Progressive theatre that plays host to drama, dance and spoken word performances, as well as community-focused festivals
With its striking architecture resembling a castle straight out of a Hans Christian Andersen tale, you could easily mistake Contact Theatre for a children's fun palace. You'd be quite wrong.
According to its website, 'Contact's vision is a world where young people are empowered by creativity to become leaders in both the arts and their communities.' Such lofty ideals have resulted in a venue that produces some of the most unconventional, experimental and challenging work in the region.
Drama, spoken word, dance and everything in between occupy the spaces within but it's the inclusive way that Contact operates that impresses even more than some of the work. Contact has tapped into the mysterious world of the 'young person' and workshops and ongoing opportunities to get involved with ensure that steady streams of new ideas and new energy keep the place vibrant. Attracting teenage audiences from notoriously hard to reach minorities is miraculous, but it's partly because these are the people helping to create the work, giving them a sense of ownership of the organisation.
You can get a taste for how effectively different audiences are nurtured from the festivals that run throughout the year, including 'Afrovibes', 'Contacting the World' and the now well established 'Queer Contact', taking up the reigns of long gone 'Queer Up North' festival.
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Benji Reid: A Thousand Words
A series of photographic portraits inspired by Leonardo Da Vinci's The Last Supper, exploring how we present ourselves to the world.Photography Until Saturday December 17 2016Read more
Gary Clarke Company: Coal
This dance theatre production takes a nostalgic look at the hard-hitting realities of life at the coal face, to mark the 30th anniversary of the end of the 1984 British miners' strike.Thursday December 8 2016Read more
Gary Clarke's Coal
Dance, Contemporary.Modern Thursday December 8 2016Read more
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Young Identity At 6
Manchester's young spoken word performers teach beginners to write, create and perform through this medium.Classes and workshops Tuesday December 13 2016 - Tuesday December 20 2016Read more
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Manchester's young spoken word performers teach those at intermediate-level to improve their writing, creating and performing through this medium.Classes and workshops Tuesday December 13 2016 - Tuesday December 20 2016Read more
The Siege Of Christmas
An interactive performance about the kidnap of the Spirit of Christmas, which roams around the building devised and performed by Contact Young Company and directed by Alan Lane.Children's Thursday December 15 2016 - Thursday December 22 2016Read more