Contact is internationally renowned for producing relevant, distinctive new work. Our shows are always entertaining, and often respond to the realities facing young people.

We work with a diverse range of artists with something important to say about the world. Shows are presented in Manchester before touring nationally, as well as through live streaming, and even on BBCTV and iPlayer.

Contact produces in 3 main ways: in-house Productions or Co-Productions with partner companies; Contact Commissions; and Contact Young Company productions. See CONTACT PRODUCES for details.

We also deliver a wealth of artist support opportunities: labs to test new ideas, seed fund commissions, R&D residencies and flagship festival commissions. See OPPORTUNITIES for details.


We present contemporary theatre, dance, live art, cabaret, spoken word, circus, comedy and music. We support artists who work across any or all of these art-forms, or who are inventing new forms. We have a particular interest in work that speaks to people under 30, that is socially engaged or that young people find exciting and relevant.

Find out more about our programming