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Outspoken returns for a spellbinding afternoon of performance during LGBT History Month.


mandla is a Zimbabwean writer and performance artist. mandla is agender and uses mandla in place of pronouns. mandla’s work explores the artist’s intersecting identities, reflections and musings – using a range of mediums but usually with an intricate focus on words and storytelling. the artists is the writer and performer of ‘as british as a watermelon’ which will be touring in 2022. mandla is an Associate Artist for Outbox Theatre, who make performance queerly.

A person with short black hair and a yellow top sitting, looking into the camera.

Credit: Heather Glazzard

Jordan Skelly

Jordan is a poet, writer, theatre-maker and performer from Manchester who has worked with Contact theatre, MIF and Royal Exchange. Poetry forms the core of their practice, using lyrical language and lilting rhyme schemes to explore the beauty and horror of the world around us. They draw on their working-class experience to dissect injustices and issues that are pertinent to changes we need to see. Being a bisexual Gemini, they love to play within the binary and fight against it. Expect some strong language, stronger rhymes and a performance that will leave you with thoughts, questions, sadness and joy in equal measure

Find Jordan on Instagram at @Poetic__fallacy

Artist Jordan Skelly stares down the camera with hair slicked back and a hoodie zipped up to their neck in a black and white headshot

Dylan James

I’m a non-binary writer hailing from Guernsey and nestled comfortably in Manchester. Currently, my work is inspired by rhetoric and the musicality of language. I’m also concerned with the context of my own poetic voice within my work. Specifically, I’m interested in hypocrisy and the beautiful contradictions of the human condition.

I’m a firm believer in making the arts accessible for all. This is something I strive to achieve with my own work. In particular, I aim for both the form and content of my work to transcend traditional poetic spaces and reach people who may not necessarily be into poetry themselves.

Artist Dylan James stands with pink hair and a beard against a tapestry backdrop lit in pink light


This event is part of Queer Contact. Each February, as part of LGBT History Month, Queer Contact’s programming converges in a festival of events – Queer Contact Festival – featuring the best performance, music, spoken word, dance, theatre and visual art with local young people and performers interacting with the best UK and international talent.


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This show has content warnings, please read in full here.


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  • Price
    Full Price: £10 | Under 35: £8 | Concessions: £5 | Contact Membership: FREE
  • Venue

    Contact, Oxford Road, Manchester, M15 6JA

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Date Time & Place
Saturday 19 February 2:00pm
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