Throughout the whole of 2019 Contact will continue to bring diverse and ambitious work from around the world to venues and audiences across Greater Manchester.
Contact are thrilled to be presenting a major show from regular collaborator, poet, and write Inua Ellams, whose National Theatre Production of Barber Shop Chronicles will be at Royal Exchange Theatre, along with staging a taster of their annual Queer Contact Festival.
Multi-award-winning Bristol-based theatre company Ad Infintium will be kicking off Queer Contact Festival and the season as a whole at The Lowry in February with their latest hilarious and thought-provoking play, No Kids, exploring the chaotic social anxieties of same sex parenting.
Contact will also be hosting a series of open forums and workshops on the Saturday of the festival hosted by international artists and curators Nima Séne and Tuna Erdem at brand new Manchester venue YES, alongside a packed programme of young poets and spoken word artists performing as Outspoken. The festival this year will, amongst other themes, put in dialogue questions of otherness related to queer, migrant and PoC identities.
Later in the year Contact will be presenting two shows from the brilliant Contact Young Company, the first in partnership with Battersea Arts Centre followed by a collaboration with local spoken word heroes, Young Identity As ever with the Contact Young Company and Young Identity expect a frank and cutting social and political commentary with no stone left unturned.
Bringing this vibrant season of art and activism to a head in May, Contact, as part of Resistance in Residence in collaboration with Transform, will be bringing a group of young activist-performers from Brazil, now a national phenomenon, who have made a sensational show about their protest to education cuts, coletivA ocupação: When It Breaks It Burns.
For more information head to www.contactmcr.com