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This summer, we will be presenting a series of outdoor shows taking audiences out onto the streets and into unusual spaces across the city.



We start with  Saturnalia, which has been rescheduled to Thursday 8 – Saturday 10 July, featuring Contact Young Company and Level Up taking over Manchester’s Projekt Skate Park to celebrate the return of live culture to Manchester’s streets.  The show will be directed by Dominic Garfield from HighRise Theatre, whose acclaimed grime show Lil.Miss.Lady headlined Black Gold Arts Festival at Contact last October. Ticket info will be announced soon.

Image Credit Dom Varden


Part show, part consultation, Devices is a conversation over the phone between one performer and one audience member. Together, you’ll talk about health, care, technology – and the intersections between them. A visual artist will be listening to your chat, and will create a piece of artwork for you inspired by your responses.

Free slots are available to book Wednesday 30 June – Thursday 1 July.

Contact + MIF

Next, we team up with Manchester International Festival to take over Manchester Central for Looking Forward to Tomorrow. One year ago, a group of Greater Manchester residents aged 16 to 70 came together with Contact and MIF to share their hopes, thoughts and ideas about the future. Now, in Equality (Saturday 10 July) and Environment (Saturday 17 July), they’ll invite the audience to explore with them what our future holds – and how can we make it better.


The 2020 edition of the legendary House of Suarez + Contact Vogue Ball was the last live event Contact produced before lockdown forced venues across the UK to close. Now, Vogue Ball comes back to Manchester on Sunday 25 July at the newly-announced Homeground, the new outdoor theatre space near First Street. Vogue Houses from far and wide will be bringing their fiercest performers to compete for dance supremacy in a macabre and magical experience at the CarnEviL Ball, hosted by Rikki Beadle-Blair. Tickets for Vogue Ball will be on sale from Wednesday 2 June, with priority booking for Contact members from Tuesday 1 June.

A dancer at Vogue Ball

Vogue Ball February 2020 – Image Credit Drew Forsyth


Explore Manchester in a whole new light with A Home for Grief (Thursday 29 – Saturday 31 July). This sound-walk will take you from Contact’s building on a journey across the city’s streets, while listening to the voices of women expressing their stories of grief, loss and renewal. The show has been created by artist Fabiola Santana in response to the complex forms of loss and grief experienced during the Covid-19 pandemic. Tickets on sale now.

Two figures in a shadowy room

A Home for Grief – Image credit Darren Andrews


Jumping back into the digital world, we’ll be hosting the livestreamed launch of Every Brain on Thursday 12 August. This is a set of guides for theatres and cultural organisations on supporting neurodiversity, featuring live performances. Book your free space now.


If ‘Islam’ comes from ‘peace’, how can you fear peace?

Presented by Fuel and Common Wealth, Peaceophobia (29 September – 2 October) is part show, part car meet and an exploration of how you find peace in a world that tells you who you are. Taking over a floor of Q-Park near Manchester’s First Street, with a Supra, a Golf and a classic Nova, Peaceophobia brings together cars and theatre with cinematic lighting and an original electronic sound score.

Peaceophobia performance - Three men and three cars in a covered car park

Peaceophobia © Karol Wyszynski


For just £10 a year, you can get access to range of exclusive deals, free tickets and priority booking (including early booking for Vogue Ball.) Buy Now.

Events at Contact

Check out the full range of events and shows at Contact on our What’s On page.