Contact Autumn 2009

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CONTACT IN PROFILE CONTACT YOUNG TECH TEAM: JESSICA PENNY CONTACT PARTNER COMPANY: PEN-ULTIMATE ALEX PHOTO In October 1999, a reinvigorated CONTACT opened its doors with a new building and a new vision that placed young people firmly at the heart of everything it did. When I first came here from New York in 2005, I found a welcoming and diverse place full of creative possibility. Now ten years after its rebirth, artistic energy continues to flow throughout our building and into the local community as young artists from the region and touring companies from across the globe come together to learn, grow and create art. I am honoured to be Contact’s new ARTISTIC DIRECTOR/CHIEF EXECUTIVE and I’m excited to begin this journey in our 10th anniversary season. I look forward to celebrating with you as we welcome back some old friends and introduce you to some new ones… First up in the celebrations, I will be joining PLAYBACK NYC and young artists from Contact over the years, to playback stories and memories of our last decade. This will be special – don’t miss it! SEAN CERNOW and MARCUS HERCULES had their first taste of performing at Contact in 2000 and both return this season. Sean presents a new site-specific show, BEING SEBASTIAN and Marcus joins his family for MAKE-BELIEVE, the brand-new show from QUARANTINE. Hip hop theatre director/performer BENJI REID’s long association with us continues with his new show THE DEVIL HAS QUENTIN’S HEART; while we present the first solo outing of ALI GADEMA AKA FRISKO DAN, a graduate of CONTACT YOUNG ACTORS COMPANY, with CONTRADICTIONS; and KEITH SAHA, who appeared in Contact’s very first production, WISE GUYS, is back with 20 STORIES HIGH and their new show BLACKBERRY TROUT FACE. ...and don’t miss AIR resident artists KATE BRADNAM and CAROLINE P CHURCHILL as they explore the sights and sounds of the building in ARCHITECTURE: THEATRE and UNTAPPED FREQUENCIES. I look forward to seeing you here…come help us blow out the candles! Baba Israel Artistic Director/Chief Executive WE ARE 10! 0161 274 0600 WWW.CONTACT-THEATRE.ORG SEPT OCT NOV DEC09 THE DEVIL HAS QUENTIN’S HEART BLACKBERRY TROUT FACE MAKE - BELIEVE PLASTIC Image too small Jessica first joined Contact as a Host in 2003 and is now a Duty Manager. In 2006, she took part in Contact’s international theatre exchange, Contacting The World, and joined Contact Young Tech Team in 2008: CYTT has opened so many doors - and with support from Contact, I now have the confidence to go through them. I’ve since been Assistant Stage Manager and Stage Manager on a few productions and I’m looking forward to learning more. I’ve experienced things and been introduced to people I would never have met and although I can’t imagine leaving Contact, when my time comes I can proudly say that I‘m a Contact graduate. Picture credit: Jessica in rehearsals for Medea, June 2009. Contact’s first partner company for our 10th anniversary year is Pen-ultimate, a new spoken word and hip hop theatre collective comprised of five highly skilled poets, MCs and actors: Ali Gadema, Ben Mellor, Martin Stannage, Niven Ganner and Samira Arhin-Acquah. The group began working together after coming up through Contact projects such as CYAC, and other Manchester institutions such as Benji Reid’s Process. As individual artists and members of other groups, Pen-ultimate have performed their work in theatres, clubs, prisons, schools, colleges and festivals nationally and internationally. Now they are set to follow up their early success with their first full–length theatre piece, A Night on the Tiles, premiering at Contact in Spring 2010 prior to a national tour. We are all very excited to be one of Contact’s key partner companies – to have that level of recognition for our work and support for our first full-length touring show is fantastic. Picture credit: A Night on the Tiles work-in-progress, Spring 2009. Photos by Mauro Camal. Our work with young people is at the heart of everything we do. Over the last 10 years we’ve nurtured, developed and provided opportunities to hundreds. Here are just a few: CONTACT YOUNG ACTORS COMPANY: NATHANIEL HALL Nathaniel is from South Manchester and is in his second term with Contact Young Actors Company: After graduating I was looking to work and network with artists and companies who pushed the boundaries of theatre - CYAC seemed like the right place! I want to learn new lessons, techniques and knowledge of theatre and its uses, as well as make new friends. I’m fanatical about great performance and art, human rights and injustices... combine the two and you have my ultimate passion!Picture credit: Nathaniel in Something of Nothing, April 2009 – photo by Tunji Oyewobi. CONTACT PARTNER COMPANY: 20 STORIES HIGH Co-Artistic Directors Keith Saha and Julia Samuels from 20 Stories High have had a long and fruitful relationship with us. Keith appeared as an actor in our first production Wise Guys, and Julia was involved in the first ever Contacting the World, when she worked at Theatre Royal Stratford East. Since then they have continued to be involved in some way. Last year saw the culmination of Keith’s Live and Direct Traineeship with the co-production of Babul and the Blue Bear. We are excited to be one of Contact’s key partner companies in its 10th anniversary year and delighted to continue our work with an organisation that promotes, encourages and inspires experimentation and forward thinking. Picture credit: Babul and the Blue Bear, Autumn 2008, photograph by Robert Day. BOOKINGS AND INFO: 0161 274 0600 WWW.CONTACT-THEATRE.ORG GETTING HERE Contact, Oxford Road, Manchester, M15 6JA We’re in the heart of one of the most vibrant and popular areas of Manchester, with excellent transport links. Regular buses leave from the City Centre and Piccadilly & Oxford Road train stations to just across the road. The closest car park, next door, is open to the public from 4:00pm on weekdays and all day at weekends. It costs £2 (you will need two £1 coins). ACCESS FOR DISABLED PEOPLE This guide is available in large print. We have a flat foyer entrance with ground floor access to our main space and Contact Lounge, and lift access to our other spaces. We also have accessible toilet facilities on all floors. Guide dogs can stay with you in the auditorium or be looked after by a member of staff. Please let us know when booking. You can book Hearing Aid Infrared System Receivers with your ticket at Box Office. Please see individual events for details of BSL interpreted or audio described performances. If you have any other access requirements please call or text the Duty Manager on 07970 094 069, who will be happy to help. JOIN US Virtual Contact: book tickets, sign up for regular e-bulletins, watch video and more at www.contact-theatre.org. Follow us on TWITTER, FACEBOOK, MYSPACE, FLICKR and YOUTUBE. Search: CONTACTMCR Mailing list: get the latest brochure direct to you; email [email protected] SAVE MONEY Come as a group – book 10 tickets and get one of them free. Our lowest standard ticket prices are concessions: for anyone under 18, with a disability, unemployed, full-time students or pensioners. A limited number of FREE tickets are available for young people under 26 registered to our FREEACT scheme (along with other discounts and special offers). See www.freeact.co.uk for more details. CONTACT LOUNGE For eating, drinking, chatting and general lounging, enjoy late breakfasts, chilled lunches or evening drinks with interesting beers and special coffee. Our food is fresh, tasty and full of good stuff. Check www.contact-theatre.org for parties, DJs and special events. INFORMATION Design by REFORM Creative. Cover Illustration by Neequaye Dreph, www.dreph.com All information correct at time of going to print. Check website for up to the minute info. OPENING TIMES CONTACT Mon to Fri 10:00am to 11:00pm Sat 12:00pm to 11:00pm BOOKINGS AND INFORMATION Mon to Fri 10:00am to 7:00pm Sat 12:00pm to 7:00pm 24hr booking at www.contact-theatre.org Bookings & Information closes at 6:00pm when there are no performances. CONTACT LOUNGE Mon to Fri 10:00am to 11:00pm Sat 12:00pm until late Registered Charity Number 501953 THIS IS CONTACT... WHERE IT’S AT... 0161 274 0600 www.contact-theatre.org CONTACT IS SUPPORTED BY: BOOKINGS AND INFO: FIND US Contact, Oxford Road, Manchester, M15 6JA Photo by Stuart Condy Photo by Irven Lewis Image by Andrew Tunney Photo by Gavin Parry

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Your guide to events at Contact from September to December 2009. Contact, Oxford Road, Manchester M15 6JA. 0161 274 0600 / http://www.contact-theatre.org

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  • CONTACT IN PROFILE

    CONTACT YOUNG TECH TEAM:

    JESSICA PENNY

    CONTACT PARTNER COMPANY:

    PEN-ULTIMATE

    ALEX PHOTO

    In October 1999, a reinvigorated CONTACT opened its doors with a new building and a new vision that placed young people firmly at the heart of everything it did. When I first came here from New York in 2005, I found a welcoming and diverse place full of creative possibility. Now ten years after its rebirth, artistic energy continues to flow throughout our building and into the local community as young artists from the region and touring companies from across the globe come together to learn, grow and create art.

    I am honoured to be Contacts new ARTISTIC DIRECTOR/CHIEF EXECUTIVE and Im excited to begin this journey in our 10th anniversary season. I look forward to celebrating with you as we welcome back some old friends and introduce you to some new ones

    First up in the celebrations, I will be joining PLAYBACK NYC and young artists from Contact over the years, to playback stories and memories of our last decade. This will be special dont miss it!

    SEAN CERNOW and MARCUS HERCULES had their first taste of performing at Contact in 2000 and both return this season. Sean presents a new site-specific show, BEING SEBASTIAN and Marcus joins his family for MAKE-BELIEVE, the brand-new show from QUARANTINE.

    Hip hop theatre director/performer BENJI REIDs long association with us continues with his new show THE DEVIL HAS QUENTINS HEART; while we present the first solo outing of ALI GADEMA

    AKA FRISKO DAN, a graduate of CONTACT YOUNG ACTORS COMPANY, with CONTRADICTIONS; and KEITH SAHA, who appeared in Contacts very first production, WISE GUYS, is back with 20 STORIES HIGH and their new show BLACKBERRY TROUT FACE.

    ...and dont miss AIR resident artists KATE BRADNAM and CAROLINE P CHURCHILL as they explore the sights and sounds of the building in ARCHITECTURE: THEATRE and UNTAPPED FREQUENCIES.

    I look forward to seeing you herecome help us blow out the candles!

    Baba IsraelArtistic Director/Chief Executive

    WE ARE 10!

    0161 274 0600 WWW.CONTACT-THEATRE.ORG

    SEPT OCTNOV

    DEC09

    THE DEVIL HAS

    qUENTINS HEART bLACkbERRY TROUT FACE MAkE

    -

    bELIEVEPLASTIC

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    Jessica first joined Contact as a Host in 2003 and

    is now a Duty Manager. In 2006, she took part in

    Contacts international theatre exchange,

    Contacting The World, and joined Contact Young

    Tech Team in 2008:

    CYTT has opened so many doors - and

    with support from Contact, I now have

    the confidence to go through them. Ive

    since been Assistant Stage Manager and

    Stage Manager on a few productions and

    Im looking forward to learning more.

    Ive experienced things and been

    introduced to people I would never have

    met and although I cant imagine leaving

    Contact, when my time comes I can

    proudly say that Im a Contact graduate.

    Picture credit: Jessica in rehearsals for Medea, June 2009.

    Contacts first partner company for our 10th

    anniversary year is Pen-ultimate, a new spoken

    word and hip hop theatre collective comprised

    of five highly skilled poets, MCs and actors: Ali

    Gadema, Ben Mellor, Martin Stannage, Niven

    Ganner and Samira Arhin-Acquah.

    The group began working together after coming

    up through Contact projects such as CYAC, and

    other Manchester institutions such as Benji Reids

    Process. As individual artists and members of

    other groups, Pen-ultimate have performed their

    work in theatres, clubs, prisons, schools, colleges

    and festivals nationally and internationally.

    Now they are set to follow up their early success

    with their first fulllength theatre piece, A Night

    on the Tiles, premiering at Contact in Spring

    2010 prior to a national tour.

    We are all very excited to be one of

    Contacts key partner companies to

    have that level of recognition for our

    work and support for our first full-length

    touring show is fantastic.

    Picture credit: A Night on the Tiles work-in-progress,

    Spring 2009. Photos by Mauro Camal.

    Our work with young people is at the heart of everything we do. Over the last 10 years weve

    nurtured, developed and provided opportunities to hundreds. Here are just a few:

    CONTACT YOUNG ACTORS COMPANY:

    NATHANIEL HALL

    Nathaniel is from South Manchester and is in his

    second term with Contact Young Actors Company:

    After graduating I was looking to work

    and network with artists and companies

    who pushed the boundaries of theatre -

    CYAC seemed like the right place! I want

    to learn new lessons, techniques and

    knowledge of theatre and its uses, as well

    as make new friends. Im fanatical about

    great performance and art, human

    rights and injustices... combine the two

    and you have my ultimate passion!

    Picture credit: Nathaniel in Something of Nothing,

    April 2009 photo by Tunji Oyewobi.

    CONTACT PARTNER COMPANY:

    20 STORIES HIGH

    Co-Artistic Directors Keith Saha and Julia

    Samuels from 20 Stories High have had a long

    and fruitful relationship with us. Keith appeared

    as an actor in our first production Wise Guys,

    and Julia was involved in the first ever

    Contacting the World, when she worked at

    Theatre Royal Stratford East.

    Since then they have continued to be involved

    in some way. Last year saw the culmination of

    Keiths Live and Direct Traineeship with the

    co-production of Babul and the Blue Bear.

    We are excited to be one of Contacts

    key partner companies in its 10th

    anniversary year and delighted to

    continue our work with an organisation

    that promotes, encourages and inspires

    experimentation and forward thinking.

    Picture credit: Babul and the Blue Bear, Autumn 2008,

    photograph by Robert Day.

    bOOkINGS AND INFO: 0161 274 0600WWW.CONTACT-THEATRE.ORG

    GETTING HEREContact, Oxford Road, Manchester, M15 6JA

    Were in the heart of one of the most vibrant and popular areas of Manchester, with excellent transport links. Regular buses leave from the City Centre and Piccadilly & Oxford Road train stations to just across the road. The closest car park, next door, is open to the public from 4:00pm on weekdays and all day at weekends. It costs 2 (you will need two 1 coins).

    ACCESS FOR DISAbLED PEOPLE

    This guide is available in large print.

    We have a flat foyer entrance with ground floor access to our main space and Contact Lounge, and lift access to our other spaces. We also have accessible toilet facilities on all floors.

    Guide dogs can stay with you in the auditorium or be looked after by a member of staff. Please let us know when booking.

    You can book Hearing Aid Infrared System Receivers with your ticket at Box Office. Please see individual events for details of BSL interpreted or audio described performances.

    If you have any other access requirements please call or text the Duty Manager on 07970 094 069, who will be happy to help.

    JOIN US

    Virtual Contact: book tickets, sign up for regular e-bulletins, watch video and more at www.contact-theatre.org. Follow us on TWITTER, FACEBOOK, MYSPACE, FLICKR and YOUTUBE. Search: CONTACTMCR

    Mailing list: get the latest brochure direct to you; email [email protected]

    SAVE MONEYCome as a group book 10 tickets and get one of them free. Our lowest standard ticket prices are concessions: for anyone under 18, with a disability, unemployed, full-time students or pensioners. A limited number of FREE tickets are available for young people under 26 registered to our FREEACT scheme (along with other discounts and special offers). See www.freeact.co.uk for more details.

    CONTACT LOUNGEFor eating, drinking, chatting and general lounging, enjoy late breakfasts, chilled lunches or evening drinks with interesting beers and special coffee. Our food is fresh, tasty and full of good stuff. Check www.contact-theatre.org for parties, DJs and special events.

    INFORMATION

    Design by REFORM Creative. Cover Illustration by Neequaye Dreph, www.dreph.com

    All information correct at time of going to print. Check website for up to the minute info.

    OPENING TIMESCONTACTMon to Fri 10:00am to 11:00pm Sat 12:00pm to 11:00pm

    bOOkINGS AND INFORMATIONMon to Fri 10:00am to 7:00pm Sat 12:00pm to 7:00pm

    24hr booking at www.contact-theatre.orgBookings & Information closes at 6:00pm when there are no performances.

    CONTACT LOUNGEMon to Fri 10:00am to 11:00pm Sat 12:00pm until late

    Registered Charity Number 501953

    THIS ISCONTACT...

    WHERE ITS AT...

    0161 274 0600www.contact-theatre.org

    CONTACT IS SUPPORTED bY:

    bOOkINGS AND INFO:

    FIND USContact, Oxford Road, Manchester, M15 6JA

    Photo by Stuart Condy Photo by Irven Lewis Image by Andrew Tunney Photo by Gavin Parry

  • SEPTEMbER/OCTObER OCTObER OCTObER/NOVEMbER

    SEPTEMbER

    Tue 1 September until Sat 31 October 2009

    FUTURE FIRES RECRUITMENTFuture Fires is an innovative programmedesigned to empower young artists by giving them the opportunity to design and deliver their own project with a community that they are a part of or have a special connection to. If you are 16-25 and want to be a part of Future Fires, call 0161 274 0625 or go to www.contact-theatre.org for more info. Deadline is 31 October 2009. Supported by Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

    Tue 1 September, 6:30pm to 8:30pm. FREE

    PANDA SPOTLIGHT ON... PRESENTING YOURSELFFind out practical tips on making the most of meeting producers and programmers. Booking via PANDA: 0161 274 0626 / www.panda-arts.org.uk

    Mon 7 September, 6:30pm to 8:30pm. FREE

    PANDA SPOTLIGHT ON...MAkING THE MOST OF FESTIVALS & SHOWCASESArtists who have presented work at arts festivals will share their knowledge. Booking via PANDA. Mon 14 September, 6:30pm to 8:30pm. FREE

    PANDA SPOTLIGHT ON... THE NORTH WEST Programmers and producers from around the world will be here for Decibel. This event looks at why the region is such a great place to make work. Booking via PANDA. Please note: this event is at Zion Arts Centre, Manchester M15 5ZA.

    Tue 15 September to Fri 18 September, various times. Arts Council England presentsDECIbEL PERFORMING ARTS SHOWCASEIf you are a programmer looking to programme diverse, distinctive and engaging performance art, dont miss The Decibel Performing Arts Showcase. Delegate pass holders only available from: www.decibelpas.com

    Wed 16, Thu 17 & Wed 23 September, 6:00pm to 9:00pm. FREE

    CONTACT YOUNG ACTORS COMPANY AUDITIONSCYAC search once more for the best untapped talent. If youre 15-25 dont miss your chance to work with professional directors and perform on our stage. Call 0161 274 0600 to book a place.

    Sat 19 September, 12:00pm to 6:00pm. FREE to November event ticket holdersFeelgood Theatre presentsELOqUENT PROTEST WORkSHOPIf youre a young writer, come along to develop your own performance material for Eloquent Protest on Sunday 1 November. Participants must book for the event in order to be eligible for a workshop place. www.eloquentprotest.com

    Fri 25 September, 8:00pm. 8/5Contact and Playback NYC presentsPLAYbACk NYC We are 10! The stories and memories of Contacts last 10 years are brought to life via improvisational theatre, music, movement and freestyle hip hop. Hosted by Baba Israel with artists from New York and Manchester for one night only! Bring your tales to the celebration! www.playbacknyc.com

    Sat 26 September, 6:00pm to Sun 27 September, 6:00am. FREEInua Ellams presentsMANCHESTER MIDNIGHT RUNDiscover the beauty and tranquillity of Manchester after dark with poet & performer Inua Ellams meet outside Contact and join the creative journey into the night. www.phaze05.com

    Tue 29 September, 6:30pm to 8:30pm. FREE to PANDA members / 5 non-members

    PANDA SPOTLIGHT ON...Information and networking event for people in the performing arts. Booking via PANDA.

    OCTObERThu 1 October to Mon 2 November, daily. FREE.Contact and Caroline P Churchill presentAIRS UNTAPPED FREqUENCIESTake a sonic journey through Contact and hear how the building breathes at three listening stations on the upper levels. www.carosnatch.com

    Thu 1 October 2009 to Sat 27 February 2010, daily. FREEContact and Joel C. Fildes presentEXHIbITION: bLINk CONTACTS 10TH bIRTHDAY EXPOPhotographer Joel C. Fildes showcases twelve large-scale pictures capturing the essence of Contact throughout the years.

    Thu 1 October 2009 to Sat 27 February 2010, daily. FREECrow On A Wall presentsEXHIbITION: NEON bRICkSManchester based collective Crow On A Wall takes flight on an inspired digital-print journey, taking a colourful look at culture from Manchester to Tokyo. www.myspace.com/crowonawall

    Mon 19 October, 7:00pm to 9:00pm. FREE

    MONDAY DROPIf you are 13-19 and want to learn about different performance styles and techniques, drop by and explore creative writing, movement and physical performance skills at our workshops led by industry professionals. Call 0161 274 0625 to book a place.

    Wed 21 to Sat 24 October, various times. 10/630 Bird Productions in association with The Iran Heritage Foundation presentsPLASTICYoure a man and you want to become a woman? Sexchange, botox, pickle and jam; experience a world of dark humour, music, dance and striking images in a secret location. Teasing and enigmatic The Guardian. Ages 12+. www.30birdproductions.org

    Thu 22 October, 7:30pm. FREEYoung Identity, Manchester Literature Festival and Manchester Science Festival presentEVOLVING WORDSDarwin, school bullies, natural selection, eugenics, the dating game and everything in between. Young Identity create a special performance at The Manchester Museum exploring how Charles Darwins science connects to our lives. Booking: 0870 428 0785 / www.manchesterliteraturefestival.co.uk

    Thu 22 October, 7:30pm. 8/5Kelly J Roberts and Manchester Comedy Festival presentWATS SO FUNNYWats so Funny? is back for the Manchester Comedy Festival 2009 Featuring Barbara Nice, Andrew Ryan, Kelly J Roberts & more. Plus music from Flux Ache. www.manchestercomedyfestival.co.uk

    Sat 24 October, 3:00pm to 6:00pm. FREE

    SATURDAY DROP

    Mon 26 October, 7:00pm to 9:00pm. FREE

    MONDAY DROP

    Mon 26 October, 7:00pm to 9:00pm. FREE

    CONTACT YOUNG TECH TEAMEver wondered how a show is lit or how sound is controlled? If youre 15-25, dont miss the opportunity to be taught by our professional technicians. Call 0161 274 0625 to book a place.

    Preview: Wed 28 October, 7:30pm. 5 Thu 29 to Sat 31 October and Tue 3 to Sat 7 November, 7:30pm. 10/6 (Plus post-show discussion on Wed 4)BSL interpreted performance on Thu 5 NovemberQuarantine and Contact presentMAkE-bELIEVEWhat do you believe in? How do we manage to live together when we disagree so wildly with each other? How do you separate the real from the made-up in a piece of theatre?

    Quarantine return to Contact with their brand-new show performed by an extraordinary cast including Contact favourites Yusra Warsama, Marcus Hercules, their 2-year-old son Jeziel, and Lowri Evans. Make-believe is a dark and joyous piece of theatre. Like all of Quarantines work, this is not a show in black and white. Ages 13+. www.qtine.com

    Fri 30 & Sat 31 October, 8:00pm. 10/6 Breaking Cycles presentsTHE DEVIL HAS qUENTINS HEART by Benji Reid, Peader Kirk & Ray Shell Benji Reid returns with a rich cocktail of guilt and fear, exploring the stark realism of substance abuse and fractured relationships. The Devil has Quentins Heart is a modernday tragedy presented as a twisted, funky and perverse musical. Ages 15+.www.breakingcycles.co.uk

    Sat 31 October, 3:00pm to 6:00pm. FREE

    SATURDAY DROP

    NOVEMbERSun 1 November, 3:00pm. 10/FREE to war veterans Feelgood Theatre presentsELOqUENT PROTESTThe power of words and music are used to count the human cost of war. Join leading poets, actors and musicians who have given their time freely to raise funds for Mdecins sans Frontir. www.eloquentprotest.com

    Mon 2 November, 7:00pm to 9:00pm. FREE

    MONDAY DROP

    Mon 2 November, 7:00pm to 9:00pm. FREE

    CONTACT YOUNG TECH TEAM

    Tue 3 to Sat 7 November, various times. 10/6Contact and Sean Cernow presentbEING SEbASTIANSebastian is a heroin user and Strangeways Prison has been his home for nearly eight years. Driven by the need to defeat his demons, Sebastian finds himself on a lonely road to recovery and redemption. Outside the walls some comedowns last forever. Directed by Keith Saha (20 Stories High).

    Thu 5 & Fri 6 November, 8:00pm. 10/6Yellow Earth presentswAve by Sung RnoThis black comedy from award-winning American playwright Sung Rno veers from farce to tragedy as a Korean immigrants dream of a perfect life as an American housewife turns sour. Ages 14+. wAve was commissioned by Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forums Asian Theatre Project and premiered at Ma-Yi Theatre Company. www.yellowearth.org

    Sat 7 November, 3:00pm to 6:00pm. FREE

    SATURDAY DROP

    Mon 9 November, 7:00pm to 9:00pm. FREE

    MONDAY DROP

    Mon 9 November, 7:00pm to 9:00pm. FREE

    CONTACT YOUNG TECH TEAM

    Tue 10 November, 6:00pm. 10/6 National Hindu Students Forum presentsSITAARE 2009An evening of sensuous entertainment packed with dance, drama, singing and music from the East showcasing the rich culture and talent of the Hindu students of Manchester.

    Preview: Thu 12 November, 7:30pm. 5 Fri 13 to Sat 14 November, 7:30pm and Tue 17 to Sat 21 November, 7:30pm. 10/6Contact and Sharpening SAWDS presentCONTRADICTIONSWhats the soundtrack to your life? For young Ali, its the sounds of the 1990s: Wu Tan Clan, reggae and the beats aboard Manchesters late-night 42 bus. Climb aboard and join a dark nostalgic trip as rapper and poet Ali Gadema presents the story of a life less ordinary through spoken word, hip hop and live beatbox. Ages 14+ www.myspace.com/sharpeningsawds

    Thu 12 November, 8:00pm. 10/6 (Plus post-show discussion)

    Apples & Snakes and Sustained Theatre presentbEYOND WORDS With Keorapetse Kgositsile, Lebo Mashile, Donata Francisco Mattera, Lesego Rampolokeng and Phillippa Yaa de Villiers.

    Five incredible South African poets tour the UK together for the first time, brought together by the Poet Laureate and renowned exiled campaigner Keorapetse Kgositsile.

    Sustained Theatre is an artist network supported by Arts Council England. www.applesandsnakes.org

    GET INVOLVED! Beyond Words Poetry Masterclass Wed 11 & Thu 12 November, 10:00am to 5:00pm. FREE Book your slot by calling 0161 274 0600.

    Sat 14 November, 3:00pm to 6:00pm. FREE

    SATURDAY DROP

    Mon 16 November, 7:00pm to 9:00pm. FREE

    MONDAY DROP

    Mon 16 November, 7:00pm to 9:00pm. FREE

    CONTACT YOUNG TECH TEAM

    Tue 17 & Wed 18 November, 8:00pm. 10/6 Two Gents Productions in association with UK Arts International present TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA or VAkOMANA VAVIRI VE ZIMbAbWEby William ShakespeareFrom Verona to Milan, via Harare and Bulawayo, two great friends, Valentine and Proteus, vie for the love of the same woman. Shakespeare with a distinctly Zimbabwean twist. www.ukarts.com

    Thu 19 November, 1:00pm. FREE Contact and George House Trust presentRAW JAM: POSITIVE VOICESRhythm, words and personal perspectives on HIV, as part of the lead up to Manchester World AIDS Day 2009 on 1 December. www.ght.org.uk

    Mon 23 November, 7:00pm to 9:00pm. FREE

    MONDAY DROP

    Mon 23 November, 7:00pm to 9:00pm. FREE

    CONTACT YOUNG TECH TEAM

    Wed 25 to Fri 27 November, 7:30pm. 10/6 (Plus post-show discussion on Thu 26) Matinee performance: Thu 26 at 1:30pm. BSL interpreted performance: Thu 26 at 7:30pm. 20 Stories High presentsbLACkbERRY TROUT FACE by Laurence WilsonKerrie sets about her daily task of preparing Mums heroin. Jakey has just about had enough of life in a gang. Cameron is too scared to step outside the front door. One morning, the three teenagers discover a note in the Frosties. Mum has abandoned them: they have been left home alone. Ages 13+. www.20storieshigh.org.uk

    Thu 26 to Sat 28 November, 8:00pm. 10/6 Contact in association with Rochdale MBC and Alchemy Arts presentSALAAM/PEACEWhat is it like to be young, male and Muslim today? From politicians to media commentators everyone seems to have an opinion, but theres one group who is rarely given a voice: the young men themselves. Salaam/Peace attempts to redress the balance in a performance devised by young Muslim men from across Greater Manchester.

    Sat 28 November, 2:00pm to 4:00pm. FREE

    OPEN CONTACTDebate. Discuss. Decide. Been to a show? Taken part in a workshop? Have an opinion? Have your say at Open Contact, your chance to help us plan for the future.

    Mon 30 November, 7:00pm to 9:00pm. FREE

    CONTACT YOUNG TECH TEAM

    DECEMbERWed 2 December, 7:30pm. 5

    VERbALLY CHALLENGED

    Thu 3 December, 7:30pm. 5 Young Identity presentsYOUNG IDENTITY SHOWCASEWitness tomorrows stars of spoken word today as Young Identity raise the roof.

    Tue 15 December, 6:30pm to 8:30pm. FREE to PANDA members / 5 non-members

    PANDA SPOTLIGHT ON...

    Wed 16 to Sat 19 December, 8:00pm. 10/6

    CYAC WINTER SHOWA new show devised by Contact Young Actors Company and directed by Contacts new Artistic Director, Baba Israel.

    Thu 17 December, 1:00pm. FREE

    RAW JAM

    Tue 13 to Fri 16 October, 7:30pm and Sat 17 October, 1:30pm & 7:30pm. 10/6. The Gothenburgs English Speaking Theatre (GEST) in association with Fink on Theatre presents EXPECTATIONS by Kristina Brndn WhitakerFor nine months I had been preparing for the biggest journey of my life. I had been waiting expectantly...but we never could have prepared ourselves for the destination or the arrival An honest, moving, hard-hitting and often funny play about the birth of a child and how things dont always turn out the way you planned. Age 13+. www.gest.se / www.finkon.co.uk

    Thu 15 October, 1:00pm. FREE

    RAW JAMAn explosive mix of the best in new writing, spoken word and music.

    Thu 15 October, 8:00pm. 7/5 (Plus post-show discussion and book signing) Manchester Literature Festival in association with Manchester Science Festival and Manchester Comedy Festival presentEOIN COLFER: ANOTHER HITCHHIkERS GUIDE TO THE GALAXYAcclaimed author Eoin Colfer (Artemis Fowl) brings the first day of this years Manchester Literature Festival to a close with a reading from his 30th anniversary sequel to Douglas Adams seminal sci-fi novel The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. Find out how he brings Adams characters back to life. Ages 12+. www.manchesterliteraturefestival.co.uk

    Fri 16 & Sat 17 October, 8:00pm. 10/6 (Plus post-show discussion on Fri 16)Jonzi D Productions presentsMARkUS THE SADISTThe tale of a talented young MCs meteoric rise from local battle champion to rap superstardom. Written and directed by Jonzi D, with new music from MOBO-award winning musician Soweto Kinch and featuring hip hop artist Bashy. Contains strong language. www.jonzi-d.co.uk

    Sat 17 October, 3:00pm to 6:00pm. FREE

    SATURDAY DROP

    Thu 1 to Sat 3 October, 8:00pm. 10/6 (Plus post-show discussion on Thu 1)Company FZ presentsWE CAN bE HEROESFusing theatre, aerial circus and film Company FZ reaches into the heart and mind of a man in arrested development. Having been an only child he employs an older brother to teach him his sibling past in a story of emotional responsibility and psychological danger. Ages 14+. www.companyfz.com

    Fri 2 & Sat 3 October, 7:30pm. 10/6 (Plus post-show discussion on Sat 3). BSL interpreted performance on Sat 3 at 7:30pm.Fuel presentsINUA ELLAMS THE 14TH TALEPoet Inua Ellams vividly recreates characters from his past in a hilarious oral journey spanning Nigeria, Ireland and England. Moving and incisive, The 14th Tale challenges perceptions surrounding young black men in the UK today. www.phaze05.com

    A BAC Scratch Commission with Apples & Snakes. A London Word Festival Commission. Funded by Arts Council England.

    Sat 3 October, 3:00pm to 6:00pm. FREE

    SATURDAY DROPCalling all DJs, MCs and beat-makers! Saturdays new workshops give you the chance to build your skills and collaborate with other artists. Call 0161 274 0625 to find out more.

    Wed 7 October, 7:30pm. 5

    VERbALLY CHALLENGEDSee the best of new writing today in our regular script-writing showcase as we set a new group of writers a different creative challenge. Who wins? YOU decide

    Thu 8 to Sat 10 October, various times. 5Contact, Kate Bradnam and Caroline P Churchill presentAIRS ARCHITECTURE: THEATRE PART II THE JOURNEYBe prepared to leave your fears at the fire escape as you are invited to take a unique, intimate journey, and experience the Contact building like never before. www.myspace.com/airprogramme

    Fri 9 October, 7:30pm. 8/5 (Plus post-show discussion) Zendeh presentskISMET*Exploring love, belonging and a changing world. A multi-media performance in English, Farsi and Azeri. www.zendeh.com

    Sat 10 October, 3:00pm to 6:00pm. FREE

    SATURDAY DROP

    Sat 10 October, 7:30pm. 10/8 (includes copy of album plus free after-show party) Hobopop Recordings presentskIRSTY MCGEE HObOPOP COLLECTIVE LIVE ALbUM RECORDINGCult singer-songwriter Kirsty McGee records her next live album featuring tracks from her critically acclaimed fourth album The Kansas Sessions and more. www.kirstymcgee.com

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