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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