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Summer listings for Contact

Theatre in a bedsit, queer theatre, and hip hop theatre – all at Contact theatre on upper Oxford Road

Published on May 4th 2010.


Summer listings for Contact

April/May

Until Sat 8 May, 8pm
mats Sat 1 & Thu 6 May, 1.30pm , £10/6
Thu 6: sign language interpretation
Fink On and Contact present:
CRYING IN THE CHAPEL, STRANGEWAYS – AN INSIDE ACCOUNT by Stafford, Coghill and Clarke
Ten years after it was first performed at Contact, Fink On return with theatre that pulls no punches in highlighting the conditions and the treatment of the inmates before, during and after the Strangeways riots of 1990.

Thu 29 to Sat 8 May (not 2 May or 3 May), 8pm £15/13 (includes buffet and disco)
Fri 7 May: BSL interpreted performance
Queer Up North in association with Contact present a Quarantine and Company Fierce production
SUSAN AND DARREN
First seen at Contact in 2006 Susan and Darren returns updated and reinvented at Sacha’s Hotel to kickstart Queer Up North 2010. There will be conversation, devastation, finger food and a disco.

Doin Moon

May

Sat 8 May, 7.30pm, £10/6
For Folk’s Sake & Hobopop present:
THE MAGPIES NEST ON TOUR – THE LONGNOTES, PLASTER OF PARIS & TWELFTH DAY
Winners of BBC Folk Club of the Year 2010, The Magpie’s Nest celebrate their fourth birthday bringing its New Folk, Old Folk and No Folk Tour to Manchester.

Wed 12 to Fri 14 May, various times & prices
FUTUREEVERYTHING CONFERENCE
Astonishing talks and visionary people exploring the latest upgrades to today’s digital culture.

Fri 14 May, 8pm, £5
Contact & FutureEverything present
MOLDOVER
Combining the charisma of a rock star, the mad genius of a basement inventor and the radical inclusiveness of the DIY internet generation, the San Francisco music technologist shows off his aural talent.

Sat 15 May, All day, free
PLAYEVERYTHING
A day of pervasive games and social experiences by Hide&Seek in association with LIFT (London International Festival of Theatre). Part of FutureEverything.

Tue 18 May, all day, free
NATIONAL BEATBOX/VOICE PERCUSSION CONFERENCE
A day-long look at the development of beatboxing and voice percussion in the UK for professionals working with young people.

Tue 18 May, 8pm, £8/5
Contact & Sing Up present:
MOUTH MUSIC
A night of the best in beatboxing with performances from Nu Voices orchestra conducted by NYC legend Kid Lucky; former UK champion Hobbit, Jason Singh, and Bellatrix. Hosted by Baba Israel.

Thu 20 & Fri 21 May, 7.30pm, £10/6
Queer Up North and Development Lab present:
THREE
Chris Goode, Chris Thorpe and Rachael Walton create their own personal response to ‘queer’ as part of Queer Up North’s 18th celebration.

Sat 22 May, 8pm, £10/6
PETER GRIST AND COMPANY
A quartet of exhilarating dance pieces taking a stark look at human relationships and how we live our lives. Part of Queer Up North.

Mon 24 May, 7.30pm, £5
Queer Up North presents:
QUEER QUESTION TIME
Tom Allen hosts a panel including Linda Bellos, Attitude Editor Matthew Todd, Lecturer in Politics and Sexuality Angela Wilson and activist Peter Tatchell.

INSANITYISNT

Wed 26 & Thu 27 May, 8pm, £10/6
Nitro and The Albany present:
DESERT BOY
A musical epic exploring slavery, history and knife crime show through with music ranging from hip hop to slaves songs to rap. Written by Mojisola Adebayo.

Thu 27 May, 7.30pm, £5/3
Contact & Queer Up North present:
OUTSPOKEN
Queer performance poet Dominic Berry hosts a night of alternative voice with headline act Gerry Potter and breakthrough North West lyrical talent.

Sat 29 May, all day, free
UNSUNG FESTIVAL
A festival celebrating the best local artistic talent organized by Unsung magazine, Manchester’s free bi-monthly magazine of unprejudiced poetry, prose and non-fiction. Includes spoken word, exhibitions and live music.

June

Fri 4 June, 7.30pm, £5
GMMAZ presents:
ON TOP OF THE WORLD
GMMAZ celebrates its 10th birthday with a special event showcasing Manchester’s emerging musical talent.

Eat your heart out

Sat 5 June, 8pm, £5
Pride Sports and WomanVision present:
TRAINING RULES
A film looking at Renee Portland who, during 26 years coaching Pennsylvania State University’s basketball team, had three rules: no drinking, no drugs, no lesbians.

Sat 12 June, all day, free
PUSH
A showcase of innovative experimentation and interactive works using new technologies presented by a group of emerging new media artists from The Manchester College.

Wed 16 & Thu 17 June, 7.30pm, £8/5
Liz Carr presents:
IT HASN’T HAPPENED YET
Spiky disability-led comedy from Alex Saunders as she navigates her way through the minefields of disability and comedy with wheelchair and alter-ego in tow.

Sat 19 June, 7.30pm, £5
PLAYBACK: THE VISUAL REMIX
An evening of improvisational theatre performed by Contact’s own Playback company with special guest Playback NYC and co-founder Paul McIssac.

Thu 24 June, 8pm, £8/5
INSANITY ISN’T
A B-boy journey into a nightmare of financial crises, media propaganda and religious fanaticism by performer Rudi Goblen.

Fri 25 & Sat 26, 7.30pm, £8/5
10p Mix Up presents:
WORKING TITLE
A quirky exploration of British and Indian culture where The Beatles jostle with Bhangra and laddoos and toffees are washed down with cocktails of lassi and stout. A taster event for Contacting the World 2010.

Now Vs Now

July

Thu 1 to Sat 3 July, 7.30pm, £8/5
LiveAMP presents:
DOIN’ MOON
A newly freed man explores his soul, inspired by the passing of the moon. A unique mix of spoken word, cello, cajon and live vocals.

Fri 2 July, 8pm, £10/6
Contact, Band on the Wall & Mind on Fire present:
NOW VS NOW at Band on the Wall
Direct from New York electro-groove trio Jason Linder (keyboard), Mark Guiliana (drums) and Panagiotis Andreou (bass) present their Bob Power mixed debut album. Hosted by Baba Israel.

Fri 2 July, 8pm, £10/6
EAT YOUR HEART OUT
Politically charged cabaret with Scottee (Queer Contact) and the best in avant-garde performance. Suitable for ages 18+.

Fri 9 & Sat 10 July, various times and prices
Apples & Snakes presents:
WORDCUP2010
Bringing together young poets and MCs from across the country in celebration of the spoken word.

It's Like He's Knocking

Fri 9 July, 8pm, £5
THE MANAGER’S MATCH
A lyrical friendly showing off the verbal dexterity and skill of poets from across the country.

Sat 10 July, 7pm, £5
THE NATIONAL YOUNG PEOPLE’S SLAM FINAL
Nine cities. Nine teams. One cup. England’s finest young premiership poets go head-to-head in a poetical play off. Hosted by Jacob Sam-La Rose.

Thu 15 & Sun 18 July, 7.30pm, £tbc
IT’S LIKE HE IS KNOCKING
An off-site production
Leo Kay’s new solo show uses intimate story telling, dance theatre and Afro Brazilian percussion to explore migration, ancestry and coincidence.

Mon 19 to Sun 25, various times & prices
CONTACTING THE WORLD
A unique festival created by young people from across the globe. Experience dynamic performance styles and stories alongside an explosive mix of workshops, discussions and open mic events.

It Hasn’t Happened Yet

August

Thu 26 Aug, 7.30pm, £3/2
Contact and Manchester Pride present:
OUTSPOKEN
Contact joins the Manchester Pride celebrations with a special edition of Outspoken with Dominic Berry.

Thu 26 to Sat 28 Aug, times tbc, free
CYAC SUMMER SHOW
A very special Contact Young Actor’s Company show at Manchester Museum.

Contact Theatre, Oxford Road, 0161 274 0600, www.contact-theatre.org

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