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Contact are looking for seven creative activists aged 14-18 to take part in The House is on Fire. Image Credit: Audrey Albert


We are looking for young performance artists (14-18 years old) – rappers, singers, actors, beatboxers, poets, musicians, dancers -to come together to work on a unique performance opportunity. You’ll be motivated to create social change and platform the experiences of young people. You’ll be interested in creating socially engaged art and using it to raise awareness of current issues.

The House is On Fire participants will co-create a brand-new immersive performance piece. Led by socially engaged artists and activists Rory Aaron and Audrey Albert, you’ll explore issues facing young people today.

You’ll work collaboratively, bringing together ideas and art forms – creating a final piece that will be performed at Contact on Saturday 30 October 2021.


In the sessions, you’ll share ideas, get creative and develop a brand-new socially engaged performance piece.

Sessions will take place from September-October 2021 resulting in a final performance on Saturday 30 October. You must be available for the dates below:


  • Wednesday 22 September, 5-8pm
  • Monday 27 September, 5-8pm
  • Saturday 2 October, 10-6pm
  • Sunday 3 October, 10-6pm
  • Monday 25 October, 10-6pm
  • Tuesday 26 October, 10-6pm
  • Wednesday 27 October, 10-6pm
  • Thursday 28 October, 10-6pm
  • Performance: Saturday 30 October, time TBC


  • Are 14-18 years old;
  • Live in Manchester;
  • Are passionate about art and activism;
  • Can commit to the session dates above.


To apply, click here:

Alternatively, you can answer the questions below in writing, voice note or video and send your application by email to: or by text/Whatsapp to: 07587 051528.

  • Your name
  • Pronouns (if you’d like to share them)
  • Your age
  • Your email/phone number
  • Why do you want to take part in The House is on Fire?
  • What is your creative practice? (E.g. poetry, dance, theatre)
  • What do you think are the current issues facing young people? 

Deadline for applications: Wednesday 8 September, 10am

After the deadline, we’ll be in touch to arrange a chat with you about your application and find out more about why you’d like to take part.

For more information, on any of the above, please contact Rose Sergent, Assistant Producer – / 07587 051528


A man stands in a hat and Adidas jacket holding a microphone and gesturing to the audience

Rory Aaron

Rory Aaron is a poet, lyricist and creative practitioner, who has recently had his first collection, ‘Doglike’ published by Bearded Badger Publishers, and film with BBC New Creatives.  Through his writing, he explores themes such as mental health, class, industrialisation and the changing landscape of modern cities. He has also been part of a number of cross-art performances such as BREATHE with Manchester International Festival and VAM with Partisan Collective. Rory also specialises in working with young people from Working Class communities and supporting them to develop their own creative practice and social change projects.

Audrey Albert sits on a table with a water bottle to her left and artwork balanced next to her

Audrey Albert

Audrey Albert is a Mauritius-born, Manchester-based artist, photographer and creative facilitator. Her research-led practice enables her to consider and investigate themes of identity, collective memory, displacement, tradition and denial. Her main creative media are digital and analogue photography, but she also explores camera-less ways of sharing her research and creativity. Her work Matter Out of Place has been exhibited in Manchester, Arles in France, Pingyao in China, and Port-Louis in Mauritius. Selected for the Future Fires 2020 programme at Contact Manchester, she is also one of the 2021 Creative Fellows for Manchester International Festival. Audrey is currently working on Chagossians of Manchester, a socially engaged art project.


Contact is the leading national theatre and arts venue to place young people at the decision-making heart of everything.

The House is on Fire is funded by Young Manchester