Contact

Contact
Oxford Road, Manchester, Lancashire, M15 6JA
  • Box office 0161 274 0600
  • General enquiries 0161 274 0600
  • Box office times Mon–Sat 10am–6pm
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  • Website www.contactmcr.com
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Covid-19 precautions

We are open for public performances, and we are welcoming participants and pre-booked groups/hires to our building. We have measures in place around our building and our staff are committed to helping keep you safe. We will send these out to you before you arrive.

Did you know our famous chimneys are actually creating a natural ventilation system? This means we have no air conditioning and fresh air is constantly flowing naturally around the building making it one of the safest places to visit indoors but we’re also doing lots more to reassure all our visitors during this time.

What we’d like you to do:

In line with government guidelines, anyone entering the building must wear face coverings, unless otherwise exempt. This includes during performances. Children under 11 do not need to wear face-covering but we strongly recommend they do, although this is not a legal requirement. Face coverings aren’t required whilst eating and drinking, though when not, coverings will need to be worn You can read more about government guidelines relating to face coverings for public and staff in public-facing buildings here We are not asking for proof of a negative test or vaccine passports at this time but we do encourage all visitors to take a lateral flow test prior to their visit as an extra precaution. Please note this may not be the case for partner venues during events on location. If the show you are seeing in at another venue please email boxoffice@contactmcr.com for advice. If you have Covid-19 symptoms, have had a recent positive Covid-19 test or you have been told to self-isolate, please do not come to our building, and let us know. We will be happy to rearrange your tickets or offer a full refund. Please wash your hands thoroughly and regularly using our sanitiser stations or soap and water What we’re doing to help keep you safe:

All staff will be wearing face coverings, and face coverings will be mandatory throughout the building Where possible, we’re offering at least one socially distanced performance per show We have hand sanitiser stations throughout the venue We offer e-ticketing so you don’t have to handle tickets We offer full refunds if you’re unable to attend a show due to COVID-19. Please note, we cannot offer refunds or exchanges unless you or a member of your household is experiencing COVID symptoms or has tested positive. Please get in touch with our box office team for help or advice We have parking close by and bike parks right next door to the building you prefer not to take public transport at this time. Please note, Dilworth Street car park barriers have been lowered and, due to a fault with the card reader, the car park won’t be open to the public in the evenings until this is fixed. Cecil Street remains open for all. If you’re participating in a project:

All participants over the age of 11 are now required to wear face coverings in workshops and any other activities indoors, as do the facilitators and any staff or volunteers in line with National Youth Agency guidelines
Last updated: 22 January 2022

Contact

Events at this venue

There are 29 events at this location

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Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the information displayed here is accurate, always check with the venue before attending (especially during the Covid-19 pandemic).

BAC Beatbox Academy: Frankenstein

The BAC Beatbox Academy present an electrifying hour of song, soundscape and beatbox – all live, all made from the mouth. Through original music and spoken word the cast ask, in 2021, how to make a monster.

Tue 10 May

£20 / 0161 274 0600

  • 19:00

Wed 11 May

£20 / 0161 274 0600

  • 19:00

Thu 12 May

£20 / 0161 274 0600

  • 19:00
…and 2 more dates until 14 May

Between Tiny Cities

A fascinating, mesmerising dance dialogue about two cultures colliding. In Between Tiny Cities, dancers Erak Mith, from Phnom Penh, and Aaron Lim, from Darwin, use the rituals, movement styles and language of their shared hip-hop culture to reveal the dramatically different worlds that surround them and uncover the…

Thu 10 Feb

Prices to be confirmed / 0161 274 0600

  • 20:00 – 20:40

Fri 11 Feb

Prices to be confirmed / 0161 274 0600

  • 20:00 – 20:40

Sat 12 Feb

Prices to be confirmed / 0161 274 0600

  • 20:00 – 20:40

Between Tiny Cities

A fascinating, mesmerising dance dialogue about two cultures colliding. In Between Tiny Cities, dancers Erak Mith, from Phnom Penh, and Aaron Lim, from Darwin, use the rituals, movement styles and language of their shared hip-hop culture to reveal the dramatically different worlds that surround them and uncover the…

Tue 10 May

£18 / 0161 274 0600

  • 20:00

Wed 11 May

£18 / 0161 274 0600

  • 20:00

Thu 12 May

£18 / 0161 274 0600

  • 20:00

The Bitten Peach

The UK’s only Pan-Asian cabaret collective comes to Contact! We’re so excited to bring The Bitten Peach – “a sparkling collection of drag/cabaret/burlesque nights by and for the queer Pan-Asian community” – to Contact in 2022. Nominated for “Best Collective” for QX Cabaret Award in 2019, The Bitten Peach is the UK’s only…

Sat 19 Feb

Times to be confirmed / £8–£15 / 0161 274 0600

The Bitten Peach

The UK's only Pan-Asian cabaret collective comes to Contact! We're so excited to bring The Bitten Peach – "a sparkling collection of drag/cabaret/burlesque nights by and for the queer Pan-Asian community" – to Contact in 2022. Nominated for "Best Collective" for QX Cabaret Award in 2019, The Bitten Peach is the UK's only…

Sat 19 Feb

£15 / 0161 274 0600

  • 16:00
  • 21:00

The Bread We Break

The Bread We Break attempts to piece together fragments from an untold history. Drawing on her Egyptian heritage, Miray Sidhom explores the role of bread in Egypt's suppressed history of political uprising in The Bread We Break. Weaving together memories of a childhood in Cairo, frank conversations with her mother, and…

Thu 24 Mar

Prices to be confirmed / 0161 274 0600

  • 19:30

Fri 25 Mar

Prices to be confirmed / 0161 274 0600

  • 19:30

Sat 26 Mar

Prices to be confirmed / 0161 274 0600

  • 19:30
…and 5 more dates until 31 Mar

Ell and Mary - Fitter

Through singing, dancing, and f*cking around in crap drag, Ell and Mary write a love letter to masculinity. A rugby ball’s soft, a hockey stick’s hard, what does that make me?’ – Boy, 12 Hello, we’re Ell and Mary. We’re ex-girlfriends and bisexuals and we’re a bit bummed out by boys. Three years ago we interviewed women…

Wed 16 Feb

£15 / 0161 274 0600

  • 19:30

Emma Frankland - Hearty

Hearty is about how we can be prepared for the challenges of modern trans existence. “We Are a Hearty Sisterhood” We must bury our knowledge until the apocalypse passes. Bearing wings made of sharp knives and shooting fireballs into the air, Emma tackles the current media fascination with trans lives and interrogates the…

Thu 17 Feb

£15 / 0161 274 0600

  • 19:30

The Enby Show with Davina De Campo

Put on your best non-binary finery, and prepare to experience enby envy like never before! Featuring the creme-de-la-thems of enby (non-binary) performers, The Enby Show, described as “electric, unique and vibrant”, is a gender-bending variety show that bins the binary and crashes the cis-tem. You can expect live singing…

Sat 12 Feb

£25 / 0161 274 0600

  • 19:30

The Family Vogue Ball

Dress your finest, come learn the moves – then take to the floor… Welcome to The Family Vogue Ball! Part theatre show, part vogue ball: glamour, glitz and grace come together in a fabulous celebration of self-expression. Join us as four houses go head to head in an epic vogue ball for all the family. A performer from each…

Sun 13 Feb

£7.50 / 0161 274 0600

  • 14:00

Glamrou

Muslim drag sensation Glamrou takes us from the depths of hell to the zenith of Islamic paradise. After a sell out run in London, Glamrou brings this hilarious and exhilarating solo show to Contact! Muslim drag sensation Glamrou takes us from the depths of hell to the zenith of Islamic paradise, saying the things that no…

Tue 15 Feb

£20 / 0161 274 0600

  • 19:30

House of Ghetto presents: The Black Pride Manchester Vogue Ball

We’re taking it back to the origins of the Black queer vogue scene, hosted by the legendary Rikki Beadle-Blair! Featuring the fiercest QTIBIPoC (Queer, Trans, Intersex, Black, Indigenous, People of Colour) vogue houses in the north, expect all the energy of an authentic vogue ball, set in the pounding club environment of…

Sat 11 Jun

0161 274 0600

  • 18:30

House of Suarez + Contact: Vogue Ball 2022

Dubbed club culture meets high art, the Vogue Ball has become a key annual event in Queer Contact. House of Suarez's legendary annual Vogue Ball is returning to Manchester with a 2022 theme of Night at the Poseum, with performances inspired by treasures from around the globe currently on display in museums throughout the…

Fri 18 Feb

£20 / 0161 274 0600

  • 19:00

Jinkx Monsoon and Major Scales: Together Again, Again

This show is on sale to Contact Members from Mon 6 December at 12pm, and on General Sale from Tues 7 December 2021 12pm It’s been forty-five years since Jinkx Monsoon and Major Scales have set foot on stage together. The long-endured cabaret duo have long since gone their separate ways; Jinkx becoming a faded TV movie…

Fri 6 May

£25 / 0161 274 0600

Sat 7 May

£25 / 0161 274 0600

Monday Mic Night

Founded in 2002, Monday Mic Night is a monthly open mic night for singers, rappers, poets and spoken word artists with guests and industry contacts attending regularly. Featuring rap battles, rap games such as the famous Freestyle Pyramid Competition with quirky and cash prizes, this is a free event for all.

Mon 7 Feb

0161 274 0600

  • 18:30 – 21:00

Mon 7 Mar

0161 274 0600

  • 18:30 – 21:00

Mon 4 Apr

0161 274 0600

  • 18:30 – 21:00

News News News

A television news show made by children for adults, recorded in front of a studio audience and broadcast live on the internet. This is the news. This is what’s happening. We have our eyes on the city and our fingers on the pulse. In frightening times we are here to reassure you, through the good news and the bad, a…

Sat 5 Mar

£15 / 0161 274 0600

  • 18:00

Outbox Theatre – Groove FM workshop

Groove FM will bring together queer people from across the generations to discuss the music that has moved and moulded, transformed and transported, forged friendships and loves, and brought us together on dance floors and in the streets. Outbox Theatre are making Groove FM, a project that will travel the UK to platform…

Sat 19 Feb

0161 274 0600

  • 17:00

Palaver Party

Palaver Party is a space where everyone is free to be whoever they want to be. Palaver Party are bringing all their most glittery and colourful friends to throw a fabulous performance party for kids (and their grown-ups too!). Palaver Party is a space where everyone is free to be whoever they want to be. Join your host…

Sun 13 Feb

£7.50 / 0161 274 0600

  • 11:00

Pecs: Kings of the North

Join the Kings of Pecs for an evening of swoon-worthy cabaret featuring local guest Kings. The Kings of Pecs are making their Manchester debut with a cabaret extravaganza. Expect to be entertained with slick dance routines, sexy lip-syncs and raucous comedy. We’ll be joined by local guest Kings in a night to celebrate…

Fri 11 Feb

£20 / 0161 274 0600

  • 19:30

Phoebe Frances Brown: The Glad Game

The Glad Game is the story of finding herself in the bleakest of times, of discovering gladness in the saddest of moments and about how who and what you love can pull you through. "You don't have to do much to be an actor; just to be able speak and remember lines. Two very basic things" Phoebe Frances Brown is an actor.

Wed 16 Mar

£18 / 0161 274 0600

  • 19:30

Thu 17 Mar

£18 / 0161 274 0600

  • 19:30

Phoebe Frances Brown: The Glad Game

The Glad Game is the story of finding herself in the bleakest of times, of discovering gladness in the saddest of moments and about how who and what you love can pull you through. “You don’t have to do much to be an actor; just to be able speak and remember lines. Two very basic things” Phoebe Frances Brown is an actor.

Wed 16 Mar

0161 274 0600

  • 19:30 – 20:45

Thu 17 Mar

£10–£18 / 0161 274 0600

Queer as… Expressing Yourself

From 15-18th February at 5pm each day we’ll be inviting sex educators and queer speakers from across the UK to run a series of discussions at Contact as part of our Queer as F**k programme. Our last club meeting of the festival will focus on the intersection of gender and sexuality. The week will end with a Pick Your Own…

Fri 18 Feb

0161 274 0600

  • 17:00

Queer as… Saying Yes

From 15-18th February at 5pm each day we’ll be inviting sex educators and queer speakers from across the UK to run a series of discussions at Contact as part of our Queer as F**k programme. Thursday starts with a workshop exploring consent, and the importance of informed consent to relationships of all kinds. Afterwards…

Thu 17 Feb

£15 / 0161 274 0600

  • 17:00

Queer as… The Body

From 15-18th February at 5pm each day we’ll be inviting sex educators and queer speakers from across the UK to run a series of discussions at Contact as part of our Queer as F**k programme. Today’s talk explores body neutrality and self-acceptance – how can loving our own skin help us have healthy relationships (including…

Wed 16 Feb

0161 274 0600

  • 17:00

Queer as… The Curriculum

From 15-18th February at 5pm each day we’ll be inviting sex educators and queer speakers from across the UK to run a series of discussions at Contact as part of our Queer as F**k programme. Join us for a panel discussion exploring the history of sex education, the situation right now, and how we can do it better – with…

Tue 15 Feb

0161 274 0600

  • 17:00

Queer Joy and Radical Acts

Greater Manchester LGBTQ+ Arts and Culture Network Conference 2022 LGBTQ+ artist, creative, company, community group, producer, programmer, venue or festival? Join LGBT Foundation, Greater Manchester LGBTQ+ Arts and Culture Network, and LGBTQ+ creatives from across the UK for a day of discussion, provocation and…

Thu 10 Feb

0161 274 0600

  • 11:00

Scratch

Scratch is a day of performances exploring bisexual bliss, working-class transmasculinity, LGBTQ+ mental health and queer desire. Scratch will see tantalising glimpses of new work from a number of queer Manchester based creatives – including the two recipients of the GM LGBTQ+ Arts and Culture Network bursary: Jova and…

Sat 12 Feb

£5 / 0161 274 0600

  • 14:00

Sofie Hagen: Fat Jokes

  • 4 stars

Edinburgh comedy award winner Sofie Hagen presents; Fat Jokes. A show bursting with big jokes and fat punchlines. Sofie returns to her craft of devastatingly brilliant joke writing and storytelling and has created this collection of fat jokes and unforgettable moments that you can laugh at without feeling like sh*t. Come…

Fri 23 Sep

£17 / 0161 274 0600

  • 19:30

Untold Orchestra - Queer Icons

Come down and boogie to a modern orchestral take on the work of queer icons! This February, we’re so excited to celebrate the music and lives of Queer icons of the past 50 years! The Untold Orchestra is a Manchester-based collaborative orchestra aiming to redefine the role of an orchestra in the 21st century. They seek to…

Sat 19 Feb

£20 / 0161 274 0600

  • 19:30