Due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, our usual recommendations for theatre in Manchester and the North are a little different.
Many arts venues have been working tirelessly towards welcoming audiences back through their doors safely, socially distanced and creatively; sadly, since the announcement of the second national lockdown, many runs have been cancelled or postponed.
During this difficult time for the industry, theatres and artists have been encouraged to think outside the box, to find new ways to create and share performance with their audiences. Arts organisations like HOME have worked their socks off to deliver their live ‘reopening’ season of theatre to audiences digitally via a live stream; Hope Mill Theatre have pre-recorded and edited their electrifying production of Rent for audiences to watch at home.
While we can’t wait to be back in the stalls again…our guide to theatre in Manchester and the North features the best online performance happening now, alongside some of the live shows we’re most looking forward to.
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.
Be sure to check out our full guide to the best online events from organisations in Manchester and the North too. Do check back often – we’re adding more good cultural stuff as we find it.
Here are our picks
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.