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New season at HOME Manchester

Tender - Phosphoros Theatre's May offering relates the experiences of incoming refugees
Tender - Phosphoros Theatre's May offering relates the experiences of incoming refugees

HOME Manchester has announced a 2024 programme across its two theatres featuring innovative new work, spectacular Manchester icons and intimate experiences .

From England with Love (June 6-8, 2024), is a new production from internationally acclaimed artistic director Hofesh Shechter, renowned for work that crosses art forms and boundaries. The performance takes a deep exploration into the heart of our country through soul searching dance that seeks to open up the conflict within and music that spans from English composers to raging rock.

The new year begins with Blowout (January 24) and the chance to join Mr Wilson’s Second Liners for an uplifting extravaganza of live dance music.

CRIPtic Arts is a disabled-led creative hub that has staged shows at HOME and nationally. Self & Other (March 15-16) is their new show in which the subject of isolation is the focal point. Is it possible for disabled people to be self without the support of another?

In Big Finish (February 21-24), a new work commissioned by HOME, death is stared in the face but with twists and turns of curiosity and hope, viewed through the lens of Figs in Wigs theatre company (Little Wimmin, Disruptive Women).

Audiences are invited into Rita’s world in The Promise (April 25-27), to confront the barriers faced by someone who is deaf and finds themselves living with dementia. Presented by Deafinitely Theatre, Birmingham Rep and Lyric Hammersmith, it's written by Paula Garfield (who also directs) and Melissa Mostyn, and will combine British Sign Language, spoken English and captions.

A Family Business (February 28-March 2). Writer and performer Chris Thorpe – who describes theatres as “laboratories for thinking about how we think” - introduces the very ordinary people in charge of managing nuclear weapons.

Tender (May 9-11) steps into the shoes of those who have experienced migration to explore one of the most polarising issues of our time, using the words and experiences of the actors that make up Phosphoros Theatre - an Amnesty Freedom of Expression Award nominee - who have all reached this country as refugees.

The theatrics of music, energetic movement, puppetry and innovative lighting will all be used in Rewind (April 10-11), which opens with a death and unpicks what has led to it. The piece comes from Ephemerol Ensemble, winners of the Lustrum award for work at this year's Edinburgh Fringe

More experimental gig-theatre is promised in No More Mr Nice Guy (March 21-23) from theatre company Nouveau Riche. The show focuses on British Caribbean music teacher Keloughn Douglas, whose career aspirations, musical ambitions and heart’s desire are all colliding.

The season also includes new talent in the form of We’re all Just Wasps in Glass Houses (April 19-20), the work of HOME Young Company and the culmination of a year-long program for 14s-18s. Discover an apocalyptic Manchester through young eyes.

HOME's director and CEO Dave Moutrey said: “HOME Manchester's new season is one for for all the emotions, with audiences invited to experience bold performances balanced with intimate and subtle moments.”

Full details of the season here


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