HOME have announced the return of live theatre to their building for the first time in 10 months with an Autumn Winter season featuring over 30 shows including Rhum and Clay’s The War of the Worlds, The Lemon Table, starring Ian McDiarmid, and a new adaptation of Christie Watson’s NHS memoir, The Language of Kindness.
The season also includes festivals of new work and digital commissions delivered on a specially commissioned online platform, Homescreen.
As well as shows that missed their chance to appear at HOME due to Covid, the season includes new commissions from North West, national and international artists and the return of some HOME favourites, including Bourgeois and Maurice, Le Gateau Chocolat and Hofesh Shechter.
Here’s what’s on…
The War of the Worlds
Thursday 23rd September – Saturday 2nd October
Inspired by H.G. Wells’ novel and Orson Welles’ classic radio play, this legendary science fiction thriller is playfully reimagined for our era of Fake News and ‘alternative facts’. Tickets £20/concessions available.
Cassils: Human Measure Live
Thursday 7th October
The World Premiere of Cassils’ first piece of contemporary dance, presented against the backdrop of toxic online abuse by those purporting to champion women’s rights and the rise of far-right forums that have contributed to a trebling in anti-trans hate crimes since 2014, with Great Britain placed 10th across Europe in terms of LGBTQI+ liberties. Tickets £10-£15.
Can I Live?
Monday 11th – Sunday 17th Oct
A filmed performance produced by Complicité in association with the Barbican, London, supported by Oxford Playhouse. Join Fehinti Balogun on a journey into the world of environmental activism, as he tells the story of how, as a young Black British man, his path has been forever changed by what he’s learnt about our planet. Using original hip-hop and spoken word, Can I Live? is an energising and uplifting exploration of the place where the climate emergency and social justice meet, and a call-to-arms to anyone curious about what we can do to help. Pay what you decide. Online.
All the beds I have slept in
Tuesday 12th October
A brand new play by Phosphoros Theatre, a dynamic, emerging company of lived experience refugee performers, exploring the seam of kindness and care that lies within their experience of leaving their homelands to seek asylum. From a flat in North London to the exercise yard of a Greek detention centre, beds anchor us to the various points of the journey. Supposed spaces of safety become transient; shelters are taken away without notice; and the route from one place to the next is fraught with obstacles. Tickets £12.50/£10.50.
Wednesday 13th October
A work about ethnicity and gender, racism, and the underlying fear that perpetuates it. Can we surmount divisions imposed by occupation? Go beyond the blame game, really see each other’s vulnerable humanity? Tickets £12.50/£10.50.
POLITICAL MOTHER UNPLUGGED
Wednesday 27th – Saturday 30th October
Political Mother Unplugged will invoke the ferocity and spirit of the original in a new era and for a new generation of dancers, selected from the most inspiring young artists across the globe. Political Mother Unplugged will draw you into a world of raw emotion and intense sensations, driven by Shechter’s contagious tribal movement, a new landscape of digital, animated projections and the dancers’ extraordinary skill and honesty. Tickets £18.50/concessions available.
Wednesday 3rd – Saturday 6th November
It’s about a hairdryer, an over, a letter opener. It’s about the local church, fiscal policy and Marie Kondo’s folding technique. Civilisation is about the things we’ve lost, the things we’ve never had and the things we’ve built. Civilisation is a day in the life of a woman following a tragic event. An experiment in theatrical realism and contemporary dance. Music by ABBA and Bach. Tickets £12.50/concessions available.
The Lemon Table
Tuesday 16th – Saturday 20th November
Olivier and Tony Award-winning Ian McDiarmid and Michael Grandage have collaborated to bring The Lemon Table to the stage for the first time. In McDiarmid’s one man performance we encounter a spectrum of bitter-sweet pleasures, wild eccentricity and dark secrets. Tickets £16.50/concessions available.
The Language of Kindness
Wednesday 24th – Saturday 27th November
The Language of Kindness is a stage adaptation of Christie Watson’s best-selling nursing memoir – an ensemble celebration of a workforce who until recently have been the unsung heroes of the health service. Tickets £18.50/concessions available. £10 tickets available for NHS workers.
Thursday 10th – Saturday 12nd February 2022
Fast-moving and highly physical, Nobody explores the tension between our inner lives and how we make sense of the world around us. Motionhouse’s renowned dance-circus style combines with mesmerising choreography to tell this emotional and ultimately uplifting story, full of twists and turns. Tickets £16 – £22/concessions available.
Dave Moutrey, Director and CEO of HOME, said: “I’m absolutely delighted to announce the return of live theatre to our building, following a very long 10 months during which our theatres have been closed to the public due to coronavirus. We were absolutely determined to give artists whose work had been cancelled or postponed at the start of the pandemic the chance to bring their shows to the stage, and I’m pleased to say that many of the works appearing this season are among those we were planning to host last year.”
“As well as honouring our commitments to those artists, our programming team have also found great new work, which I know HOME audiences will love.”
“I’m also really pleased that festivals are back, and that with Push and Orbit we will have the opportunity to showcase some of the most exciting new works from artists in the North West and from across the world.”
“This is a season full of joy, compassion and excitement, that I’m proud to say represents the best of HOME at this exciting moment when – finally – all three of our artforms are live again in our building.”