cap to the building dedicated to pioneering computer scientist and code breaker Alan Turing. Once home to philosopher Friedrich Engels and writer Elizabeth Gaskell, the area can boast its fair share of artistic prestige, too. Here, history and innovation still exist side by side.
Contact’s new season builds on its position as one of Manchester’s most innovative and experimental theatre centres.
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American jazz saxophonist and composer Joshua Redman is joined by three of the most imaginative voices in contemporary jazz to interpret music by Ornette Coleman’s band, Old and New Dreams.
Emma is an actor trying to overcome addiction, but what else can help her cope with life’s problems?
Turn the camp dial past 10 with this drag reinterpretation of cult classic Hocus Pocus.
The excitement of a goalmouth scramble and the pressure of a penalty shootout are put under the spotlight in this new theatre show about football fandom.
Taller than over the top, further than too far, this is drag queen cabaret at its silliest and most satisfying.
A box of performance chocolates where every single pick is delicious? It can only be Contact’s Flying Solo Festival.
Re-member Me brings the ghosts of Hamlets-past back to life through Dickie Beaus lip-syncing master class.