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. Our shows are presented in Manchester before touring nationally, internationally and through live streaming, including recent productions 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.

Contact is an active member of Live Art UK and Venues North. You can see more opportunities across the North through the Routes In – 2018 publication.


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.

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Working within a group of independent theatres in Greater Manchester, we have produced a guide, to share what we can do to support, sustain and nurture the sector.

This guide is a starting point for anyone looking to find their way around the wealth of opportunities on offer to theatre makers in Greater Manchester. It includes information from some of the leading theatre organisations in the area – some venues, some not – about the kind of work they support, the programmes they have available and the best person for you to contact if you want to find out more.

Open Doors – GM Artist Development Guide