Contact's Young Programming & Producing Team
Re:Con, Contact’s Young Programming and Producing Team, is a pioneering initiative consisting of four young arts practitioners from diverse artistic backgrounds. Working directly with Contact’s programming department, Re:Con have received support and development to become part of the new generation of cultural leaders.
The name Re:Con was created as a response to the first task set by Contact – to be a reconnaissance team for a theatre with young people at its heart. They have been seeking out the most inspirational and exciting theatrical works within Manchester and around the UK.
The members of the first Re:Con team influenced and shaped Contact’s programme through involvement with events such as Playspace and re:play Festival. As ambassadors of the programming department, Re:Con have received a unique opportunity to gain an inside perspective of how a theatre runs its seasonal and yearly programmes.
The culmination of their year of activity was the Lost & Found festival, a self-produced venture – a unique city wide festival, which explores the idea of art being found and unearthed in remarkable places. The first festival took place in July 2011 and has been produced each year since.
The members of Re:Con (2010-2011):
- Phil Brankin: Performer & Writer
- Alex Browning: Director & Performer
- Jennifer Gaskell: Deviser & Performer
- Rachel Moorhouse: Director & Writer