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HOME Manchester autumn season

Rhum and Clay's Project Dictator
Rhum and Clay's Project Dictator

HOME Manchester's autumn Theatre 2 season explores themes of nationality, identity, belonging, new beginnings, home and sanctuary.

The programme includes several HOME co-commissions, new work from Manchester-based artists, writers and performers, returning artists and those new to HOME and Manchester.

Rhum & Clay return to explore the role of art and entertainment under oppressive regimes in Project Dictator (September 27-30). This clown show premiered to acclaim at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival and is at HOME ahead of a national tour.

(Pictures clockwise from top left) Peyvand Sadeghian returns with her own show Dual دوگانه (October 4-5), based on personal experience as a UK-Iran dual national and the events as a child of going to Iran for the first time with her father.

Contemporary performance company Two Destination Language return, with 40/40 (October 7), a celebration of Katherina Radeva’s 40 years as a woman, a migrant and an artist.

Theatre Company of Sanctuary, Curious Monkey, comes to HOME for the first time, bringing a story of migration. Penguin (October 10-12) takes a tour of Hamzeh’s village in Syria as Hamzeh invites the audience to be his childhood friends.

Manchester-based, award-winning playwright, actor and HIV activist Nathaniel Hall will premiere his new show Toxic (October 18-28). Blending movement and a pumping soundtrack, Toxic documents the fallout when two damaged queer hearts collide in a passionate play inspired by true events.

One man show England & Son (October 31-November 4) is has been written for political comedian Mark Thomas by Manchester based playwright Ed Edwards. Disaster capitalism, empire, stolen youth and stolen wealth merge into the simple tale of a working-class boy who just wants his dad to smile at him.

Young Identity alumnus and Manchester-based poet and musician Reece Williams premieres his new work This Kind of Black, (November 15-18) which adapts his admired poetry collection for the stage.

Someething for theyoung: Theatre Porto's Little Red. Pic: Brian Roberts
Something for the young: Theatre Porto's Little Red. Pic: Brian Roberts

Theatre Porto’s acclaimed family theatre production Little Red (November 29-December 6) offers a playful twist on a classic tale. Featuring talking sheep, dancing trees and a jazz-singing, banjo-playing Mr Wolfie.

Dave Moutrey, director and CEO of HOME, said: "It's a season of work that celebrates crucial stories and themes of nationality, identity and belonging that feel particularly relevant today.

"The opportunity to expand our co-commissioning relationships is a true joy and allows us to bring new stories and voices to our stage."

Info and tickets here


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