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Contact Theatre listings

Find out what's happening at Oxford Road's strange-shaped, young people's theatre

Published on February 11th 2010.


Contact Theatre listings

February

Thu 4 to Sat 13 Feb, 7.30pm, £10/6 (Thu 4: preview £5)
Tue 9 & Thu 11, 1.30pm,
Thu 11: post-show talk
Pen-ultimate, The Albany and Contact present
A NIGHT ON THE TILES
A spoken-word story that lifts the veil on the seedy world of underground, high-stakes gangster Scrabble! Directed by Montserrat Gili (Dende Collective) with dramaturgy from US hip-hop pioneer, Will Power.

Sat 6 Feb, 11pm to 4am, £10
COMMUNITY
NY-style-dance-music party hosted by Irfan Rainy featuring special guest Black Coffee.

Tue 9 to Sat 13 Feb, various times
QUEER CONTACT – PART OF LGBT HISTORY MONTH
A celebration of queer cabaret, film, music, spoken word and performance including HBO Def Poetry Jam favourite, Regie Cabico; the new film version of Rikki Beadle-Blair’s FIT; Switchflicker Records and Dominic Berry.

Sat 13 Feb, 8pm, £12/6
David Hoyle presents
FORWARD INTO BATTLE IN THE NAME OF LOVEForget the hearts and flowers, join the inimitable David Hoyle and guests for a unique take on unconventional, unconditional love and its trappings.

STILL BREATHING Feb 16

Tue 16 Feb, 8pm, £10/6
2Faced Dance Company present:
STILL BREATHING
Stunning athleticism, explosive abstract breaking and masculine vulnerability combine in an all-male piece set to an electrifyingly intense and specially commissioned score.

Wed 27 to Fri 19 Feb, 7.30pm, £8/5
BURNT by Conor McKee, directed by Wyllie Longmore
A drama that tests the limits of love and friendship and explores the secret bargain at the heart of every relationship.

Thu 18 Feb, 5pm to 6.30pm, FREE
BURNT: WRITING WORKSHOP

INDUS Feb 19

Fri 19 Feb, 8pm, £12/6
INDUS
Indus brings together four instrumentalists with roots in diverse musical genres, including Indian, Western and Jazz. Dramatic tabla beats, exquisite flute phrases, rhythmic santoor patterns and lyrical sitar tones. Indus is Mohamed Assani (Sitar), John Ball (Santoor), Henrik Linnemann (Flute), Shahbaz Hussain (Tabla).
Plus pre-show MAKING MUSIC, 6pm, FREE (with show ticket)
Indus share their trade secrets about how they create new music. Audience members will have the chance to join the group in building Indian-influenced rhythms and melodies. No musical background required.

Sat 20 Feb, 8pm, £5
MIXED MOVEMENT
Launch event: A special Mixed Movement featuring renowned Indian classical dancer Kanchan Maradan, with a Carnival Brazil after-party.

Thu 25 Feb, 7.30pm, £8/5
PLAYBACK CONTACT
Improvisational theatre, music, movement and freestyle hip hop, hosted by Baba Israel.

Sat 27 Feb, 7.30pm, £8/5
KIRSTY MCGEE & THE HOBOPOP COLLECTIVE: NO.5 ALBUM LAUNCH
Following their sold out album recording at Contact and international winter tour, Kirsty
McGee & the Hobopop Collective return to launch the album created here.

March

Wed 3 to Sat 13 Mar, 8pm, £10/6 (Wed 3 preview: £5)
Thu 11: sign language interpretation & post-show playback
20 Stories High, Contact & The Birmingham Repertory Company present:
GHOST BOY
Jamal’s life changes forever after an “incident” on the back field. He holds a deep, dark secret…The secret of….Ghost Boy. Fusing grime, dubstep, ska, puppetry, hip-hop theatre, street art and dance, Ghost Boy is an anarchic, energetic and challenging piece of theatre.

GHOST BOY Mar 3 to 13

Sat 6 Mar, 11pm to 4am, £8
COMMUNITYNY-style-dance-music party hosted by Irfan Rainy featuring special guest Matthew Bandy.

Thu 11 Mar, 7.30pm, £5
PLAY SPACE THE BETA TEST
An evening exploring the collision of live performance and video games, hosted by Baba Israel: There will be a call for proposals and a prize of £500 to develop new work.

Thu 18 to Sat 20 Mar, 8pm, £10/6
Thu 18: post-show talk
WHY I DON’T HATE WHITE PEOPLE, written & performed by Lemn Sissay
A whirlwind tour of one man’s life. The child of an unlikely liaison between Ethiopia, Eritrea and Wigan social services, Lemn Sissay grew up in the small villages of Lancashire. Now he presents the most serious of subjects through a journey of mental gymnastics and laughter.

WHY I DON'T HATE WHITE PEOPLE Mar 18 to 20

Mon 22 to Fri 26 Mar
The University of Manchester presents:
THE PALAVAR FESTIVAL

Mon 22 & Tue 23, 7.30pm, £8/5
Middle Eastern Studies present:
THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING AMY, ROBERT, RAFI, TAMMI

Tue 23 to Thu 25, 8pm, £8/5
The German Society presents:
SONNENALLEE

Tue 23, 10pm, £8/5
Italian Studies presents:
BACK TO THE FUTURE: RETURN OF THE FUTURISTS

Wed 24 to Fri 26, 7.30pm, £8/5
The French students presents:
LA CANTATRICE CHAUVE (The Bald Prima Donna)

Wed 24 to Fri 26 Mar
TOWER OF BABEL
Curated by Community Arts North West
A three-day celebration of multilingual performance by the many voices of Greater Manchester including:

Wed 24, 10pm, FREE
FILM JAM
A showcase of short films by aspiring film-makers and Manchester’s most talented video & sound artists.

Thu 25, 10pm, FREE
EXODUS CABARET
Latin American beats, African rhythms, Asian sounds and cutting edge rap in Arabic, French, Bangla & more.

Fri 26, 8pm, £tbc
Kurdistan Art & Culture in partnership with Exodus present
A CELEBRATION OF KURDISH CULTURE
First performance by Kurdish vocal group Sulemanya alongside new theatre exploring the lives of Kurdish women and home an in exile.

April

Thu 1 Apr, 8pm, £8/5
ACTING UP
Comedy duo Ashley J (Eastenders) & Tee-J (CBBC’s Kerching) host a live improvised comedy game show, where YOU are in the judges’ seat. Umpired by DJ Joe Grime, two teams of performers go head to head creating comica lversions of songs, adverts and well known films from audience suggestions. Join us for the show where even the cast don’t know the ending!

Sat 3 Apr, 11pm to 4am, £10
COMMUNITY
DJ Irfan Rainy celebrates the 2nd birthday of his NY-style-dance-party shindig.

Thu 8 to Sat 10 Apr, 8pm, £10/6
CYAC SPRING SHOW
Celebrating the life of playwright, director and Contacting The World founder Noel Grieg. Directed by Kully Thiari.

Thu 15 to Sat 17 Apr, 8pm, £10/6
THE REBEL CELL
Described as 8 Mile meets 1984 this multi-award winning, politically-charged comedy is also an experimental new form of hip-hop performance starring rappers Baba Brinkman and Dizraeli.

Thu 15 Apr, 7.30pm, £8/5
Kelly Roberts presents:
WAT’S SO FUNNY?
A night of comedy featuring Dave Twentyman.

Fri 23 & Sat 24, 7.30pm, £10/6
Fri 23: post-show talk
Sat 24: audio-described performance and sign language interpretationFittings Multimedia Arts, Sounds of Progress and Tron Theatre presents:
RASPBERRY
Inspired by the life and songs of Ian Dury, Raspberry is a juicily gothic piece of music theatre that muses on the idea of perfection and perfectability.

Sat 24 Apr, 1 to 3pm, FREE (with show ticket)
RASPBERRY VISUAL ART WORKSHOP
Using mix media including projection and audionarrative to explore what we see as ‘perfection’ and ‘perfectability’ in our modern lives.

Wed 28 & Thu 29 Apr, 7.30pm, £8/5
Thu 29: post-show talk
Just Add Water present:
WHY ME? By Ben Moores
As we get older we settle in to a life of monotony, rules and apathy and the child inside us stops asking why? Why Me? brings back our childish inquisitiveness and sense of wonder, exploring the pressure to conform and the difficulty of choice.

CRYING IN THE CHAPEL, STRANGEWAYS – AN INSIDE ACCOUNT Apr 26 to May 8

Mon 26 to Sat 8 May, 8pm
mats Sat 1 & Thu 6 May, 1.30pm , £10/6 (Mon 26 & Tue 27: £5 preview)
Thu 6: sign language interpretation
Thu 29 Apr & Thu 6 May
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.

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

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