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Contact
Oxford Road, Manchester, Lancashire, M15 6JA
  • Telephone 0161 274 0600
  • Box office times Mon–Sat 10am–6pm
  • Website www.contactmcr.com
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Aakash Odedra Company: #JeSuis (In Progress)

The exciting and innovative Aakash Odedra Company is building an international ensemble incorporating talented young Turkish contemporary dancers. Using a fusion of styles #JeSuis (In Progress) explores personal stories of conflict, media manipulation, displacement and identity. What makes home when millions are on the…

Tue 10 Oct

£10 (£6) / 0161 274 0600

  • 19:30 – 21:30

Wed 11 Oct

£10 (£6) / 0161 274 0600

  • 19:30 – 21:30

Thu 12 Oct

£10 (£6) / 0161 274 0600

  • 19:30 – 21:30

Arts Award Drop (Summer

Weekly, Free. Ages 13 – 25. Wed, 5pm – 6.30pm, 17 May – 12 Jul. Work your way through Bronze, Silver and Gold Arts Awards to explore the arts, develop your skills and become a creative leader.

Wed 28 Jun

0161 274 0600

  • 17:00 – 18:30

Wed 5 Jul

0161 274 0600

  • 17:00 – 18:30

Wed 12 Jul

0161 274 0600

  • 17:00 – 18:30

Cheryl Martin - Who Wants To Live Forever?

One woman’s life-long love for Billie Holiday’s music, for the stars, and for her lost baby brother. Who Wants To Live Forever? is about camping holidays and friendship; about learning how to sing so that you can sing to the stars; about loss and memory, and turning memory into myths of Amazon princesses sailing the…

Fri 17 Nov

£12 (£8) / 0161 274 0600

  • 19:30 – 21:30

Sat 18 Nov

£12 (£8) / 0161 274 0600

  • 17:00 – 19:00

Christopher Brett Bailey: Kissing The Shotgun Goodnight

A neo-noir fever dream and 120 decibel suicide note: a juggernaut of musictheatre that eschews conventional narrative in favour of broken words, futurist soundscapes and dark psychedelia.

Wed 4 Oct

£13 (£7) / 0161 274 0600

  • 20:00 – 22:00

Thu 5 Oct

£13 (£7) / 0161 274 0600

  • 20:00 – 22:00

Contact and Slung Low: The Siege Of Christmas

Directed by Alan Lane. Back by popular demand! Starting outside the main doors of Contact, and roaming throughout our unique castle-y building, The Siege of Christmas is an immersive theatrical adventure for young audiences and the taller people that look after them. Can you help rescue The Spirit of Christmas?

Wed 13 Dec

£13 (£7) / 0161 274 0600

  • 18:00 – 20:00

Thu 14 Dec

£13 (£7) / 0161 274 0600

  • 18:00 – 20:00

Fri 15 Dec

£13 (£7) / 0161 274 0600

  • 18:00 – 20:00
…and 2 more dates until 20 Dec

Contact Double Bill - Guillem Mont De Palol And Jorge Dutor & Enis Turan

A double bill of performances Grand Applause - Guillem Mont de Palol & Jorge Dutor (ES) A unique and startling 'performed exhibition', where mavericks Mont de Palol and Dutor take us on an extraordinary visual journey through some uniqe landscapes, accompanied by a guest Manchester choir and the western…

Wed 5 Jul

£8–£12 / 0161 274 0600

Contact Young Company: 15 Minutes

Over 12s. 15 Minutes is a Warhol-fuelled journey into the world of pop art and cultural icons. Warhol once said ‘In the future everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes’. Using live performance, video and sound the award-winning Contact Young Company find out if he was right.

Wed 26 Jul

£13 (£7) / 0161 274 0600

  • 19:30 – 21:30

Thu 27 Jul

£13 (£7) / 0161 274 0600

  • 19:30 – 21:30

Fri 28 Jul

£13 (£7) / 0161 274 0600

  • 19:30 – 21:30

Sat 29 Jul

£13 (£7) / 0161 274 0600

  • 19:30 – 21:30

Contact Young Company Auditions

Weekly, Free. Ages 15 – 25. Next Auditions: 13 & 14 Sep, 6pm – 8pm.

Wed 13 Sep

0161 274 0600

  • 18:00 – 20:00

Thu 14 Sep

0161 274 0600

  • 18:00 – 20:00

Dickie Beau: Re-member Me

When award-winning performer and lip-synch maestro Dickie Beau realised he might never play the Dane, he decided instead to turn himself into a human Hamlet mix-tape. To channel great audio recordings of theatre’s most famous role and "re-member" the ghosts of Hamlet from the past. Then he got distracted on the way…

Tue 28 Nov

£15 (£10) / 0161 274 0600

  • 20:00 – 22:00

Wed 29 Nov

£15 (£10) / 0161 274 0600

  • 20:00 – 22:00

FLARE17: Grand Applause / Beauty and the Beast

Over 15s - contains nudity. we are not selling this event - book through FLARE An extraordinary on-stage exhibition, re-fashioned as the opera Carmen, complete with real live chorus.

Wed 5 Jul

£12 (£8) / 0161 274 0600

  • 20:00 – 22:00

FLARE17: Louisa Claughton Workshop

14+ age limit, but no experience necessary

Wed 28 Jun

0161 274 0600

  • 16:30 – 18:30

FLARE17: Ryan O’Shea Workshop

A workshop exploring the initial stages of devising theatre using improvised movement. In the workshop the craft of playing will be placed at the forefront and a series of different games will help warm up are bodies, synchronise ourselves with others and to start working as a collective. Games will develop into…

Fri 30 Jun

0161 274 0600

  • 16:30 – 18:30

FS2017: Desiree Burch - This Is Evolution

Our 30s are a decade of adjusted expectations, growing wisdom, diminishing relevance and drinking yourself to sleep on top of a pile of selfhelp books. This high-octane hour of stand-up comedy straddles the profound and the profane - exploring sex, death, relationships, race, body image and social change.

Sat 4 Nov

£10 (£6) / 0161 274 0600

  • 20:30 – 22:30

FS2017: Jackie Hagan - Jumble Soul

From the award-winning creator of Some People Have Too Many Legs comes a new show featuring the real voices of proper skint disabled people about the complicated weirdness of being human. Expect audience interaction, poetic comedy, comedic poetry and one underclass amputee steering everything.

Fri 27 Oct

£13 (£7) / 0161 274 0600

  • 20:30 – 22:30

Sat 28 Oct

£13 (£7) / 0161 274 0600

  • 20:30 – 22:30

FS2017: Kate O'Donnell - You've Changed

It’s 14 years since Kate O’Donnell transitioned and a lot has changed. However, where gender is concerned, are we still stuck in the dark ages?

Fri 10 Nov

£16 (£11) / 0161 274 0600

  • 20:00

Sat 11 Nov

£16 (£11) / 0161 274 0600

  • 20:00

FS2017: Sheyda Darab - Treasuries Of Mysteries

Combining her own spoken word and the 12th century poem The Treasury of Mysteries by Iranian poet Nizami Ganjavi, Amsterdam Hip Hop theatre maker Sheyda Darab is out to start a dialogue with herself and her public. She invites us to look for treasure - in still images, slow motion, storytelling, music and explosive dance…

Tue 31 Oct

£11 (£6) / 0161 274 0600

  • 20:30

Wed 1 Nov

£11 (£6) / 0161 274 0600

  • 20:30

Future Fires: Short Course

Future Fires Short Course is a two day course designed to help you develop ideas for arts projects in your community. You will gain new skills to kick start your creative project and learn from others who have been through the process.

Wed 9 Aug

0161 274 0600

  • 11:00 – 17:00

Thu 10 Aug

0161 274 0600

  • 11:00 – 17:00

Le Gateau Chocolat: Duckie

Family-friendly glamour and glitz takes centre stage as critically acclaimed cabaret star Le Gateau Chocolat breaks out of his shell in his first work for children, a reimagining of The Ugly Duckling

Tue 24 Oct

£13 (£7) / 0161 274 0600

  • 19:00 – 21:00

Wed 25 Oct

£13 (£7) / 0161 274 0600

  • 19:00 – 21:00

Jinkx Monsoon & Major Scales: The Vaudevillians

After selling out an often-extended Off-Broadway run and an Australian tour, RuPaul’s Drag Race winner Jinkx Monsoon arrives at Contact Theatre with The Vaudevillians, a bawdy, rowdy musical comedy co-starring composer and musician Major Scales.

Thu 7 Dec

£25 (£20) / 0161 274 0600

  • 20:00 – 21:10

Fri 8 Dec

£25 (£20) / 0161 274 0600

  • 20:00 – 21:10

Sat 9 Dec

£25 (£20) / 0161 274 0600

  • 20:00 – 21:10

Level Up: Music Project (Summer

Weekly, Free. Ages 13 – 30. Tue, 6pm – 9pm, 30 May – 18 Jul. Audition Only *To apply for Level Up or for more info please contact sammalik@contactmcr.com

Tue 27 Jun

0161 274 0600

  • 18:00 – 21:00

Tue 4 Jul

0161 274 0600

  • 18:00 – 21:00

Tue 11 Jul

0161 274 0600

  • 18:00 – 21:00

Tue 18 Jul

0161 274 0600

  • 18:00 – 21:00

Mawaan Rizwan: Twerk In Progress

Comedy’s most irreverent idiot is back, performing a new concoction of standup, absurd songs and trippy poems with the help of his deadpan musician. A joyous and surreal celebration of the profound meaninglessness of life.

Sat 2 Dec

£10 (£6) / 0161 274 0600

  • 20:00 – 22:00

Media Drop (Summer

Weekly, Free. Ages 13 – 25. Mon, 6pm – 9pm, 8 May – 3 July. MCs, DJs, vocalists, poets and producers! Collaborate, build your skills, share tracks in person and online.

Mon 26 Jun

0161 274 0600

  • 18:00 – 21:00

Mon 3 Jul

0161 274 0600

  • 18:00 – 21:00

MIF17: FlexN Residency

Reggie ‘Regg Roc’ Gray directed one of the big hits of MIF15: FlexN Manchester, a thrilling transatlantic street dance collaboration featuring dancers from Greater Manchester and Reggie’s native New York. Two years on, we’re delighted that Reggie will be returning to the Festival for a residency at Contact, part of a…

Mon 3 Jul

0161 274 0600

  • 10:00 – 12:00
  • 10:00 – 12:00

Tue 4 Jul

0161 274 0600

  • 10:00 – 12:00

Wed 5 Jul

0161 274 0600

  • 10:00 – 12:00
…and 4 more dates until 11 Jul

MIF17: FlexN Welcome

Following the success of FlexN Manchester at MIF15, New York-based choreographer-dancer Reggie ‘Regg Roc’ Gray is returning to Manchester to introduce a group of local dancers to the flexing dance style at this creative residency. Working with local spoken word collective Young Identity, Reggie and the dancers will be…

Tue 11 Jul

0161 274 0600

  • 19:30 – 21:30

Monday Drop (Summer

Weekly, Free. Ages 13 –19. Mon, 6.30pm – 8.30pm, 15 May – 10 Jul. Drop in for drama skills and acting - no experience necc.

Mon 26 Jun

0161 274 0600

  • 18:30 – 20:30

Mon 3 Jul

0161 274 0600

  • 18:30 – 20:30

Mon 10 Jul

0161 274 0600

  • 18:30 – 20:30

Mother's Ruin

A spectacular night of outrageous and fiercely entertaining cabaret mayhem hosted by our glamorous eco warrior Timberlina. Comedy, music, drag, poetry and the unpredictable presented by a top bill of subversive Queer artists from the North West and beyond. Over 18s.

Fri 29 Sep

£12 (£8) / 0161 274 0600

  • 20:00 – 22:00

Powder Keg: Morale Is High (Since We Gave Up)

A fast paced, raucous performance weaving together time travel, intertwining narratives and songs performed live to predict what might happen between now and a future general election in 2022.

Wed 6 Dec

£9 (£6) / 0161 274 0600

  • 19:30

Thu 7 Dec

£9 (£6) / 0161 274 0600

  • 19:30

Fri 8 Dec

£9 (£6) / 0161 274 0600

  • 19:30

RAW [Rhythm and Words]

An open mic for poets, vocalists, and MCs, also featuring the Freestyle Pyramid Competition with quirky prizes.

Mon 26 Jun

0161 274 0600

  • 20:00 – 22:00

Shakespeare Schools Festival

Shakespeare Schools Foundation is proud to present the world’s largest youth drama festival at Contact. Join us for an exhilarating evening of theatre, with a series of unique Shakespeare productions staged by your schools

Thu 9 Nov

£10 (£7) / 0161 274 0600

  • 19:00 – 21:00

Fri 10 Nov

£10 (£7) / 0161 274 0600

  • 19:00 – 21:00

Mon 13 Nov

£10 (£7) / 0161 274 0600

  • 19:00 – 21:00
…and 4 more dates until 17 Nov

Sophie Willan: Branded

Over 14s. Sophie Willan struggles with normal. In this highly anticipated follow up to her 2016 smash hit debut, this brutally honest and gloriously unpredictable breakout star returns to tell us why.

Wed 28 Jun

£13 (£7) / 0161 274 0600

  • 20:00 – 22:00

Thu 29 Jun

£13 (£7) / 0161 274 0600

  • 20:00 – 22:00

Fri 30 Jun

£13 (£7) / 0161 274 0600

  • 20:00 – 22:00

Sat 1 Jul

£13 (£7) / 0161 274 0600

  • 20:00 – 22:00

Uchenna Dance: The Head Wrap Diairies

Three fierce, clever and witty female characters take us through stories of community, heritage, womanhood, friendship, and most importantly; hair. The Head Wrap Diaries celebrates versatility in Afro-hair, diversity amongst black women and empowers ALL women (AND the men in their lives) to embrace their individual beauty.

Wed 22 Nov

£10 (£6) / 0161 274 0600

  • 19:30 – 21:30

Thu 23 Nov

£10 (£6) / 0161 274 0600

  • 19:30 – 21:30

We’re Not Really Here – A Football Opera

A celebration of what it means to be a football fan - the highs, the lows, the chants, the banter and the songs. This unique theatre show puts the fans centre-stage, with the audience watching what only the players get to experience.

Wed 20 Sep

£15 (£10) / 0161 274 0600

  • 19:30 – 21:30

Thu 21 Sep

£15 (£10) / 0161 274 0600

  • 19:30 – 21:30

Fri 22 Sep

£15 (£10) / 0161 274 0600

  • 19:30 – 21:30

Sat 23 Sep

£15 (£10) / 0161 274 0600

  • 14:00 – 16:00
  • 19:30 – 21:30

Why Festival

Contact and Southbank Centre join forces to present the third edition of WHY? What’s Happening for the Young in Manchester, inspired by the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Sat 21 Oct

0161 274 0600

  • 11:00 – 13:00

Young Identity at 6

Weekly, Free. Ages 13 – 25. Every Tuesday. 6pm – 7pm (beginners). 7pm – 9pm (some experience).

Tue 27 Jun

£10 (£7) / 0161 274 0600

  • 18:00 – 20:00

Tue 4 Jul

£10 (£7) / 0161 274 0600

  • 18:00 – 20:00

Tue 11 Jul

£10 (£7) / 0161 274 0600

  • 18:00 – 20:00
…and 2 more dates until 25 Jul

Young Identity (Summer

Weekly, Free. Ages 13 – 25. Every Tuesday. 6pm – 7pm (beginners). 7pm – 9pm (some experience).

Tue 27 Jun

0161 274 0600

  • 19:00 – 21:00

Tue 4 Jul

0161 274 0600

  • 19:00 – 21:00

Tue 11 Jul

0161 274 0600

  • 19:00 – 21:00
…and 2 more dates until 25 Jul

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