Contact Theatre

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Contact is a space where new kinds of theatre are created.

Contact is a place where artists can meet, develop, explore and take risks.

Contact is a young people’s theatre, where you can grow, learn and make decisions as a young artist, audience member, organiser or leader.

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Contact is a pioneering theatre venue in Manchester. The building includes three theatre spaces – Space 1, a 350 seat end-on theatre; Space 2, an 80 seat flexible studio, and Space 3, a rehearsal, workshop and performance space. We also create performances and events in our ‘lounge’ area, which has a stage, a bar, and plenty of room to dance! And our website is a space for debate, artistic showcases, insight into our processes, and sharing of ideas.

Our focus in on young adults (ages 13-30). The majority of our audiences come from this age group, though we welcome audiences and artists of all ages.

Participation is at the heart of our work, and we run a huge range of activities where young people and artists can join in, learn and develop. These activities range from outreach projects with a wide range of communities, to drop in sessions, to intensive artistic development programmes such as our Young Actors and Young Writers groups.

Young people are also encouraged to become involved in planning and decision making at Contact through a range of opportunities including our Open Contact forum and our Action Contact groups.

Contact provides a wider range of development opportunities for artists, with a particular focus on emerging artists. We run residencies, training courses, and we provide a lot of support and advice.

We believe that it’s important to collaborate with people in order to achieve the best results. Our partners range from local, national and international arts organisations who come to Contact to present or make work, to specialist agencies working with particular communities.

We are known as a company that embraces diversity. We believe that dieversty is a strength – providing us with many viewpoints, ways to solve problems, and creative ideas. We actively pursue diversity at all levels – including board, staff, participants, artists, audiences and partner companies.

We have won many awards for our work, including, in recent years the Art 04 and Breakthrough awards from the Arts Council, the Eclipse Award from TMA, plus many awards for our artists, writers and shows.

The theatre we produce can be described as lyrical, visual and passionate. We embrace music and the cultures surrounding music, a full range of visual media, and writers who are poetic, experimental and collaborative.

Many of the most exciting artists at Contact have developed through our participatory projects, but we welcome artists at all stages in their lives.

International collaboration is very important to us. We regularly invite artists from across the world to perform at Contact, and programmes such as our theatre exchange festival Contacting the World help to develop new kinds of artistic understanding.

We are constantly exploring new ways to develop, to learn and to create exciting theatre. We bring together passions, fashions, moods, moves, sounds, networks, anger, engagement, words, rhythms, visions and visuals in our theatre. And we are always ready to add new things to the mix.


Connected mandy members:

Malika Pharand
Malika Pharand
Lighting Designer
2020, Chicago, Lighting Designer & Co-Musical Director
Rialto Hall
Matt Webster
Matt Webster
Sound Recordist
2019, contact theatre, technician
Malika Pharand
Malika Pharand
Lighting Designer
2019, Bonnie & Clyde, Lighting & Projections Designer
Mainline Theatre
Zoe King
Zoe King
Actor
2018, Temporary Monument, Permanent Protest, Protester
Naomi Yeboah
Naomi Yeboah
Actor
2018, OH MAN, Naomi Homie
Adris Asghar
Adris Asghar
Actor
2017, we're not really here, supporting cast opera
contact theatre manchester
Chantelle Walton
Chantelle Walton
Prop Maker
2017, Various Shows, Casual Theatre Technician
Contact Theatre
Paige Thomas
Paige Thomas
Actor
2017, Monday Drop, Assistant Facilitator
Nathan Keziah
Nathan Keziah
Sound Technician
2016, Theatre, Dance and Music events including: Black Sound Series, Sick Festival, Palaver 2016, Turn Festival, Flying Solo Festival, RAW., Technician, Sound Engineer, Lighting Technician, Stage Technician/Sound Designer.
Nathan Keziah
Nathan Keziah
Sound Technician
2016, Technique (Technical Theatre Workshops), Assistant Workshop Leader
Contact Theatre
Philip Hussey
Philip Hussey
Stage Manager
2016, Life's A Drag, Stage Manager
Manchester
Beth Woods
Beth Woods
Administrator
2016, Contacting the World Festival, Volunteer for Contacting the World Festival
Jack Dale
Jack Dale
Production Manager
2016, All toured in and produced shows, Production Manager
Contact Theatre
Kayleigh Harper
2015, VAT's The Way to Do It, The White Rabbit/Judge Judy/Zoo Representative/Employee
Chethams School of Music
Chrissie Huxford
Chrissie Huxford
Assistant Stage Manager
2015, Various Productions, Assistant Stage Manager - Work Placement
Manchester
Nicholas Masters-Waage
2015, Petshop, Writer/Director
Contact Theatre
Nathan Keziah
Nathan Keziah
Sound Technician
2015, Level Up (Project assisting the development of 4 young emerging Singer/Songwriters), Producer/Engineer/Facilitator
Kayleigh Harper
2015, IT Management Training, Manager/Employer
Contact Theatre
Steph Reynolds
2014, Verbally Challenged, Multiple
Contact Theatre
Nathan Evans
Nathan Evans
Director
2014, The Novice Detective, director

Contact Theatre Jobs

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Alternative Company Names

Contact Theatre Company, Contact Theatre, Manchester