Contact Theatre, Oxford Road, Manchester, M15 6JA – Visit Now
It has been almost two decades since Contact Theatre – the strangely turreted arts venue jammed in behind Manchester Academy – signalled the seriousness of its new ethos by changing its name. To reach a new generation of theatre-goers it decided that the prime barrier was the class, race and age connotations of the word theatre itself, so the Contact Theatre became, simply, Contact. For once, a re-branding seemed to inspire genuine change and now the organisation is heralded as holding the blueprint for how arts organisations should engage young people, going from strength-to-strength with its own productions, and creating a place for itself’ in the city’s crowded theatre scene. This is the place to head to for emerging theatre, spoken word, hip hop and digital performance mash-ups, all of it with the sense of energy and urgency that comes with working with young talent.
Contact is currently closed for refurbishment, but the organisation has continued their brilliant work with pop-up performances across Manchester.
Services and Facilitiestheatre, cafe/lounge bar
AccessibilityWheelchair access to all public areas
Commercial and hire servicesPrivate hire available
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Please note – many of the venues on our site will be closed and events either postponed or cancelled. Please check the venue website for details.