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REVEALED: HOME Announce Full 2015 Programme

New £25m arts, film and theatre centre at First Street aims to take 'theatrical power to a different level'

Written by . Published on January 15th 2015.

REVEALED: HOME Announce Full 2015 Programme

HOME, Manchester's new £25m international centre for arts, film and theatre, have announced their full programme for 2015.

"In this programme we're hoping to give the audience things they'll never have seen or experienced anywhere else"

The new multi-arts centre - formed through a merger between the Cornerhouse and the Library Theatre Company - has been funded by £19m from Manchester City Council and £5m from the Arts Council and sits at the heart of Ask Property's £500m First Street North regeneration project.

"It is amazing," said HOME's director and chief executive David Moutrey at the launch event, "that in the current climate of austerity, the HOME project is even happening."

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HOME - due to open on Thursday 21 May - boasts a 500-seat theatre, another 150-seat flexible theatre space, five cinema screens, a 500m² 4m high gallery, digital production and broadcast facilities, a cafe, bar and restaurants.

The inaugural programme features some eight theatre productions, four major art exhibitions, three film seasons and two new dance productions including world premieres, international collaborations, new commissions and an ape called Red Peter.

"In this programme we're hoping to give the audience things they'll never have seen or experienced anywhere else," said HOME's arts director, Sarah Perks. “It's a place where artists can create the type of contemporary work that interrogates and illuminates our existence."

Walter Meierjohann And Sarah Perks, Artistic Directors For Theatre And Visual Art At HomeWalter Meierjohann And Sarah Perks, Artistic Directors For Theatre And Visual Art At Home

Highlights of the 2015 include:

- Three HOME theatre productions, including the world première of The Funfair, a new adaptation by Simon Stephens of Ödön von Horváth’s modern European classic Kasimir and Karoline, directed by Walter Meierjohann, which sets the break-up of a youthful romance against the dizzying backdrop of the funfair, The Oresteia, directed by Blanche McIntyre - a radically stripped back version of Aeschylus’ masterpiece ("the Mount Everest of theatre literature", according to Meierjohann), and HOME’s Christmas production Inkheart, the UK première  of a new stage adaptation of the bestselling novel by Cornelia Funke, directed by Walter Meierjohann 

- The theme of the funfair is picked up in The heart is deceitful above all things, a group exhibition exploring break up, heartache and wider disenchantment, co-curated by Sarah Perks and HOME’s Senior Visiting Curator Omar Kholeif.

- A co-commission with Manchester International Festival, details of which will be announced in Spring 2015.

- The World Premiere of The Bad, a new work by Hofesh Shechter & Friends for five dancers from one of the world's leading dance ensembles set to a dark dub step score.

Nanterre-Amandiers, Melancholie Des Dragons - Photo Credit Pierre GrosboisMelancholie Des Dragons - Photo Credit Pierre Grosbois

- The UK première of La Mélancolie des Dragons by HOME’s 2015 international guest artist, Philippe Quesne, presenting a unique cross-art masterpiece combining performance and visual art.  Stranded in a snowy wilderness, five metal heads in a broken car encounter a stranger and begin to build their own version of an amusement park. Wigs, snow spray, bubble machines and gigantic plastic bags are transformed into a visually stunning, humorous world.

- Kafka's Monkey, the 2009 sell-out Young Vic production featuring Olivier Award winner Kathryn Hunter comes to HOME after a hit world tour

- I must first apologise…, a major new exhibition from Beirut-based artists Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige explores the history of online spam and scamming through film, sculpture, photography and installation.

- Pairing Manchester’s finest musicians, including Josephine, GoGo Penguin and Robin Richards, with 20th Century silent films, archive footage and artist film, the first in the Music & Film series of performances. Lonesome combines the immediacy and energy of live performance with the magic the big screen, forming part of an extensive programme of the best in independent UK and international film.

You can see the entire 2015 programme and book tickets at homemcr.org


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25 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

AnonymousJanuary 16th 2015.

I'm surprised they've not opened with low brow productions to attract more of the city's population. The MIF is sometimes criticised for not doing that.

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Calum McGJanuary 16th 2015.

What's wrong with some ambition?

AnonymousJanuary 16th 2015.

Ambition for what?

Calum McGJanuary 21st 2015.

High class productions instead of low brow.

AnonymousJanuary 21st 2015.

The high vs low brow idea is outdated. Art in the modern age comes in many forms and styles to simply categorise into high and low is restraining for the artist.

AnonymousJanuary 21st 2015.

@Above So too is not having an audience!

AnonymousJanuary 16th 2015.

Where is the Cornerhouse 'THEATRE'?

AnonymousJanuary 16th 2015.

HOME’s address is 2 Tony Wilson place!!!! Opinions please!!! A bit cringe or a fitting tribute?

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AnonymousJanuary 16th 2015.

About right I would say. Renaming the airport / a public square would be too much.

DarrenJanuary 16th 2015.

No problem with it. He did a lot for Manchester imo.

AnonymousJanuary 16th 2015.

Can't see this programme filing the theatre spaces. Maybe there will be more accessible pieces to be announced. Hope so. Given it's new position on the edge of the city centre with little in the way of passing footfall, it may struggle. When I walk along Oxford Road to its present site I call in before walking on into the city centre. Can't see me making a detour to the new place before moving on. And I hate the name of the place. Sounds like a furniture store selling cheap sofas.

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AnonymousJanuary 16th 2015.

The positivity on this site warms the cockles.

AnonymousJanuary 16th 2015.

To anonymous above. It's someone's opinion. You may not agree with it but it's still valid. If you don't like it, jog on....

almondcroissantJanuary 16th 2015.

So whats happening to the old Cornerhouse site?

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AnonymousJanuary 17th 2015.

An über Greggs?

AnonymousJanuary 16th 2015.

I'm so excited!

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AnonymousJanuary 17th 2015.

Eh? Christmas was three weeks ago!

AnonymousJanuary 17th 2015.

Well, apparently Home saved their presents for May :-)

AnonymousJanuary 21st 2015.

2 Tony Wilson Way would have been better!

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Calum McGJanuary 21st 2015.

I guess the whole public square is Tony Wilson place, but Tony Wilson Way would have sounded better. By the way, there were plans some years ago to rename Albion Street (right outside the Hac) to Sir Anthony Wilson Way. That got quietly shelved...

AnonymousJanuary 21st 2015.

I didn't realise he'd been posthumously knighted.

AnonymousJanuary 21st 2015.

You're right. It's Lord Anthony H. Wilson OBE MBE VC and Bar.

Calum McGJanuary 22nd 2015.

Oh, forget the Sir bit! Made that up. Whoops. Duno where that came from!!

AnonymousJanuary 27th 2015.

*LOOK* - Cornerhouse to be demolished!!!and the Salisbury will be demolished so that those arriving at Oxford Road train station [the most important station in Manchester?] will get a better view of the Palace Hotel www.youngengineers.co.uk/…/…

Kevin PeelJanuary 28th 2015.

I'm going to have to start saving money to get tickets for pretty much everything on this list!

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