There’s all manner of live theatre, performance, dance and comedy happening in Manchester and further afield this October.
PUSH Festival continues at HOME with Jenni Jackson’s Endurance, a brand new performance that fuses dance, theatre and sport to examine gender politics and audience complicity, and Emmanuela Yogolelo’s unique commission exploring the traditions and culture of the Congo Basin.
The Royal Exchange serves up two superb pieces of writing too. Bruntwood Judges Prize-winner Glee & Me, a witty, dark comedy about a teen who is diagnosed with a malignant brain tumour, plays in rep with Katori Hall’s Olivier Award-winning The Mountaintop – which imagines a conversation between Dr Martin Luther King and a maid in his Memphis motel, the night before his assassination in 1968.
Contact’s phenomenal reopening season launches too with a dynamic performance from the Contact Young Company. And a world premiere performance heads to Hope Mill Theatre for Black History Month – Forgotten Voices reveals the remarkable real-life story of Eva Moorhead Kadalie, the widow of South Africa’s first national black trade union leader.
At Storyhouse in Chester, Sophocles’ Antigone has been adapted for a modern-day audience by the acclaimed poet Hollie McNish. Tackling subjects like gender equality and democracy, the play is still startlingly relevant for a contemporary audience.
Elsewhere, dance lovers should take a look at the Stanley and Audrey Burton Theatre’s Season of Dance and Matthew Bourne’s captivating 1930s production of The Midnight Bell when it visits Liverpool Playhouse this month.
Read on for more live theatre and performance happening in Manchester and right across the North.
Here are our picks
The spectacular season of dance includes DeNada Dance Theatre, Northern Ballet, Ballet Cymru and Humanoove, alongside free performances happening as part of Light Night Leeds 2021.
Meet, Flecky Bennet, your guide through the dark and demonic side of the city as he takes you on one of Manchester’s award winning ghost walks.
Expect chilling street theatre and immersive thrills as the award winning Shiverpool return to Liverpool’s streets.
Live theatre returns to The Edge this September and the opening season promises to be one to remember when its doors open for the first time in 18 months, and to a completely refurbished building.
Following the extensive transformation of their iconic Oxford Road venue, Contact has announced a vibrant and progressive reopening programme. Read our preview of the upcoming season.
Looking for a family-friendly Halloween adventure? Join Rusticus Arts for a magical quest around Tatton Park’s Medieval Old Hall.
Join storyteller and musician Emmanuela Yogolelo for a session exploring the traditions of songs and storytelling in the Congo Basin, Africa.
Witness five brand-new plays written by LGBTQ+ playwrights and supported by Dibby Theatre. Featured playwrights include: mandla rae, Alma Renée Lipari, Susan Kerr, Elizabeth Gibson and Rebekka Platt.
A work-in-progress performance telling the story of one woman’s flight from the Polish pogroms and the impact of her experience on the generations that follow.