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Outbox and Shoreditch Town Hall present

Created by the critically acclaimed OUTBOX - whose work blurs boundaries, disrupts, challenges and delights – GROOVE features a fierce and mighty cast of intergenerational dancers and actors moving to the pulsing music and shimmering lights.

Based on the real stories and testimonies of LGBTQIA+ people across generations, GROOVE is a brand new performance exploring the dance floor as a place of protest, identity, belonging and desire, embracing what it means to be queer, then, now, and in the future.

Experience the mesmerising lasers and video, combined with the rhythm of era-defining and defying original beats, shapeshifting you through time and across decades. Prepare to leave it all on the dance floor… get ready to GROOVE.

Supported by National Lottery Reaching Community, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and Arts Council England.

On Outbox And The Rest of Me Floats:

‘Frankly, just f***ing brilliant’ Time Out ★★★★ 

A joy for anyone to experience The Guardian  ★★★★ 

An astonishing theatrical achievement Everything Theatre ★★★★★ 

Bold and beautifully constructed exploration of gender diversity’ The Stage ★★★★

ACCESS

There will be an audio-described option for the performance of GROOVE Thursday 6th October at 7.30pm.

Ahead of the audio-described performance, there will be a FREE touch tour. Taking place 60 minutes before the performance, the touch tour is a free experience where patrons can walk through the set, touch props, feel costumes and familiarise themselves with visual and sensory materials in the performance.

Outbox Theatre are working with The Difference Engine to provide captioning for their production of GROOVE. The Difference Engine enables audiences to receive captions on their own mobile devices via a free app or browser.

More information on using The Difference Engine can be found at this link here.

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 boxoffice@contactmcr.com, or get in touch via direct message on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram (@contactmcr on all three platforms).

Once you have been booked in a wheelchair seat once, you can book online from then onwards and do not have to call our box office team to facilitate your booking. Please do reach out if you have any questions about this process.

Content Warning: Lighting & Haze

This production contains the kinds of lighting and special effects you would find in a nightclub; this may include roving, rhythmic flashing, scanning and haze.

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CAST

Fraser Buchanan is a queer dance artist working in performance, production and education. They co-curate queer dance platform MIND UR HEAD and are a creative producer with LGBTQIA+ charity Raze Collective. Recent professional collaborators include Clod Ensemble, Marikiscrycrycry, JGrrey & Christopher Matthews, for Wildcard Festival at Sadlers Wells. Their solo and ensemble work has been performed across London (Lilian Baylis, The Place & Bunker Theatre).

Lavinia Co-Op is a ‘living leg-end’, renowned drag performer and was a key member of radical gay theatre group BLOOLIPS from 1977 onwards, performing musical comedy and touring shows like Lust in Space and Get Hur across the UK, Europe, and North America. Their credits include solo show Up Yours (Southbank Centre), Frock Off (NYC), Installations Instillettos (NYC & London), How to catch a Krampus, Escape from Planet Trash (Pleasance Theatre) and United Queendom (Kensington Palace).

A.de Castro is a renowned theatre maker, teacher of theatre and founder of Contemporary Clowning Projects, the unique UK’s organisation dedicated to clowning, and its training and community project The Why Not Institute. de Castro created their clown Souza and solo show ‘The Gift’ in 1990, touring it all over the world over 30 years including in Scandinavia, USA, Brazil, Europe and UK. de Castro has performed in many theatre, film and television shows in their native Brazil, and were part of the original cast of the ground-breaking show Macunaima. In the UK and Europe de Castro’s credits include: Slava’s Snowshow‘, ‘Hell Is Not So Hot’, ‘Fools’ Gold’, ‘Scapegoat’ (Mummerandada Circus Theatre Co), ‘Angels & Amazons’(Ra Ra Zoo Circus Theatre Co.), ‘Under Glass’ (Clod Ensemble, Saddlers Well, London), ‘Futurology’ (National Theatre Scotland, UK), The New Tenant (Young Vic Theatre, London), Treasure Island (National Theatre London) and ‘The Butch Monologues’ (hotpencil press, Vital Xposure and The Drakes collective, UK and New York). de Castro has devised a number of their own shows including ‘My Life Is Like A YoYo’ (UK tour), Only Fools No Horses (UK tour), ‘Laughing Matters’ (Battersea Arts Centre / Bristol Old Vic / Jyvaskyla Festival Finland), ‘The Road’ (Global tour), and recently a research for a clown opera ‘Alone’ (R&D at Stratford Circus Arts Centre).

Sky Frances is a recent RADA graduate. GROOVE marks their professional stage debut.

Jacob Seelochan’s theatre credits include Jacob Wants His Grandad (Pleasance Theatre/Nottingham Playhouse), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Nottingham Playhouse), Dear Elizabeth (Gate Theatre) and Nevergreen (Arcola Theatre) and for television; Shadow and Bone. 

Kim Tatum, also known as Mzz Kimberley, is a singer, actress, cabaret performer, fashion icon, LGBTQ+ activist, ambassador for ParaPride, and patron of AIDS Memorial UK. Kim was awarded the ‘10/10’ award in 2019 at the House of Lords from The Naz Project. Kim made the 2020 and 2021 LGBT Power List. In 2020, Kim was the first trans woman to present for the ‘Black British Theatre Awards’. Kim is the director and founder of Mzz Kimberley’s LIFE, highlighting trans performers. Theatre credits include; Trans Scripts (UK Tour), Summer in London (Theatre Royal Stratford East), The Vampires of Sodom (US Tour), In The Flesh (US Tour), Closets (Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester), Transpose (Barbican), The Maids (Russian Tour), Straight White Men (Southwark Playhouse), and Dead and Breathing (UK Tour). Screen Credits include; Child of Polycritus – Official Selection BFI London Film Festival 2021, Still I Thrive & StudLife (dir. Campbell X), I Threw It (dir. Sean Linnen – The Old Vic), The Killer Tongue (dir. Alberto Sciamma), Cold Feet (dir. Mark Mylod), and Club Le Monde (dir. Simon Rumley). Film credits include The Finellis. 

Ben Buratta directs. Their theatre credits include And The Rest of Me Floats (Bush Theatre/ Birmingham Rep), Affection (The Glory), Hookup (Hackney Showroom), Outbox:Snapshots, You Could Move (Arcola Theatre) and Reach Out and Touch Me (Shoreditch Town Hall).

Black and White Headshots of the cast

  • Price
    £18 Full price | £15 Under 35 | £10 Concessions | 50% off with a Contact Membership
  • Venue

    Contact, Oxford Rd, Manchester, M15 6JA

  • Ages
    16+
  • Running
    1 hour 10 minutes
  • Booking info

    Please note, this production contains the kinds of lighting and special effects you would find in a nightclub; this may include roving, rhythmic flashing, scanning and haze.

  • Genre
Date Time & Place
Wednesday 5 October 7:30pm
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Thursday 6 October 7:30pm
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Friday 7 October 7:30pm
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