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Contact In The City 2019: Queer Contact returns alongside events surrounding politics, protest and community

Manchester’s Contact Theatre has just announced the third part of its Contact In The City programme which runs from the start of 2019 until July.

Offering a wide variety of shows and productions that promise to delve into urgent intercultural questions of politics, protest and community, the season will also welcome back the return of Queer Contact.

Contact In The City will bring diverse and ambitious work from around the world to venues and audiences across Greater Manchester. The season of events includes a major show from regular collaborator, poet and writer Inua Ellams, whose National Theatre production of Barber Shop Chronicles will be at the Royal Exchange Theatre (Thursday 7 – Saturday 23 March).

(Barber Shop Chronicles/Dean Chalkley)

Later in the year, Contact will host two shows from the brilliant Contact Young Company, the first in partnership with Battersea Arts Centre (Friday 3 – Saturday 4 May) followed by a collaboration with local spoken word heroes, Young Identity (Wednesday 12 – Saturday 15 June). As ever with the Contact Young Company and Young Identity expect a frank and cutting social and political commentary with no stone left unturned.

Multi-award-winning Bristol-based theatre company Ad Infintium will be kicking off Queer Contact Festival with their latest hilarious and thought-provoking play, No Kids (Friday 1 February), at The Lowry. The performance explores the chaotic social anxieties of same-sex parenting.

More Queer Contact events include Mother’s Ruin, which will return on Friday 8 February, and the now-famous Manchester Vogue Ball will be held on Saturday 9 February. A series of open forums and workshops on the Saturday will be hosted by international artists and curators Nima Séne and Tuna Erdem at brand new Manchester venue YES, alongside a packed programme of young poets and spoken word artists performing as Outspoken (Saturday 9 February). The festival this year will, amongst other themes, put in dialogue questions of otherness related to queer, migrant and PoC identities.

(Nima Sene)

Bringing this vibrant season of art and activism to a head in May, Contact, as part of Resistance in Residence in collaboration with Transform, will be bringing a group of young activist-performers from Brazil, now a national phenomenon, who have made a sensational show about their protest to education cuts, coletivA ocupação: When It Breaks It Burns (Wednesday 8 – Thursday 9 May).

Matt Fenton – Artistic Director at Contact said:

“In Spring 2019 Contact builds on the ambition of our In The City programme, continuing a journey across the city that has included the Palace Theatre, Science & Industry Museum, Upper Campfield Market and a working sari shop on Curry Mile.”

Our new programme explores global politics, decolonisation and protest in collaboration with international artists and radical young voices from our city.

Fenton added: “It reaffirms Contact’s commitment to local social action and global solidarity in these challenging times.”

If you can’t wait until 2019, then fear not as there’s plenty of productions going on across Manchester – such as Jackie Hagan’s ‘The Forest of Forgotten Discos’, and Lily Sykes’ ‘The Maids’ at HOME.

Contact In The City – Part Three – 2019 will go on sale at 12pm on Thursday 15 March, by phone on 0161 274 0600 or online at contactmcr.com.

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