This month we bring our picks of the best theatre happening in Manchester and across the North. You’ll find a selection of online performances 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 whilst it may still be some time before venues can safely welcome audiences inside again, we remain optimistic that we’ll be able to take our favourite seat in the stalls again soon.
Until then, we’ve got some cracking online performances which you can enjoy from home, and also some Covid-safe open-air theatre.
PUSH Festival and Turn On Fest are in full swing online, and Queer Contact Festival returns next month too. Lip Service Theatre bring a live stream of their interactive new show, Château Ghoul to audiences while the ever-brilliant Rambert perform a new work – in real-time – for audiences to watch online. Oldham Coliseum are offering an interactive online murder-mystery show while the Lawrence Batley Theatre bring a modern take on an Oscar Wilde classic, featuring an all-star cast.
Meanwhile, public phone boxes are set to ring in Leeds as part of the city’s Compass Festival 2021 – pick one up and be part of a city-wide performance exploring loneliness and mental health.
We’re also gearing up for a season of Covid-safe open-air performance too. C-o-n-t-a-c-t at Salford Quays and The Great Gatsby at Walkden Gardens are among our picks of live outdoor theatre happening this spring in Greater Manchester.
We remain hopeful that theatre will return soon – the pathway to live performance is glimmering on the horizon.
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.
NOW EXTENDED: HOME have invited theatre and live art makers to create new works at home, for an audience who are also at home.
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.
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.
Created by SICK! Festival, MINDSCAPES is a collection of five inspirational brand-new artworks and online events happening in Manchester for free this spring.
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.
As part of Queer Contact Nathaniel Hall will be leading a workshop about telling your own story in written and performative contexts.
It’s the March edition of the Food and Drink Guide to Manchester and the North and things are slowly starting to feel more promising. Spring is here, the weather is mostly warming up and in just a few weeks we’ll be allowed to eat and drink outside at venues with outside space.