Contact is where young people change their lives through the arts, and audiences of all ages experience exciting new shows.We are the leading national theatre and arts venue to place young people at the decision-making heart of everything.At Contact, young people aged 13-30 genuinely lead, working alongside staff in deciding the artistic programme, making staff appointments and act as full Board members.The result is an outstanding, diverse and accessible artistic programme for everyone.


Based in our unique creative building in Manchester, we work locally, nationally, and internationally to provide life-changing opportunities for the next generation of artists, creative leaders and audiences.

We redefine theatre for the 21st Century, working with young people and world-class artists to produce and present a diverse programme for everyone: in our building, surprising places and virtual spaces.


Our vision is a world where young people are empowered by creativity to become leaders in the arts and their communities.


We use our values to guide our work and to evaluate the success of our projects. Contact’s core values are:-

  • A young people centred approach to decision making
  • Artistic excellence, integrity and creative risk-taking
  • Fostering respect for diversity, and understanding between communities
  • The development of new artists, creative leaders and audiences, working especially with people who have not engaged with theatre or the arts

Company Information

Contact is a trading name of Manchester Young People’s Theatre Ltd, a company limited by guarantee.

Registered in England and Wales No 01066757

Registered office: Contact, Devas Street, Oxford Road, Manchester, M15 6JA

Charity No: 501953