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Ahilan Ratnamohan - Micheal Essien I Want To Play As You
Six West-African footballers invite an audience into their world of training, politics, visas and contracts. Michael Essien I want to play as you… is a football-dance-theatre performance exploring the line between hope and desperation for young African footballers in Europe.
Fri 24 Mar
£10–£15 / 0161 274 0600
Arts Award Drop
Weekly, Free. Ages 13 – 25. 18 Jan – 8 Mar. Work your way through Bronze, Silver and Gold Arts Awards to explore the arts, develop your skills and become a creative leader.
Contact Young Company Auditions
Daniel Hellmann - Traumboy
Daniel is a sex worker. In the solo performance Traumboy *he reports on his experiences as a male prostitute. Without shame, honestly and interactively, *Traumboy questions the double standards of our capitalistic and hypersexualized society.
Future Theatre: Offside
Inspired by the extraordinary experiences of real female footballers, Offside tells the story of two modern professional female footballers as they seek to find a future in the game, through exploring its past.
Sat 22 Apr
The Great Debate: LGBT Mayoral Hustings
12+ How will Greater Manchester's first elected mayor tackle the issues affecting you? Join Gaydio's Emma Goswell as she quizzes the candidates in an evening of lively debate, coinciding with the launch of the Never Going Underground Exhibition at PHM.
Hetain Patel - American Man
American Man imagines a not too distant future where celebrity power and political correctness have reached new heights; where Barack Obama’s post Presidential job is the new head of Apple computers and where Stephen Hawking provides live translation for political speeches and rap concerts. Combining seamless vocal and…
I told my Mum I was going on an R.E. trip…
With 1 in 3 women having had an abortion ‘I Told My Mum I Was Going On An R.E. trip…’explores what seems to be one of society's last taboos. A multi-talented young female ensemble use verbatim text, live music, beats and rhyme to portray the stories of real women who’ve experienced pregnancy and abortion. This funny…
Imani Jendai: SpeechLess
Over 12s. A one-woman dance show that tells a story which is at once personal and universal.
Level Up: Music Project
Weekly, Free. Ages 13 – 25. Tue, 6pm – 9pm, 17 Jan – 7 Mar. By audition only
Made in India
Satinder Chohan's contemporary drama about three women who meet in a surrogacy clinic in Gujarat.
Weekly, Free. Ages 13 – 25. Mon, 6pm – 9pm, 23 Jan – 13 Mar. MCs, DJs, vocalists, poets and producers! Collaborate, build your skills, share tracks in person and online.
Weekly, Free. Ages 13 – 19. Mon, 6.30pm – 8.30pm, 16 Jan – 6 Mar. Drop in and learn from professional performers, actors and directors. No experience necessary.
Cabaret night hosted by Timberlina.
QC17: 201 Dance Company - Smother
Over 12s. Can you stay true to yourself, when everything suggests you change? 201’s raw, contemporary hip-hop returns in Smother: a story of two men’s broken encounter. This groundbreaking production touches on themes of addiction, obsession, and the meaning of commitment. Choreographer Andrea Walker directs a cast of…
QC17: A Queer Revue!
This event will take place at Band on the Wall. Over 18s. A coming together of artists, performers and DJs from Manchester’s celebrated Queer underground. Film, dance, drag, poetry and more are all on the menu. Join us for queer frolics and experimental fun! We encourage artists and audience alike to try something new!
QC17: David Hoyle - Diamond
Over 14s Diamond is an unforgiving queer performance of sexuality and British culture exploring LGBT history from 1957 to 2017 through the personal biography of avant garde performer David Hoyle. Weaving together intimate personal accounts and landmark events, Diamond charts David’s rise from a gay adolescent in…
QC17: FK Alexander - (I could go on singing) over the rainbow
Over 12s. FK Alexander sings live, with accompaniment from Glasgow-based noise band Okishima Island Tourist Association, along to the recording of the last time Judy Garland ever sang Over The Rainbow, four months before her death. Audiences are invited to drop into The Whitworth for a unique one-toone interactive live…
Thu 16 Feb
0161 274 0600
QC17: LGBT Question Time
The LGB&T community are invited to ask a panel of experts, questions for this year’s LGBT Question Time. This is a great opportunity to have your voice heard and to get involved with issues that matter to you.
QC17: Milk presents - Joan
Over 16s. Put your drinks down and your hands together, all the way from Domremy in France (via Soho and 600 years) it’s JOAN! An earthy story of courage, conviction, hope, survival and love, this is Joan of Arc – the world’s first drag king? Packed with guts, heart (and some well placed couscous), JOAN fuses lyrical new…
QC17: Mother’s Ruin
Over 18s 8.30pm start - 8pm doors Satisfy your desire for drag, comedy, music and dance in Mother's welcoming bosom. Hosted by Timberlina with SlapPer and some very special guests
Over 14s A very special showcase of queer spoken word and literature featuring Dean Atta, Maya Chowdhury, Paula Varjack, and more. Hosted by Adam Lowe (Young Enigma).
QC17: Professor Alex Sharpe - Scary Monsters
The hopeful undecidability of David Bowie (1947-2016) Please note: This event will take place at 70 Oxford Road. Over 12s. An afternoon lecture celebrating the life and impact of David Bowie, journeying through the territory of sex, gender and sexuality; and the sacred and the profane. Roll up for the mother of monsters.
QC17: Queer Youth Gathering
Building wide. All ages. An afternoon of discussion, performance, film screenings and visual art to help raise awareness of the issues affecting LGBT+ young people. Young people from across Greater Manchester get together with local organisations, councillors, artists, broadcasters and academics to discuss the issues…
QC17: Trans Creative
Over 14's. A new celebration of transgender performance curated by Kate O’Donnell. Hayley and Me sees Kate O’Donnell take a nostalgic look at trans history and the impact of the classic Corrie character, while Brand New Boy explores the personal and social politics of transitioning and the recent surgery of performer…
RAW [Rhythm and Words]
An open mic for poets, vocalists, and MCs, also featuring the Freestyle Pyramid Competition with quirky prizes.
SICK! '17: Daniel Hellmann - Traumboy
Over 18s. Traumboy questions the double standards of our capitalistic and hypersexualized society. The performer's body turns into a projection surface for fears, fantasies and contradictions. He slips into different roles that he plays for his customers — or for the audience?
SICK! '17: Hetain Patel - American Man
Over 14s. Combining seamless vocal and physical impersonations with his characteristic wit and humour, Hetain Patel presents a dystopian outlook on a world where personal freedom walks hand in hand with guilt.
SICK! '17: On The Couch - Badges chosen / Labels given
In the first of our On The Couch discussions, we ask how much are we are defined by our labels. We all carry these labels of identity: Religion, ethnicity, nationality, gender, sexuality, disability. Some badges we choose: The bands we like, football teams we support, quite literally, the labels we wear? We all struggle…
Wed 8 Mar
£3 / 0161 274 0600
SICK! '17: On The Couch - Illness and Identity
How do we build new stories around ourselves to accommodate our illness and mortality? Do visible illnesses effect people’s sense of identity more than invisible ones, or just differently? What role does diagnosis play? Reflecting on the performance of There Is A Light: BRIGHTLIGHT by Contact Young Company, we present a…
SICK! '17: Theatreclub - The Game
Over 18s. The Game by THEATREclub, explores the act of buying sex and the subculture of prostitution; its rules, its language and its power structures. It is a play that’s also a real-life game, with levels and consequences.
SICK! '17: There Is A Light - Brightlight
Over 12s. An original performance inspired by the findings of BRIGHTLIGHT, the first major study of its kind, There is a Light presents young patients’ perspectives on specialist cancer care in England.
Weekly, Free. Ages 15 – 25. Mon, 7pm – 9pm, 23 Jan – 13 Mar. Develop skills in lighting, sound and technical theatre led by our professional technicians.
Young Identity at 6
Weekly, Free. Ages 13 – 25. Tue, from 10 Jan. 6pm – 7pm (beginners). 7pm – 9pm (some experience). Write, create and perform with Manchester’s premier young spoken word performers.