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DARREN PRITCHARD/STUART BOWDEN – BLACK SWAN Choreographers Darren Pritchard and Stuart Bowden will be exploring the one on one intimate experience of lap dancing. Throughout April they will look at ways to lift it out of its sleazy world to create an innovative, daring, up-close and personal performance for Contact audiences. Get Involved: Try a lap-dance and help make the final piece, during May in our foyer. See www.contact-theatre.org for more details. Aged 18+.

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Monday Drop Contact Young Tech Team PANDA: Spotlight On Kofi Hats From Somalia Verbally Challenged On Tour Contact meets Murkage Stumble’s Discriminating Circus Programme Monday Drop Contact Young Tech Team Medea Oily Cart: Something In The Air Monday Drop Contact Young Tech Team RAW Jam Monday Drop Contact Young Tech Team Broken Biscuit: Bollywood Stills Contact at the Mela Contact Young Tech Team

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KATE BRADNAM – ARCHITECTURE:THEATRE Performance artist Kate Bradnam has been exploring and documenting Contact’s unseen spaces and history, exposing the secret areas of the building in an investigative journey around the building. Digging deep into its original build and an exclusive interview with its architect Alan Short will unveil the building’s intentions and limitations.

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From 24 – 31 August, Contact Lounge will close all day and will reopen as usual on Tue September 1 at 10am.

Mailing list: get the latest brochure direct to you: email salesassistants@contact-theatre.org

CAROLINE CHURCHILL – UNTAPPED FREQUENCIES Electronic composer/performer and sound engineer Caroline P Churchill has ventured into the unexplored terrain of the Contact building. Using found sounds, a unique and emotive piece of music will be sculpted, intended for dance.

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Aside from public performances, we continue our support of both emerging and nationally renowned artists inside the building. In particular we will be welcoming research and development for LINDA BROGAN, QUARANTINE and Contact company, PENULTIMATE.

For eating, drinking, chatting and general lounging, enjoy late breakfasts, chilled lunches or evening drinks with interesting beers and special coffees. Our food is fresh, tasty and full of good stuff. Check www.contact-theatre.org for parties, DJs and special events.

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From 10 – 22 August Contact Lounge will close at 6pm but will be open during the day as usual for you to enjoy sunshine-filled afternoons amongst the bamboo on our terrace.

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Virtual Contact: book tickets, sign up for regular email updates & offers and find out more at www.contact-theatre.org or find us on Facebook (search for Contact Theatre), on MySpace at myspace.com/contactmcr or on YouTube at youtube. com/contactmcr.

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Contact Lounge is taking some welldeserved evenings off during August:

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10:00am – 11:00pm 12:00pm – late

STEPHANIE RIDINGS – THE NATIONAL EXPRESS Writer and performer, Stephanie Ridings, has documented the journeys of three women who have each taken a trip on a National Express coach with a mission see if pop band The Divine Comedy were right: “take the National Express when your life’s in a mess it will make you smile”. The results will be seen in a live performance.

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Contact is fully accessible. If you have access requirements, call the Duty Manager on 0161 274 0603, who will be happy to help.

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CONTACT YOUNG ACTORS COMPANY also has legs this summer as they take over a secret industrial space somewhere in deepest Manchester, directed by internationally renowned GRUPO XIX. We’ve got other secret locations up our sleeve too with FERGUS EVANS’ late night world of wonder and speculation, BELIEF-O-MATIC.

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The car park next to Contact is open to the public from 4pm on weekdays and all day at weekends. It costs £2 (you will need two £1 coins).

10:00am – 11:00pm 1:30pm (Wed), 7:30pm 8:00pm 7:00pm – 12:00am 7:30pm Various 7:30pm, Sat 2pm & 5pm All Day 6:00pm – 9:00pm 1:00pm Fri 9:00pm, Sat 7:30pm 3:00pm – 6:00pm 4:00pm 7:30pm Various 3:00pm – 6:00pm 8:00pm

Bookings & Information closes at 6:00pm when there are no performances.

ARTYARN Artists Rachael Elwell and Sarah Hardacre aim is to use traditional knitting and crochet techniques in contemporary visual art. If you were around Contact during February, you probably spotted knitting graffiti tags (yarn bombing) in unusual places. Look out for their new work, the Knitting Orchestra, producing an experimental sound piece directly from the act of amplifying knitting needles which will debut at June’s AIR:TIME.

Moves 09 Khabaloush (Expect the Unexpected) Gob Squad’s Kitchen Broken Biscuit: Andy Warhol Special Verbally Challenged FUTURESONIC: Social Technologies Summit The Adventures of Wound Man & Shirley Wound Man Exhibition CYAC Auditions RAW Jam: Tap Box MOTUS: Cruel Tales of Youth Saturday Drop Queer Up North: Not for the like of us Eroded Noise Incubate 09: Belief-O-Matic Saturday Drop Salaam/Peace

24hr booking at www.contact-theatre.org

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Thu 23 – Tue 28 April Wed 29 April – Sat 2 May Fri 1 & Sat 2 May Sat 2 Wed 6 Wed 13 – Sat 16 Mon 18 – Sat 23 Tue 19 – Sat 23 Wed 20, Thu 21 & Wed 27 Thu 21 Fri 22 & Sat 23 Sat 23 Sat 23 Tue 26 – Sat 30 Fri 29 & Sat 30 Sat 30 Sat 30 May

Look out for us at Manchester’s ever growing MEGA MELA in Platt Fields Park and we take our home-grown new writing slam, VERBALLY CHALLENGED, off-site for an extra special show.

We are in the heart of one of the most vibrant and popular areas of Manchester, with excellent transport links. Regular buses leave from the City Centre and Piccadilly & Oxford Road train stations to just across the road.

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DAVID HOYLE – WE ARE ALL EQUALLY VALID... In collaboration with the Albert Kennedy Trust & Paul Mayers, David Hoyle and his group of young homeless LGBT people have been working together to develop new work. The debut photo exhibition by group member Alex launches at Contact in June.

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Come see all our AIR artists working around the building over the summer…

Come as a group – book 10 tickets and get one of them free. Our lowest standard ticket prices are concessions: for anyone under 18, with a disability, unemployed, full time students or pensioners. We will also have a limited number of FREE tickets for young people under 26 as part of our FreeAct scheme.

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Mental Health AIR:TIME #2 Verbally Challenged Security Saturday Drop AIR:Time.X-Trax A Girl in a Car with a Man FRESH (Feel Real Energy Stop Hurting) Spoken Like A True: Lebo Mashile Open Contact Saturday Drop Sway: I Dream of Fela Monday Drop Contact Young Tech Team RAW Jam: Eggs Collective Saturday Drop Monday Drop Cultural Perspectives, Creative Hands Saturday Drop

This summer, join Contact as we ride the festival circuit and push the boundaries of performance beyond our building. We will be hosting FUTURESONIC’S SOCIAL TECHNOLOGIES SUMMIT and welcoming the QUEER UP NORTH INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL back during May.

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Sat 23 May, 3:00pm – 6:00pm, FREE

MOVES 09

Festival film screening Enjoy more than 2 hours of highlights from moves International Festival of Movement on Screen designed for random encounters. Work from all over the globe includes music videos, as well as experimental and political shorts exploring the narrative possibilities of movement on screen. www.movementonscreen.org.uk Wed 29 April, 1:30pm (women only), Thu 30 April to Sat 3 May, 7:30pm (all welcome), £8/5 Miss Diva Productions presents

KHABALOUSH (EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED) Four women. Each one hides a secret and an aching heart.

Through fate or coincidence, they meet one night at the home of a faith healer and let go of their pasts, secrets and pain, venturing forward to a new awareness that gives them strength, courage and ultimately peace.

A new live film with bad coffee, nervous breakdowns, wild parties and modern hairstyles.

It’s 1965 and everything is about to happen. Pop, subculture, superstars, feminism, drugs, bright lights and sex are about to rock the world like never before. Award-winning British-German collective, Gob Squad take the hand of the King of Pop himself, Andy Warhol, and take a trip back to the arty undergorund cinema of New York City, back to where it all began.www.gobsquad.com ‘A brilliant show full of wit, life and humanity’ Der Standard Vienna

Untangling art and class Chaired by Libby Purves (Radio 4’s Midweek, and The Times)

After a decade of working to make the arts accessible, audiences are rising - but they’re not broadening in class terms. But can art divide along class lines? Is there such a thing as middle class art? What about working class art? If so, what, and where, is it? (Or is it called popular culture?). Panel includes Simon Casson (producer of Duckie), Professor Vanessa Toulmin (founder and research director of the National Fairground Archive, University of Sheffield), Andrew Brighton (writer and former Senior Curator: Public Events at Tate Modern).

BROKEN BISCUIT: ANDY WARHOL SPECIAL

Audio and visual delights to enrich even the darkest of souls with DJ Andy Memery & VJ St. Neon. www.brokenbiscuitclub.blogspot.com/

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Eroded Noise focuses specifically on the umbilical cord connecting African Ancestry to Contemporary Britain. The spine of the piece looks for a way to be heard in a chaotic world where it is often too hard to find the right words to communicate how you feel. www.stuckinthemud09.wordpress.com

VERBALLY CHALLENGED

Every month we set five new writers a different creative challenge and you, the audience, vote for the winner. This month we have asked them to base their work on the theme of recycled stories and issues around the environment and sustainability.

Get Involved! Eroded Noise Workshop, Thu 28 May, 6:00pm, FREE with performance ticket, Book in advance on 0161 274 0600.

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Now in its 14th year, Futuresonic is an international festival featuring world premieres of astonishing artworks, an explosive city-wide music programme, and visionary thinkers from around the world. The Social Technologies Summit is the place where the technology and digital sectors connect with the creative vision of the international digital arts community. A leading international conference where 500 opinion formers, futurologists, artists, researchers and technologists to explore the latest upgrade affecting today’s digital culture. Including Wednesday 13 May, 7pm Futuresonic Gala Opening Event (free but booking required). For more information on the full festival programme and to book tickets please visit www.futuresonic.com Advanced Pass - book by 12 May 2009: £120/Door Pass (bought on the door): £150/Single Day Pass: £85 Students/Concessions Pass: £30

Mon 18 – Sat 23 May, Mon – Fri, 7:30pm, Sat 2pm & 5pm, £10/8 (plus post–show discussion on Wed 20) A Queer Up North and Ric Watts co-production, in association with Contact THE ADVENTURES OF WOUND MAN & SHIRLEY by Chris Goode Shirley is a teenage boy with a girl’s name, growing up in suburbia and feeling like the weirdest kid in the school. Nothing makes much sense to him except uncool pop music and his comic books, and his heart belongs to a classmate who barely knows he exists. Wound Man is an unconventional superhero with a silver thong and an alarming assortment of weapons sticking out from every part of his body who has just moved into a house on Shirley’s street — and he happens to have a vacancy for a teenage sidekick... The Adventures of Wound Man and Shirley is a new solo show from Chris Goode that combines intimate storytelling with original animation to tell the story of two unlikely friends and their escapades together. A funny and touching bedtime story for grown-ups — and for weird teens everywhere. “British theatre’s greatest maverick talent” The Guardian. Tue 19 – Sat 23 May, 10am – 11pm, FREE

WOUNDMAN EXHIBITION

Part of Queer Up North International Festival 2009. www.queerupnorth.com Wed 20, Thu 21 & Wed 27 May, 6pm – 9pm, FREE

CYAC AUDITIONS

Young people clamour to snatch a place in CYAC. In 2008, CYAC was directed by Cathy Naden from internationally renowned Forced Entertainment, the Anglo-Brazilian Dende Collective and award-winning Nigerian choreographer, Segun Adefila. This summer the show will be directed by Brazilian site specific theatre company, Grupo XIX De Teatro. Don’t miss your chance to work with professional directors and perform on our stage. Call 0161 274 0600 to book a place. Thu 21 May, 1pm, FREE

RAW Jam – Tap box

Imani Jendai and Jason Singh explore tap with beat – boxing as part of Tap Lyrical.

Fri 22 & Sat 23 May, Fri 9:00pm, Sat 7:30pm, £10/8 (plus post–show discussion on Sat 23) Contact and Queer Up North present

It’s queer being a teenager; not yet an adult but no longer a child. The lives of teenagers in three European cities take centre stage as pioneering Italian theatre company Motus make their first visit to the UK. Founded in 1991 by Enrico and Daniela Nicolò, Motus mixes art forms, languages and techniques, creating their own distinct brand of high-tech multimedia theatre. Cruel Tales of Youth fuses epic scale computer animation with documentary film techniques, live performance and music, and finely detailed, intense sound-scapes. This is theatre poetry, and the images and sensations that Motus create will stay with you.

Wed 1 July, 7:30pm, £5

VERBALLY CHALLENGED ON TOUR

A GIRL IN A CAR WITH A MAN

Stella’s left the TV studio after her daily slot. Alex is up for a big night out. David has opted for a quiet evening in. However, this is no ordinary night, a girl has been abducted, its all over the news and it won’t stop raining.

Fresh (Feel Real Energy Stop Hurting) is a mixture of top international break-dancing talent and the up and coming young urban performers of Manchester. This break-dancing extravaganza brings to the city two-on-two and crew break-dance battles alongside beat-boxing, body popping, MC’s and visuals. The first Fresh at Contact was two and a half hours of adrenaline fuelled energy that Manchester had never seen before. Prepare for more.

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All the way from Johannesberg, wordsmith extraordinaire, visual verbalist, and an icon of modern South African poetry, Lebo Mashile lands at Contact. Join her masterclass for female participants. Advance booking essential. Call 0161 274 0659 to book a place. Sat 13 June, 1:00pm – 3:00pm Join in!

Sat 30 May, 8:00pm, £5

SALAAM / PEACE

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This brand–new commission will explore the real influence that traditional music, especially afrobeat, has on contemporary music including hip hop and grime using the music of Fela Kuti as inspiration. Baby J will lead live musicians including MC/rapper Sway and percussionist Richard Olatunde Baker to produce a breathtaking live show of specially composed tracks. Part of Bass Music Festival.

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Mondays will never be the same again. If you have the passion and commitment to learn about different performance styles and techniques, drop by and explore creative writing, movement and physical performance skills at our workshop led by industry professionals. Call 0161 274 0625 to find out what Monday Drop is all about.

Salaam is a platform uniting Manchester’s Muslim community to challenge current perceptions and representations of young Muslim men in the UK today. Think! Muslim South Asian, Somali, Kurdish Iranian, Iraqi and West African Young Men coming together and working together with established artists such as Riz Ahmed, one of the most exciting young Muslim actors and musicians of his generation alongside Abdul Shayek and Kully Thiarai as co-directors and Dan Steel, Rich Ramchurn and Mark Distin as the creative team. Expect! Live Art, Sound, Drama, Music and Visual Illustration to capture a moment through performance. Plus post–show party until 12 midnight. www.myspace.com/rizmc

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JUNE Throughout Summer, 10:00am – 11:00pm, FREE

EXHIBITION: Mental health

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Ever wondered what makes Contact switched on? How a show is lit or how sound is controlled? CYTT is the sister company of CYAC and offers young people interested in technical theatre and production the opportunity to be taught by Contact’s own professional technicians. Members of CYTT will work towards assisting on a professional production at the end of each season. Call 0161 274 0625 to book a place.

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Sat 27 June, 3:00pm – 6:00pm, FREE

Every month we set five new writers a different creative challenge. In return their work is premiered with the assistance of a professional director and a team of actors and you, the audience, vote for the winner.

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Thu 4 & Fri 5 June, 7:30pm, £10/6 Apples & Snakes presents

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oily cart: something in the air

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Thu 16 July, 1:00pm, FREE

RAW jam

Join us for lunchtime rhythm and words. RAW Jam is an explosive mix of new writing, spoken word, music and raw talent.

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Fri 24 July, 7:30pm, £3/2 (Preview at Contact). Sat 25 July, all day, at Platt Fields Park.

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Calling all young singers, dancers, spoken word artists, Mc’s and performers with an Asian flavour. For the first time ever Contact will be running its fabulous ShowReal programme for emerging artists in collaboration with Manchester’s Mega Mela. ShowReal provides young emerging artists an opportunity to work with professionals to develop performance skills, and this year, artists will be given the opportunity to perform on stage at Manchester’s Mega Mela. Deadline for applications for auditions is 30 May. For more information call 0161 274 0659.

Mon 27 July, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, FREE

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Mon 29 June, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, FREE Join in!

Tue 30 June, 6:30pm – 8:30pm, Free to PANDA members / £5 non-members

PANDA: SPOTLIGHT ON

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Preview: Mega Mela ShowReal at Contact on Fri 24 July. Plus post-preformance club with Broken Biscuit Club.

Mon 29 June, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, FREE

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Mon 13 July, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, FREE

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EXHIBITION: CULTURAL PERSPECTIVES, CREATIVE HANDS

Supported by SureStart Rusholme Children Centre and Manchester City Council.

“Edwards is a superb performer, equally at ease as an elderly Caribbean man, as a would-be teenage MC, Ayleen, or as a lonely 47-year-old Palestinian photographer, Mahmoud.” Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

Sat 11 – Sun 12 July, times tbc Manchester International Festival presents

Mon 20 July, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, FREE

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This comical and moving tale of unexpected friendship confronts the issue of security and identity through a fusion of performance poetry, theatre, movement and song. The chaotic stories of five characters in crisis are exposed through the eye of a camera. What happens when one generation collides with another and cultural expectations clash? Does the flash of a blade in broad daylight mean the end or beginning of Security? Zena Edwards takes storytelling into the twenty-first century.

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Mon 20 July, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, FREE

Mon 22 June, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, FREE

Individual and collaborative pieces created by parents from SureStart Rusholme Children’s Centre and the Rusholme Community. Working with newly arrived families, refugee and asylum seekers, participants have had opportunity to create work that reflects their culture and experiences using found objects, mixed media, clay and acrylics. Their ideas are developed by the Creative Hands Foundation artist led team who will also exhibit their works in 2D and 3D Sculptures, Painting and Textiles.

Written and performed by Zena Edwards Directed by Anthony Shrubsall Commissioned by Birmingham Rep in association with BAC

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“Women are the most miserable and mocked creatures to walk this f’**king Earth. I’d rather fight in three wars than suffer childbirth once. We might be too weak for war, but wrong us in bed…” What’s the worst thing you’ve ever done for Love?

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Mon 22 June, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, FREE

Our AIR Artists in Residence will be sharing where they’re at through short film, images, sounds, selected performances and chat. Hosted by M A Barnes-Wynters.

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Mon 6 July, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, FREE

monDAY DROP

Sat 20 June, 3:00pm – 6:00pm, FREE

Thu 25 June – Sun 30 August, 10:00am – 11:00pm, FREE

VERBALLY CHALLENGED

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Mon 13 July, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, FREE

Mon 1 June, 7:30pm, FREE

Wed 3 June, 7:30pm, £5

Mon 6 July, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, FREE

Eggs Collective present new writing by young female artists.

RAW JAM – eggs collective

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Featuring: ArtYarn’s Knitting Orchestra, Untapped Frequencies, Black Swan and much more…

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Thu 18 June, 1pm, FREE

Alex, one of the group of young homeless people who have been working with AIR artist David Hoyle, has developed her debut photographic expo exploring provocative issues around mental health.

AIR:TIME #2

Places must be booked in advance. For more information, pricing and booking please email info@stumbledancecircus.com

Commissioned by MIF and created by Oily Cart in collaboration with Britain’s most exciting young circus group, Ockham’s Razor, Something in the Air is a multi-sensory, intensely interactive piece created specifically for young people with complex disabilities. Since 1981 Oily Cart has been taking its unique blend of theatre to young people across the UK, creating innovative, multi-sensory and highly interactive productions by transforming everyday environments into colourful, tactile wonderlands. www.oilycart.org.uk

SATURDAY DROP

Sat 30 May, 3:00pm – 6:00pm, FREE

A chance to learn from the company that brought us An Evening of Instability as Stumble Dance Circus present their Summer School for performers, gymnasts, dancers and youth circus workers. Suitable for ages 16+.

Wed 8 – Sat 11 July, 7:30pm, £6/4 (Plus post–show discussion on Fri 10) Contact and Rachel Brogan (Passion Productions), as part of Live and Direct, presents

I dream of fela – with sway, baby j & richard olatunde baker Featuring Saturday Drop & Spoken Like a True.

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Stumble’s discriminating circus programme

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Sat 13 June, 8:00pm, £10/6 Punch and The Bongo Club present

Mon 15 June, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, FREE

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Monday Murkage brings its own brand of chaos and musical shenanigans, and this time in collaboration with Contact it’s all live with full band and special guests! Expect the sounds of the UK’s underground from mash ups to Hip Hop from Grime to Electro & funky house, mixed in with the freshest fashionista sounds and stylings that the Lords of Murkage have to offer… Contact will officially get Murked. Suitable for ages 18+.

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Sat 13 June, 3:00pm – 6:00pm, FREE

Supported by Lantern House International Creation Centre.

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Mon 6 July – Fri 10 July, 10:00am – 5:00pm (Circus for dancers) Mon 13 – Fri 17 July, 10:00am – 5:00pm (Investigation for gymnasts & free-runners)

Sat 13 June, 11:00am – 6:00pm Contact and FKuk present

SATURDAY DROP

Every month we set five new writers a different creative challenge. This month we move outside the building for a special off-site performance. The work is premiered with the assistance of a professional director and a team of actors and you, the audience, vote for the winner. Sat 4 July, 7:00pm till late, £8

Discuss. Debate. Decide. Been to a show? Taken part in a workshop? Have an opinion? Have your say at Open Contact. Your chance to help us plan for the future.

Come take a peculiar trip to a highly interactive world of wonder, speculation, awe and faith where everything makes perfect nonsense, a world where you have to choose your own adventure— or else someone will choose it for you! A stirring, stimulating, sensational project rooted in exhilarating late night jangles over ’God’ and ‘what the hell is belief anyway?‘ by Bible-belt born J. Fergus Evans, divine dissident Amanda Milligan, son-ofa-nun Jonathan McGrath and lapsed catholic schoolgirl Jackie Hagan. Ages 18+.

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It is traditional for Somalian women to create hats for Somalian men to wear at weddings. The exhibition shows work that has been produced by the Somalian Bravanese Sisters, based in Moss Side, who worked alongside digital artist/photographer Shaheda Choudhury to pass on their skills to a new generation of young women. Project developed as part of Community Arts North West’s Exodus programme of arts work for refugees and asylum seekers.

Tue 9 – Thu 11 June, 7:30pm, £8/5 A UMSU Drama Society Production, directed by Rob Drummer

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Please note, each performance is limited to 10 participants. Advance booking recommended. Don’t be late.

Wed 13 – Sat 16 May, Various times, Various prices

EXHIBITION: KOFI HATS FROM SOMALIA

AIR:TIME.X-TRAX

spoken like a true MASTERCLASS WITH LEBO Mashile

July Throughout July & August, 10:00am – 11:00pm, FREE

Sat 6 June, at Platt Fields Park

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INCUBATE 09: BELIEF-O-MATIC

Wed 6 May, 7:30pm, £5

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Fri 12 June, Doors open 7:00pm, £10/6

Join the debate. For more info see www.queerupnorth.com

Fri 29 & Sat 30 May, £5 Fri: 4pm, 6pm, 8pm, 10pm & Sat: 12noon, 2pm, 6pm, 8pm Secret location! (Meet at Contact) Apples & Snakes, BAC, Birmingham Rep, and Contact present

Sat 2 May, 7:00pm – 12midnight, FREE

Some of this performance is in Italian, and includes English subtitles.

QUeer up north: not for the likes of us

Directed by Chris Sudworth What happens to truth when you take away words? Make sense of the noise. Lullabies, laments, jazz scats, twisted beatbox, whispers, screams, cries, laughter…

GOB SQUAD’S KITCHEN ( YOU’VE NEVER HAD IT SO GOOD)

MOTUS: Cruel Tales of Youth

Sat 23 May, 4:00pm, £5

ERODED NOISE

Fri 1 & Sat 2 May, 8:00pm, £10/6

SATURDAY DROP

Part of X-Trax Festival. The third in a series of sharings will include extracts from Stephanie Ridings’ The National Express, ArtYarn’s Knitting Orchestra and Darren Pritchard & Stuart Bowden’s Black Swan. Plus X-Trax with Penultimate at Contact Lounge from 9pm till late.

Tue 26 – Sat 30 May, 7:30pm, £5 (plus post–show discussion on Wed 27) Gathered Earth and Loci Productions in association with Contact present

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Sat 6 June, 3:00pm – 6:00pm, FREE

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Calling all DJs, MCs and beat-makers! Now is your time to shine and perform. Bring beats, bring bars, bring new ideas and be creative. Saturday’s new workshops at Contact give you the chance to build your skills and collaborate with other artists. Call 0161 274 0625 to find out more.

Thu 23 – Tue 28 April, 10am – 11pm, FREE International Festival of Movement on Screen presents

SOCIAL TECHNOLOGIES SUMMIT: THE FUTURESONIC CONFERENCE

JUNE

Spotlight on are information and networking events for people working in the performing arts. Join a panel of industry professionals for discussion and debate focussing on a different subject at each session. More at: www.panda-arts.org.uk/spotlighton

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August Wed 26 – Sun 30 August, times tbc, £8/5 CYAC SUMMER SHOW with Grupo XIX At a secret location This summer CYAC are spreading their wings and taking over an industrial space in the heart of Manchester to bring you a site specific show directed by internationally renowned Brazilian Company, Grupo XIX. Inspired by Manchester’s rich industrial past, CYAC will create stories of all sorts of things that happen in the rain. Grupo XIX came to Manchester last summer with Hysteria which they performed at Victoria Baths. Check www.contact-theatre.org nearer the time when details of the secret location will be revealed…

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