Monthly Archives: June 2016

Unexpected Items

Unexpected Items (Tales from Bury Market) is an audio based theatre tour of Bury Market, co-produced by Contact and Re:Con, Contact’s young programming and producing team.  It’s a very effective piece of audio theatre. Over 35 minutes we walk along our own route through the open market, the audio on headphones.  We hear stallholders talking… Continue Reading →

Manchester Histories

Manchester Histories Festival ran from 3 to 12 June, and amongst all the excellent events celebrating Manchester’s past was a surprising amount of theatre and music.  Two pieces of note were Maxine Peake and No Power on Earth. Maxine Peake spoke at Manchester Town Hall about Ordinary Individuals Doing Extraordinary Things, based on her radio… Continue Reading →


Bird is the fourth and final play from the 2013 Bruntwood Prize award, following Yen, Rolling Stone, and So Here We Are.  Written by Katherine Chandler, Bird tells the story of almost-16 year old Ava who is about to leave the care home she entered three years earlier, but can neither leave her friends nor persuade her… Continue Reading →

Works Ahead

Works Ahead from Word of Warning and Contact showcases four new works from developing artists. Split into two distinct pairs of performances, this afternoon/evening session very firmly asks the question: What is Theatre? As the boundaries blur, we see personal stories, stand up storytelling and cabaret/physical theatre.   Maybe not what you’d regard as traditional ‘theatre’, but compelling… Continue Reading →

The Art of Success

So it’s the last performance of 2015/16 from MMU’s Manchester School of Theatre, and it’s in HOME’s main theatre space. Nick Dear’s The Art of Success is a tricky play.  At times simply bawdy, at other times pronouncing on the uneasy relationship between art, money and censorship, and covering themes of feminism and desire, this… Continue Reading →