This month we bring our picks of the best theatre happening in Manchester and across the North. You’ll find a selection of online performance alongside some of the live shows we’re most looking forward to.
Although Greater Manchester theatres remain closed at this time, many venues are continuing to adapt to the ongoing pandemic – pulling out all the stops to deliver a theatrical experience for audiences to enjoy at home. And we remain hopeful that theatre will return soon – the pathway to live performance is glimmering on the horizon.
Sound Stage is an exciting audio-digital project that pricked our ears up. Created by the fabulous Manchester-based audio-production company Naked Productions, in collaboration with Pitlochry Festival Theatre and the Royal Lyceum, the project aims to recreate the social experience of a trip to the theatre.
HOME continues to deliver high-quality and innovative works and experiences that audiences can enjoy at home. The Homemakers series has been extended until the summer and PUSH Festival, featuring six brand-new commissions and an experimental video game, will run throughout 2021, allowing work to be presented both digitally and live (we’ve got everything crossed).
We’re thrilled that Queer Contact Festival will run online this spring. Highlights include screenwriting legend Russell T Davies (Queer as Folk, It’s a Sin) in conversation with Nathaniel Hall (First Time). Always a highlight in the theatre calendar – be sure to check out the full Queer Contact 2021 programme.
We’re looking forward to those lighter nights and live performance at some point in the not too distant future. Do check back often for more great performance – we’re updating our guide to theatre in Manchester and the North frequently.
Here are our picks
Queer Contact 2021: Russell T Davies in conversation with Nathaniel Hall, online, 30 April 2021, from £5.00 - Book now
In this first event for Queer Contact 2021, screenwriting legend Russell T Davies will join award-winning theatre-maker Nathaniel Hall to discuss depictions of HIV and AIDS on stage and screen.
Produced by Complicité for Homemakers: Join a virtual gathering of women for an online dance project celebrating female movement throughout history.
Politically charged with a hip-hop soundtrack, there is no doubt that this filmed performance is one of the most eagerly anticipated releases of 2020.
Z-arts are delighted to be hosting Drama stars with Triple C – a series of online creative workshops for children with access requirements/additional needs. Aimed at beginners, children need no previous drama experience for these fun, interactive sessions.
An interactive, experimental and political video game exploring the complex effects of extremism and radicalisation.
The Earth Asleep, a new film and original live score from creative duo Clara Casian and Robin Richards, premieres this spring at HOME.
Prepare for flight with two new friends as they take to the skies, leaving the every-day behind in pursuit of faraway lands. They touch down in mysterious new places and discover oceans to swim in, rocks to clamber over and bridges to cross. Paper Aeroplane sensitively explores themes of loss and grief in an age appropriate manner and is truly entertaining showcasing a mix of music, puppetry and physical movement.
It’s Peppa’s Best Day Ever! Join Peppa Pig and all her friends and family on as they embark on fun-filled day long adventure. With all the familiar faces, and plenty of chuckles, chortles and trademark snorts this show will have your little ones captivated.
An explosive performance about coming out, finding ways to belong and fitting in. A film premiere and Q&A.