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A WORD FROM

THE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

BABA SAYS It’s almost a year since I started as Artistic Director here at Contact and, while the time has flown by, so much has happened. We’ve celebrated our 10th anniversary, welcomed a huge range of inspiring artists and performances into our building and added a series of homegrown regular events to our artistic programme. Beyond the building we’ve been making new partnerships across the city and have been working with young people from Greater Manchester on some really amazing creative projects; inspiring new young leaders with Future Fires, our creative

consultants, and building international communities with Contacting the World. Looking forward, our summer season is jam‑packed full of festivals. We’re really pleased to be part of nationally acclaimed events such as FutureEverything and Queer Up North. In addition, our own biennial international festival, Contacting the World, returns to Manchester in July. We really can’t wait for that one! Also look out for characters from our hugely successful co-production, A Night On The Tiles, coming to a festival near you this summer! Don’t forget to check my regular videoblogs by signing up to our e-list at contact-theatre.org and you can follow me on Twitter @babaisrael

We are a unique creative arts space in the heart of a really vibrant area of Manchester on Oxford Road. You’ve probably seen our building before. It’s the one that looks like a castle with turrets, next door to Manchester Academy. If you’ve always wondered what’s inside, come in and say hello! You could discover anything from theatre performances, artists at work, dance classes, art markets, exhibitions, DJs, comedy, beatboxing crews and open mic events. We’re also really proud of our café bar — Contact Lounge — which has free WiFi, fabulous food, amazing coffee and space to meet friends and relax.

Buses: run every few minutes from the town centre, train stations and South Manchester (Rusholme direction). They stop just across the road. Cars: the car park next door is open to the public from 4pm on weekdays and all day at weekends. It only costs £2 to park. Please allow plenty of time to park as it can get busy, especially at weekend. Sometimes we host events outside the building too… in secret spaces, warehouses, hotels, and other venues across Manchester.

WE ARE A CHARITY

WE ARE ONLINE

Our work with young people is at the heart of everything we do and is internationally acclaimed. We support and develop young people through creative activity; increasing confidence, growing skills and changing lives. When you buy a ticket for one of our shows you are helping us to continue this work, but you can also support us in other ways. Go to justgiving.com/contact-theatre/donate or call our Head of Development on 0161 274 0657.

Check out our photos, videos, Audioboos and join in the chat at: www.contact-theatre.org

Baba Israel Artistic Director/Chief Executive

EVENT KEY REGULAR EVENT

MUSIC

PERFORMANCE

ART / EXHIBITION

GET INVOLVED!

FREE ACT

OPEN MIC

SPOKEN WORD

DANCE

FILM

NEW WRITING

EARLY BIRD OFFER

Image: Contacting the World

WE ARE CONTACT

Charity number 501953

Follow us @contactmcr Become a fan at Facebook.com/contactmcr MySpace.com/contactmcr Flickr.com/contactmcr YouTube.com/contactmcr


CONTACT LOUNGE

Image: Contact Lounge

Our bar is a special spot for eating, drinking, chatting, creating, meeting and general lounging. We serve up late breakfasts, chilled lunches and evening beats. We’ve got interesting beers, amazing coffee, homemade soup, salads, ciabattas, burgers, curries and pastas. We reckon our prices are pretty good too. Our kitchen is open 10am–4pm, Mon–Fri.

Every year we collaborate with a number of emerging companies. By providing support, expertise, rehearsal space, and the chance to take part in our regular events and to facilitate workshops, we help them grow and develop as artists. For 2010/2011 we are partnering with:

ART

EGGS COLLECTIVE

Our Lounge and foyer spaces have regularly changing exhibitions by homegrown and international artists: Until Sat 29 May Body Positive Northwest presents:

LIVING POSITIVE

Image: Strangeways

Part of a city-wide exhibition of work created at photography workshops run by artist Charlotte Barnes, allowing participants to capture how HIV has affected their lives. Includes a photograph donated by world-famous musician, Annie Lennox. Until Sat 5 June

STRANGEWAYS An iconic photographic exhibition by Ged Murray, documenting the historic Strangeways Riots of 1990. This exhibition marks 20 years since the event and runs alongside Fink On & Contact’s theatre production — Crying in the Chapel: Strangeways — An Inside Account. Prints are available for purchase. Mon 7 June–Sat 25 Sept Image: Contacting the World

CONTACTING THE WORLD We celebrate the return of our international young people’s theatre project, Contacting the World with a building-wide exhibition of the pivotal and magical moments from previous festivals.

MUSIC Our resident DJ Jomo is on the decks every Thursday and Friday. We also host Community, the monthly world music club night run by Irfan Rainy. Also look out for other club events this season, acoustic jams in our foyer during Art Rumble and our monthly jam session, Improvise. Image: Improvise

Background image: Improvise

OUR PARTNER COMPANIES

Since hatching onto the scene in Easter 2009 Manchester-based Eggs Collective have operated an open-door policy providing a platform for emerging female artists including MCs, musicians, spoken word artists, actors and storytellers. Eggs use artists’ unique talents and backgrounds to create bold and unpredictable work ranging from cabaret to street art. In addition they offer accessible workshops and provide developmental opportunities for artists. Eggs was founded by former Contact Young Actors Company members Sara Cocker, Sophie Willan and Lydia Hirst and has since been joined by producers Jenna Omeltschenko and Roxanne Moores. The future’s egg shaped!

YOUNG IDENTITY Formed in Moss Side in 2006, Young Identity is a 26 strong group of young poets, MCs and writers led by senior poets, Shirley May (Speakeasy Manchester Collective) and Ali Gadema (Pen-Ultimate). Young Identity encourages honest and active literature and empowers young writers to use their voice through spoken word, tackling issues with quirkiness, verve and originality. Over the last three years they’ve performed at various UK venues and internationally, competing in the 2008 & 2009 Brave New Voices International Poetry Slam held in the USA. They host weekly workshops for young writers, poets and MCs every Tuesday at Contact from 7–9pm.

Image: Eggs Collective

Image: Young Identity


IT S YOUR TURN Young people are at the heart of everything we do. Don’t just watch, get involved!

CONTACT YOUNG ACTORS COMPANY (CYAC) CYAC work with renowned directors to produce three amazing shows every year. If you’re 15-25 this is your chance to explore your creativity, push your abilities and be part of one of the country’s leading young actors companies. Auditions are held three times a year. This season’s are: Wed 19, Thur 20 & Wed 26 May. Call 0161 274 0600 to book your place.

REGULAR EVENTS SCRIPTWORKS

SATURDAY DROP Saturdays from 31 July to 11 September, 4pm onwards, FREE Plus performance on 18 September, 7:30pm MCs, DJs, rappers, poets and producers – drop in, share your skills, share tracks or showcase material, in person and online. If you want to be a part of the new Saturday Drop company contact Danny on 0161 274 0624 or email dannyfahey@contact-theatre.org for more info. Auditions take place on Wed 14 & Thu 15 July. Sharpening SAWDS & Contact present:

TECHNIQUE

FREESTYLE MONDAYS

Mondays from 7 June to 19 July, 7–9pm, FREE Aged 15-25? Want to get under the skin of a performance and find out what happens behind the scenes? Want to know how a show is lit or how sound is controlled? Then come along to our regular Monday night sessions led by our team of professional technicians.

Every Monday, evening, FREE (Includes RAW performance every fourth Monday) Freestyle Mondays is a free session where MCs, beatboxers, poets, and vocalists jam together. It’s a night of freestyle games and lyrical dexterity. Come and freshen up your freestyle flow!

MONDAY DROP

WORKSHOPS

Mondays from 10 May to 12 July, 7–9pm, FREE Aged 13-19? Want to get on stage but not sure what it’s all about or how to get involved? Then drop in to our regular Monday night sessions and learn from poets, performers, actors and directors. No experience necessary, just bring an open mind!

Check out the show pages for details about other workshops available. Call 0161 274 0600 for more info and to book any of the above.

*New* Every Monday, 5.45–8pm, FREE Writers! How would your work translate to the stage? Find out at Scriptworks where your work will be read by professional actors. Actors! Join in for script-in-hand practice. Email scriptworks@heaven.co.uk for info.

RAW (RHYTHM & WORDS) 4th Monday of the month, evening, FREE Bring your beats, rhythms and words and rock up for our new regular open mic and freestyle pyramid competition. Poets, MCs and vocalists of all ages welcome.

IMPROVISE It’s moved!..new date… 3rd Wednesday of the month, evening, FREE A jam night with a difference as musicians, MCs, vocalists and beat boxers jam with our house band, and comedians, actors, poets, dancers and anyone else who is game for a laugh. Get involved!

VERBALLY CHALLENGED 1st Wednesday of the month (except August), 7:30pm, £5 Each month we set a new group of writers a different creative challenge. Who wins? You decide.

www.contact-theatre.org

MIXED MOVEMENT 3rd Saturday of the month (except May), evening, FREE Manchester’s ONLY open stage dance event. The brainchild of New York dancer, theatre artist, and poet DawN Crandell — created as an open mic for dancers and includes everything from house, hip-hop and club to contemporary, ballet and vogue. Dancers solo to improvised music and collaborate in spontaneous duets. To book a slot email dawndusk@me.com.

ART RUMBLE Last Saturday of the month (May & June only — returning monthly from September), 12–5pm, FREE Unearth affordable gifts & treats ranging from jewellery, ceramics, textiles, photography and other wonderfully crafted art gems at our regular monthly market. Bring friends, enjoy coffee & cake in Contact Lounge, join in one of our “how to” workshops (Check contact-theatre.org for workshop updates) or just mooch around the stalls. We also have live musicians onstage and a chilled out DJ to create the perfect soundtrack to your afternoon…Saturdays were made for this!

RAW JAM It’s moved!..new date… 3rd Wednesday of the month, 1pm, FREE Grab some lunch, grab a seat and experience the best in new writing, spoken word and music.

COMMUNITY

Image: RAW (Rhythm & Words)

1st Saturday of the month, 11pm–late, £10/£7 Monthly roots deep house music party run by Irfan Rainy, featuring international guest DJs and musicians. Over 18s Only.

Image: Mixed Movement


CONTACTING THE WORLD

MAY

CONTACTING THE WORLD 2010 MON 19 TO SUN 25 JULY

Mon 26 April–Sat 8 May, 8pm, £10/6 Sat 1 & Thur 6 May, 2pm, £10/6 Thur 6 May, 8pm: BSL interpreted performance Fink On & Contact present:

Our biennial pioneering international young people’s theatre project comes home to Manchester this year following its huge success in Liverpool as part of the Capital of Culture celebrations in 2008. This year we have twinned twelve of the freshest young performance companies from countries all over the world including Iran, Jamaica, Indonesia, Switzerland, and the UK. Together, via exchange visits and the power of social media, they will create new pieces of theatre inspired by their twin. Each company, including Manchester’s own 10p Mix Up, will perform during the festival here in Manchester this July.

CRYING IN THE CHAPEL, STRANGEWAYS — AN INSIDE ACCOUNT Marking 20 years since the Strangeways riots of 1990. See www.contact-theatre.org for more info. Thur 29 April – Sat 8 May (not 2/3 May), 8pm, £15/13 (includes buffet & disco!) At Sacha’s Hotel, Northern Quarter Fri 7 May, 8pm: BSL interpreted performance Queer Up North in association with Contact present:

SUSAN AND DARREN

Join Contacting the World at: www.contactingtheworld.org www.contactingtheworld.ning.com Twitter: @contacttheworld

Contacting the World 2010 core partner

Project funders: Youth in Action British Council: Connections through Culture

www.contact-theatre.org tickets & info: 0161 274 0600

Project supporters: Opal Foundation White Light Granada Foundation Manchester Airport Group

Quarantine and Company Fierce First seen at Contact in 2006 Susan and Darren returns updated and reinvented at Sacha’s Hotel to kickstart QUN 2010. There will be conversation, devastation, finger food and a disco! Join the party. Pre-show workshop led by Darren Pritchard. See www.queerupnorth.com for info. Sat 1 May, 11pm–late, £10/7

COMMUNITY

Dance Africa with African DJ Boddhi Satva launching his new album Invocation. Wed 5 May, 7:30pm, £5

VERBALLY CHALLENGED

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. Images: Contacting the World 2008

Image: Susan and Darren

Image: Crying in the Chapel ©Ged Murray


MAY

www.contact-theatre.org tickets & info: 0161 274 0600

Sat 8 May, 11pm–late, £3

GLOBAL STAR SOUNDS — WORLD PARTY Fusing folkloric/roots music with electronic dance floor grooves Global Star Sounds brings everything from Arabic Balkan beats to Cubano and deep house. Over 18s only. Part of the Cultural College Music Festival. Mon 10 May, 7–9pm. FREE

MONDAY DROP

Wed 12–Fri 14 May, various times & prices

FUTUREEVERYTHING CONFERENCE Astonishing talks and visionary people, the FutureEverything Conference explores the latest upgrade affecting today’s digital culture. It will present pioneering ideas which will transform the way you and your organisation operate, innovate and interact. More info & to book: www.futureeverything.com

PLAYEVERYTHING

Introducing you to the wonders of the digital space. A day of pervasive games and social experiences. Discover how to get creative with unlimited bandwidth. Roll up your sleeves and lead your own user-defined session. Join the action in an all-day urban game Sandpit, brought to Manchester by Hide&Seek in association with LIFT (London International Festival of Theatre).

MOUTH MUSIC

Featuring some of the most talented international beatboxers and vocal musicians including a special Nu Voices orchestra conducted by NYC legend Kid Lucky. Also includes former UK beatboxing champion, Hobbit, Manchester’s own Jason Singh, and Bellatrix. Hosted by Baba Israel.

Queer Up North and Development Lab present:

THREE Chris Goode, Chris Thorpe, Rachael Walton An experiment that challenges contemporary theatre makers to create their own personal response to ‘queer’, presenting them as part of QUN’s 18th birthday celebrations.

Wed 19 May, 1pm, FREE

RAW JAM Wed 19 May, eve, FREE

IMPROVISE

Sat 15 May, eve, FREE

MIXED MOVEMENT

Mon 17 May, 7–9pm. FREE

MONDAY DROP Tue 18 May, All Day (10am start), FREE (booking essential)

NATIONAL BEATBOX/ VOICE PERCUSSION CONFERENCE

Fri 14 May, 8pm, £5 Contact & FutureEverything present:

MOLDOVER Music Technologist Moldover from San Francisco combines the raw skills of a trained musician, the mad genius of a basement inventor and the radical inclusiveness of the DIY internet generation.

Sat 15 May, time tbc, FREE

CONTROLLERISM WORKSHOP

Sat 15 May, All Day, FREE Contact, FutureEverything, Manchester Science Festival & Manchester Beacon present:

Thur 20 & Fri 21 May, 7:30pm, £10/6

Tue 18 May, 8pm, £8/5 Contact & Sing Up present:

Come share your views and help shape the development of beatboxing and voice percussion across the UK. Includes workshops, presentations, performances and discussions led by practitioners and experts including: Jason Singh, Baba Israel, Bellatrix and Hobbit. For anyone who works with primary aged children or young leaders. More info or to book: conference@singup.org or 0191 443 4695

Join Moldover to find out more about computer controllers and software as musical instruments.

Image: Hobbit

Image: Moldover


MAY

JUNE Tue 25 & Wed 26 May, 6pm–10pm, FREE

Sat 22 May, 2pm – 4pm, FREE

PEN-ULTIMATE WRITING FOR PERFORMANCE WORKSHOP Pen-ultimate, who brought us the hugely popular A Night On The Tiles last season, return with a practical workshop exploring poetic writing techniques combined with physical exercises to help you develop entertaining characters. A must for all aspiring poets, MCs and theatre makers. Sat 22 May, 8pm, £10/6 Contact presents A quartet of exhilarating dance pieces taking a stark look at human relationships, and how we live our daily lives. Part of QUN 2010 Mon 24 May, 7–9pm. FREE

Mon 24 May, 7:30pm, £5 Queer Up North presents:

QUEER QUESTION TIME Join raconteur Tom Allen, a regular face on E4 & winner of the BBC New Comedy Award, and a panel of esteemed thinkers and writers as they debate issues around queer culture, identity and politics in this alternative take on the BBC format. Mon 24 May, eve, FREE

RAW (RHYTHM & WORDS)

OUTSPOKEN PERFORMANCE WORKSHOPS

Are you an aspiring poet but have little or no experience in front of an audience? Join Dominic Berry to help you develop your poetic performance and take part in Outspoken. Apply by sending no more than 40 lines of verse to outspoken@contact-theatre.org by 1 May 2010. Wed 26 & Thur 27 May, 8pm, £10/6 Nitro and The Albany present the world premiere of

PETER GRIST AND COMPANY

MONDAY DROP

DESERT BOY BY MOJISOLA ADEBAYO

Post-show chat back Thur 27 BSL interpreted performance Thur 27 They say your life flashes in front of you just before you die. But supposing it’s not just your life. What if it’s someone else’s…Shot through with killer voices singing across the ages from Mali to hip hop, slave songs to rap. Directed by Felix Cross. Thur 27 May, 7:30pm, £5/3 Contact & Queer Up North Present:

OUTSPOKEN

Manchester’s queer performance poet Dominic Berry hosts a night of alternative voices with headliner Gerry Potter and breakthrough North West lyrical talent.

Wed 2 June, 7:30pm, £5

Sat 29 May, 12–5pm, FREE

Fri 4 June, 7.30pm, £5 GMMAZ presents:

ART RUMBLE

Sat 29 May, All day, £tbc

UNSUNG FESTIVAL

Image: Queer Question Time

www.contact-theatre.org tickets & info: 0161 274 0600

A festival celebrating Manchester’s artistic talent brought to you by the people behind Unsung, Manchester’s free bi-monthly magazine of unprejudiced poetry, prose and non-fiction. Includes spoken word, exhibitions and live music.

VERBALLY CHALLENGED

ON TOP OF THE WORLD Hosted by Contact GMMAZ celebrates its 10th birthday with a special event showcasing Manchester’s emerging musical talent. Twelve young groups from across Greater Manchester will take to the stage with brand new material they’ve written and produced. www.gmmaz.org.uk.

Sat 5 June, 8pm, £5 Pride Sports & WomanVision present, as part of Pride Games 2010:

TRAINING RULES Rene Portland had three training rules during her 26 years coaching basketball at Pennsylvania State University — no drinking, no drugs and no lesbians. This film examines how a wealthy athletic department allowed talented athletes, thought to be gay, to be dismissed from their college team and follows the lawsuit filed by student athlete Jennifer Harris. Image: Desert Boy


JUNE

www.contact-theatre.org tickets & info: 0161 274 0600

Sat 5 June, 7:30pm, £10/6 Hobopop presents:

Sat 19 June, 7:30pm, £5

Mon 14 June, 7–9pm. FREE

MONDAY DROP

KREG VIESSELMAN & JAMES APOLLO

Mon 14 June, 7–9pm, FREE

Following two recent sell-out shows at Contact, Hobopop presents two American songwriters, Kreg Viesselman and James Apollo, in a one-off performance showcasing their critically acclaimed brand of road-beaten Americana.

TECHNIQUE

With Greg Wilson, the veteran DJ behind the Electro Funk Roots movement which began in the early 80s.

Wed 16 June, eve, FREE

IMPROVISE

Wed 16 June, 1pm, FREE

RAW JAM

Sat 5 June, 11pm–late, £10/7

COMMUNITY

Wed 16 & Thur 17 June, 7:30pm, £8/5 Liz Carr presents:

Mon 7 June, 7–9pm, FREE

TECHNIQUE

Thur 10 June, 7pm, FREE

KROCODILE CLUB The Krocodile Krew was set up to provide nightclubs for people with learning disabilities in Gateshead and the North East. Join them as they tour to Manchester for the first time. 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. The event includes film, interactive installations, sound, photography, graphics and animation. Preview event Friday 11 June, from 6pm.

An evening of improvisational theatre which will bring audience stories to life through freestyle hip hop, movement, music and live video. Performed by Contact Playback with special guest Playback NYC co-founder Paul McIsaac. Mon 21 June, 7–9pm, FREE

MONDAY DROP

IT HASN’T HAPPENED YET BSL interpreted performance Thur 17 The critically acclaimed show that follows the journey of up-and-coming comedian Alex Saunders as she navigates her way through the minefields of disability and comedy, with wheelchair and alter-ego in tow. “Supremely funny, twisted and edgy...”, Time Out. Thur 17 June, 4–5:30pm, FREE (with show ticket)

Fri 25 & Sat 26 June, 7:30pm, £8/5 10p Mix Up Presents: As part of Contacting the World 2010, Manchester’s 10p Mix Up have been collaborating with Working Title 2.0 from Mumbai, India. The result is an exploration of British idiosyncrasies influenced by their Indian twin, where The Beatles jostle Bhangra, and laddoos and toffees are washed down with great big cocktails of lassi and stout.

TECHNIQUE

ART RUMBLE

Thur 24 June, 8pm, £8/5

Mon 28 June, 7–9pm, FREE

INSANITY ISN’T

WORKING TITLE

Sat 26 June, 12–5pm, FREE

Mon 21 June, 7–9pm, FREE

Mon 7 June, 7–9pm. FREE

MONDAY DROP

PLAYBACK: THE VISUAL REMIX

While trying to sleep through the American dream Acey Sickly wakes to its opposite: a nightmare of financial crisis, media propaganda and religious fanaticism. B-Boy movements, rhyme, beatbox and live music combine in this journey back to insane sanity. Commissioned by the Miami Light Project. Directed by Teo Castellanos. Includes a short performance by Young Identity.

MONDAY DROP

Mon 28 June, 7–9pm, FREE

TECHNIQUE Mon 28 June, eve, FREE

RAW (RHYTHM & WORDS)

IT HASN’T HAPPENED YET WORKSHOP A writing for performance workshop led by Liz Carr. Sat 19 June, eve, FREE

MIXED MOVEMENT

Featuring special guest Rudi Goblen.

Sat 12 June, 11pm–late, £3

GLOBAL STAR SOUNDS — WORLD PARTY Image: Hobopop Image: Insanity Isn’t


JULY

www.contact-theatre.org tickets & info: 0161 274 0600

Thur 1–Sat 3 July, 7:30pm, £8/5 LiveAMP presents:

DOIN’ MOON

Fri 9 & Sat 10 July, various times & prices Apples & Snakes presents:

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. Originally developed at Contact in 2006 & performed by Akiel Chinelo (Contact At Home Resident in 2008) and Anwen Lewis. Fri 2 July, 8pm, £10/6 Contact, Band on the Wall & Mind on Fire present:

NOW VS NOW at Band on the Wall, Swan St. Direct from New York electro-groove trio Jason Linder (keyboard), Mark Guiliana (drums) and Panagiotis Andreou (bass) present their Bob Power mixed and Meshell Ndegeocello produced debut album. Plus, Manchester’s Mind on Fire and up-and-coming trumpeter Matthew Halsall. Hosted by Baba Israel.

WORDCUP2010

CONTACTING THE WORLD

Bringing together young poets & MCs from across the country in celebration of the spoken word. 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 including members of Young Identity, Leeds’ Young Authors, London Teen Slam and the Slambassadors. Hosted by Baba Israel. 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.

Our 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. See p.8 for more info and the Contacting the World brochure for individual performance details.

MONDAY DROP

RAW (Rhythm & Words)

Sat 31 July, 4pm, FREE

SATURDAY DROP

TECHNIQUE

Politically charged cabaret with Scottee (Queer Contact) and the best in avant garde performance. Suitable for ages 18+.

Mon 12 & Tue 13 July, time tbc, FREE (with show ticket)

Sat 3 July, 11pm–late, £10/7

A homegrown event with Manchester-based DJs. Mon 5 July, 7–9pm, FREE

Mon 5 July, 7–9pm, FREE

TECHNIQUE Wed 7 July, 7:30pm, £5

VERBALLY CHALLENGED ON TOUR

Mon 12 July, 7–9pm, FREE

EAT YOUR HEART OUT

MONDAY DROP

Mon 26 July, eve, FREE

Mon 12 July, 7–9pm, FREE

Fri 2 July, 8pm. £10/6

COMMUNITY

Mon 19–Sun 25 July, Various times & prices

IT’S LIKE HE’S KNOCKING WORKSHOP Thur 15–Sun 18 July, 7:30pm, £tbc

IT’S LIKE HE’S KNOCKING

An off-site production. Limited capacity — book early! Leo Kay’s new solo show uses intimate story telling, dance theatre and afro Brazilian percussion to explore migration, ancestry and coincidence. With Live Music by Pedro Lima De Oliveira. Sat 17 July, eve, FREE

MIXED MOVEMENT

A special off-site version of our monthly showcase of new writing. 16

Image: Mixed Movement

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AUGUST/SEPTEMBER

ACCESS

Although it’s summer time, there’s still plenty to see at Contact with our regular events and more… Sat 7 Aug, 4pm, FREE

SATURDAY DROP

Tue 24 & Wed 25 Aug, 6–10pm, FREE

Sat 7 Aug, 11pm–4am, £8

COMMUNITY

Residents party with Irfan Rainy and Levi Live. Sat 14 Aug, 4pm, FREE

SATURDAY DROP

Wed 18 Aug, eve, FREE

Wed 18 Aug, eve, FREE

Sat 21 Aug, eve, FREE

MIXED MOVEMENT

CYAC SUMMER SHOW Join Contact Young Actors Company for their summer show at Manchester Museum.

SATURDAY DROP

SATURDAY DROP

COMMUNITY

Thur 26 Aug, 7:30pm, £3/£2 Contact & Manchester Pride present:

Some shows have an Early Bird ticket offer…book your ticket one calendar month before the event and get it HALF PRICE. Check out individual event details to see if they are part of the deal.

Wed 15 Sept, eve, FREE

IMPROVISE Thur 16 Sept, 1pm, FREE

Contact joins the Manchester Pride 2010 celebrations with a special edition of Outspoken with Dominic Berry.

RAW JAM

SAVE YOUR CASH We are committed to keeping our ticket prices as low as possible. Most shows cost less than a visit to the cinema and we don’t charge any booking fees!

Sat 18 Sept, eve, FREE

MIXED MOVEMENT

Sat 18 Sept, 7:30pm, FREE

THE SATURDAY DROP (with Special Guests)

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We have a flat foyer entrance, ground floor access to our main theatre space and Contact Lounge, lift access to our other spaces and accessible toilets on every floor. Guide dogs can stay with you or be looked after by a member of staff. Just let us know when you book. Hearing Aid Infrared System Receivers can be booked with your ticket. We also have BSL interpreted & Audio described performances – check out individual events for details. If you have any access requirements, please call or text the Duty Manager on 07970 094 069.

With Groove Assassin.

OUTSPOKEN

Image: Outspoken

This guide is available in large print.

Sat 4 Sept, 4pm, FREE Sat 4 Sept, 11pm–late, £8

Mon 23 Aug, eve, FREE

RAW (RHYTHM & WORDS)

Are you an aspiring poet, but have little or no experience of being in front of an audience? Join Dominic Berry to help you develop your poetic performance and take part in Outspoken. Apply by sending no more than 40 lines of verse to outspoken@contact-theatre.org by 31 July.

Sat 28 Aug, 4pm, FREE

Sat 21 Aug, 4pm, FREE

SATURDAY DROP

Thur 26 – Sat 28 Aug, times tbc, FREE

IMPROVISE RAW JAM

OUTSPOKEN PERFORMANCE WORKSHOPS

Performances from some of the best established and emerging performer as well as a chat show-style in conversation with special guest musicians, MCs, vocalists, beatmakers and DJs.

We also offer group discounts (book ten tickets and get one of them free), concessions (for anyone: under 18, with a disability, unemployed, full-time students or pensioners) AND if you’re under 26 and registered to FREEACT, you’re eligible for free tickets for many shows. If you’ve not registered already, get on it…email us at info@contact-theatre.org or pop in and pick up a form.

Freeact.co.uk

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WHERE WE’RE AT Contact, Oxford Road Manchester M15 6JA WE ARE OPEN Mon–Fri 10am–11pm Sat 12pm–late TICKETS 24hr booking: contact-theatre.org On the phone: 0161 274 0600 In person: Our box office is open Mon–Fri, 10am–6pm (7pm on show nights) Sat: 12–6pm (7pm on show nights) audio support from

www.vme-uk.com

WE ARE SUPPORTED BY

Registered Charity Number: 501953

Design: www.markbrownstudio.co.uk

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