List of Events

  1. Emergency 23

    Saturday 30 September
    Manchester’s 23rd micro-marathon of the bizarre, the bold, and the beautiful takes over Contact on Saturday 30 September, from noon til 10pm, with an afternoon of installations, interventions, and limited capacity works— followed by an…


  2. Contact Presents: Continuing Professional Development

    We're excited to present a number of masterclasses suitable for freelancers, educators and small organisations within the cultural sector and beyond!

    Contact Presents

  3. Vignettes

    Six new short plays, written in special collaboration with Greater Manchester Rape Crisis, in honour of their 45th Anniversary.
  4. Max Porter presents Shy

    “Max Porter has a way of writing unlike anyone else. I loved Shy. I finished it elated and tearful, joyful and terrified, changed by the journey. It moved and surprised me and that is what I look for in my favourite artists.” – PJ…
  5. An Evening with Zadie Smith

    With The Fraud, Zadie Smith turns her incredible talent to historical fiction for the first time, telling the tale of the Tichborne Case, the trial that captivated and divided Victorian England in the 1860s and 70s. Told through the eyes…
  6. An Evening with Linton Kwesi Johnson

    Experience a special event with pioneering Jamaican reggae poet, performer, activist and critic, Linton Kwesi Johnson, hosted by Jackie Kay.
  7. 14%

    Step aboard a journey into British identity. How do we find belonging? Football shirts? Baked bean sandwiches? This tilting play will be a kick to the senses. Funny, frank and fragrant. Set against the frenzy of the Lionesses' success.…

    Contact Presents

  8. 14%: Hometown Pride & Identity

    A free creative workshop exploring identity, pride and connection to home, led by Bronte Appleby.


  9. Brown Boys Swim

    Best friends Mohsen and Kash are gearing up for the biggest night of their lives – Jess Denver’s pool party. There’s just one problem…they can’t swim. Fuelled by halal Haribo and chicken wings, the pair throw themselves in at the deep end,…
  10. 14%: National Anthems

    At the top of any match, footballers and fans often sing (or do not sing) their national anthems.


  11. Funny Girls Halloween Show starring Betty Legs Diamond

    Basil Newby presents the legendary Betty Legs Diamond and the Funny Girls follies in their fabulous Halloween tour.
  12. Nikesh Shukla: Brown Baby

    How do we raise our kids with joy and wonder in uncertain and – let’s face it – increasingly bleak times?
  13. Truth's a Dog Must to Kennel

    The Fool leaves King Lear before the blinding. Before the ice-creams in the interval. In this extraordinary new solo work, Tim Crouch draws on ideas of virtual reality to send the character back to the wreckage of the world they…
  14. Hot Orange

    It’s summer. It’s hot. Like really hot. Like ice pop after melting ice pops hot. Like orange midday sun hot. Across the divide of a scorched basketball court two girls meet, shoot hoops and discover their shared obsessions make them…
  15. Lawrence Chaney - Overweight and OVER IT!

    Overweight and OVER IT is about the trials and tribulations of being plus size!
  16. Nine Lessons and Carols for Curious People

    The legendary annual celebration of all things curious and creative returns to Manchester for 2023. Nine Lessons is a variety night like no other. Hosted by comedian Robin Ince and featuring a plethora of incredible (often secret!)…
  17. eight-freestyle and Contact Present: Cinderella

    The Godmother of all pantomimes is BACK (now with added girl power!)