HOME Manchester's theatre programme for 2022-23 features a range of co-productions, UK premieres, visiting companies and returning artists.
The season aims to celebrate the world we live in, exploring themes of identity, family, belonging, migration and home.
Gecko open the new season in theatre one (September 27-October 1), with the premiere of Kin. Artistic director Amit Lahav, with Gecko’s ensemble of international performers, imagine the story of Amit’s grandmother’s voyage to escape persecution and build a better life.
Having toured the world, Boy Blue brings Blak Whyte Gray back to Manchester (October 20-22). This contemporary dance piece reflects themes of identity, oppression and transcendence.
A landmark of the season will be The Cherry Orchard (November 2-19). A co-production between HOME, English Touring Theatre and The Yard, adapted by Vinay Patel, is a loose, playful adaptation of Chekhov set on a distant starship and explores family, belonging and home.
Manchester based Scottee returns to November 23 with Class, a show about what it is to be embarrassed about who you are while pretending to be "posher' than you are. This is an updated version of the original show first seen at HOME in 2019.
Cult cabaret superstars Bourgeois & Maurice are back at HOME this Christmas with Pleasure Seekers (December 16-17). The duo party their way to ultimate happiness with the help of savage wit and a unique brand of pop satire.
In theatre two, Dan Daw Creative Projects returns with The Dan Daw Show (December 1-3), a show about care, intimacy and resilience.
Little Angel Theatre presents family show There’s a Rang-Tan in my Bedroom and Other Stories… (December 9-23), which features a mix of puppetry and music inspired by two Greenpeace campaign films and has a voiceover from Emma Thompson among others.
Marty and the Party, from Manchester based Milk Presents (February 23-25), offers a cheeky show for under-fives and their grown-ups.
Box of Tricks returns with the premiere of Too Much World at Once (March 3-11). A lyrical a coming-of-age story for our times, spanning continents and lives, .
Yursa Warsama closes this season with Of All the Beautiful Things in the World (March 24-April 5). Inspired by Federico Lorca’s play The House of Bernada Alba, this new production, written by Warsama and produced by HOME, exports Lorca’s language to a Manchester Moss Side home.
Performances won't just occur in the two theatre spaces: HOME associate artists Quarantine take over the art gallery to kick off the new season with an epic piece, 12 Last Songs. This will run from midday to midnight on September 24, exploring our various relationships to work. Manchester workers will perform paid shifts to create a portrait of society throughout the day and night – a live exhibition of people, carried out on a carnival scale.
Priority booking will be available for HOME Friends from June 24, and HOME members from Monday. Tickets go on sale to the public from June 28. An exclusive early-bird 15 per cent discount on full-price tickets will apply to all tickets bought before July 31.
HOME's director and CEO, Dave Moutrey, said: “Continuing our work with incredible partners and talented artists across the North West and beyond, it’s a real pleasure to offer such a diverse programme.
"The season strongly reflects the values of HOME, celebrating culture and exploring the world we live in.”
Other events at HOME next season also include the Manchester Folk Festival (October 13–15), Black History Month (throughout October) and the PUSH Festival (January 20-February 18), celebrating the work of North-West artists.
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