Due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, our usual recommendations for theatre in Manchester and the North are a little different.
We most certainly cannot wait to be back in the stalls again…until then our theatre guide brings online theatre, dance and interactive performance for you to enjoy at home.
We are so grateful to National Lottery players, The National Lottery, DCMS and Arts Council England for supporting our freelance writers during this crisis. This means that, although venues remain shut and campaigns cancelled, our writers can be reengaged to help arts organisations and artists across the North of England share their online content with our culture-hungry readers.
Make sure to check back often – we’re adding more good cultural stuff as we find it.
Here are our picks
Contact Theatre, Oxford Road, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M15 6JA - Visit now
We’re pleased to announce that a £7m refurbishment of Contact has recently been completed, gearing up for performances to restart in early 2021. At such a difficult time for the arts industry, news like this really lifts the heart.
A Young Identity and Homemakers commission, this is an audio poem exploring universal uncertainty at a time of great change.
Fusing music and spoken word, Young identity present this new work by Saf Elsenoss as part of Homemakers.
Presented by Young Identity, this collection of 4 poems examines the ethereal qualities of our lived experiences, once we look back on them as memories.
Using soundscape and film, this Young Identity Homemakers commission explores the burning house analogy often given as an explanation to those who say ‘all lives matter’.
Shot entirely on a smartphone and GoPro throughout lockdown, this perceptive short film examines the costs of being ‘othered’ in a radicalised world.
Exploring love, loss and reclamation, a house is vividly brought to life in this metaphorical poem by writer-performer Hester Ullyart.
Offering contemporary poetry as a tool for healing and connection, PHS is a brand-new online literary cure-all.
Innovative, visual and inclusive, this short film uses unique theatrical language to shine a light on a Deaf person’s experience of war.
Inspired by the first 12 weeks of lockdown and presented in 12 parts, Absent Tense is an audio essay and accompanying publication that reflects the presence of absence in our lives right now.