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Join us for a journey through disabled protest – lived, shared and celebrated.

DIS:Play is an immersive living history museum created by young disabled creatives from across Greater Manchester, in collaboration with Director Sam Holley-Horseman. Combining live performance, sensory spaces, and digital installations, this hybrid event has access and activism at its heart.

For months, the Young Creatives have worked together online to develop creative skills and learn the history of the Disabled People’s Movement. Now, they’re taking over Contact to share their responses and their lived experience with the world through DIS:Play. What does it mean to be young and unapologetically disabled?

The story of those braves before us and our needs now.

We are still here. Having to spend our lives protesting to live.

These are our wishes for the future. Disabled people have dreams too.

Disabled people make up over 20% of the UK’s population, meaning they are the UK’s largest minority. But how much do you know about the Disabled People’s Movement? Without it, we would have no Disability Discrimination Act. No Equality Act. But this work – and disabled people themselves – continue to be forgotten.

We want to change that. Join us at Contact or online for DIS:Play – expect activism, recorded interviews, installations, and art.

This project is a collaboration between Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People, Contact, and Archives +. It is funded by Young Manchester.

Creative Team

Sam Holley-Horseman – Director

Matt Needham – Assistant Director

Ellie Ferguson – Designer


We have thought creatively about access across this project. When you book a ticket for the in-person event, you will be prompted to tell us which of our access options you’d like to make use of, as well as any additional access needs you may have. If we have any questions about your replies, we will contact you after you book your ticket.

In terms of access options available, all films and performances will be captioned and will integrate audio description. The Saturday evening performance will be BSL interpreted. During this event Contact will be run as a sensory-aware venue. We will provide a chill-out space. We will provide easy read guides. We are wheelchair user-friendly.

If you would like to experience this event online (via a combination of livestream and pre-recorded material) you do not need to book a ticket through our system. Instead, sign up here to receive information about how to experience this event in your own space and time:

If you have any access needs you want to discuss with us, please call the box office Monday to Friday between 10 – 10pm on 0161 274 0600. Alternatively, you can email the box office on, or get in touch via direct message on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram (@contactmcr on all three platforms).

A layered image with black text that reads "DIS:Play, a living museum of disabled protest" against a faded black and white image of a range of people moving through Manchester city centre, holding placards and moving in the same direction in the act of protest. Some people are in wheelchairs, some walking, some facing the camera with a faint smile.

  • Price
  • Venue

    Contact, Oxford Road, Manchester, M15 6JA

  • Ages
  • Running
    90 minutes, plus a 15 minute interval
Date Time & Place
Saturday 9 April 2:00pm
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Saturday 9 April 6:30pm
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