While we wait to welcome you back to Contact, our plans, events and projects carry on.

Like other theatres and arts venues across the UK, we remain closed during the current pandemic. However, we still have plenty going on during this time, so we’ve put together this round-up page with all the details.

Live Events

While we had to cancel the last of our Spring 2020 Contact in the City Performances, we have been collaborating with various other organisations to bring live performances to your homes and screens.

Young Identity: One Mic Stand – Online

In April, we hosted the first ever One Mic Stand as an entirely online event, featuring special guests, slam competitors and an interactive audience.

Word of Warning + Contact: Works Ahead 2020

Works Ahead 2020 was moved to an online format, with artist Will Dickie performing a in-progress version of his new work White Sun via livestream on Friday 22 May. The performance is now available to watch on YouTube.

Fuel + Uninvited Guests: Love Letters Straight From Your Heart

This 5* show celebrating the music, dedications and declarations of love ‘toured’ virtually to Contact on Wednesday 27 May to perform for a sell-out Zoom-based audience.

Our City Speaks

On Sunday 31 May, We joined forces with Young Identity and Manchester City of Literature for a night of spoken word and poetry, celebrating some of our city’s brightest talents, as part of United We Stream GM.

Be Ill-Disciplined

Artist and Academic Kai Syng Tan hosts this online performance lecture to critically and creatively explore leadership – and to think about yourself as a leader. Saturday 19 September – places are free but limited so sign up now.

Projects to Get Involved in

A Week’s Notice

For seven weeks between March and May, seven freelance artists created daily prompts to help you stay mindful and creative.

Homeskool Beatbox Adventures with Shlomo

Every week during May/June, champion beatboxer SK Shlomo hosted a livestreamed interactive show for kids and their families. These videos are still available on our Facebook page.

The Lost Summer

Here at Contact we want to preserve and share stories of Lost Summers, and we would love to hear yours. Send us your story in whatever creative way you’d like – we’ll be looking to feature some on a podcast later this year.

Developing the Next Generation

We’ve been able to move several of our ongoing projects online, remotely supporting and mentoring our young people in The Agency, Future Fires and Level Up through online workshops and resources, and now

#FreelanceTaskforce

We’re also supporting the Freelance Taskforce, established to discover and profile the needs of self-employed and freelance theatre and performance makers. Zorazelda King is our northwest representative, and you can read her first blog post here.

Announcements and Commissions

We’re continuing to work with partnering organisations and develop opportunities to young artists to create new performances and works. We’ll continue to update you on where their creative journeys take them.

Adam Ali and Miray Sidhom: New Seed Commissions

Ergon Theatre: Bee The Change Commission

Making Contact

We are close to completing our amazing building redevelopment, but we still need your support to help us buy equipment and complete the finishing touches. Please donate to create a fabulous home for the next generation of performers, creatives and community leaders.