HOME Manchester announces international dance and theatre programme for 2018

David Chadderton

HOME Manchester's new season sees the return of ¡Viva! Spanish festival, new commissions from Hofesh Shechter Company and the Tiger Lillies and touring shows from Kneehigh, Orange Tree and Hoipolloi.

There will also be another co-production with Glasgow's Citizens Theatre, of Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey Into Night, following last year's Endgame by Samuel Beckett.

Walter Meierjohann, Artistic Director: Theatre, HOME, said, “¡Viva! will return this season to brighten our spring/summer with a full and colourful cross-art programme from Spain and Latin America.

"In theatre, we are very proud to present the world première of a HOME and The Tiger Lillies co-production, Corrido de la Sangre, exploring Mexico and the Day of the Dead—with brand new songs, this show will follow in the footsteps of Lulu and The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, promising to be a feast for eyes and ears.

"We’ll also be presenting the work of a leading voice in Argentinian theatre, Lola Arias. Minefield is performed by six veterans of the Falklands/Malvinas war, receiving rave reviews at the Royal Court and internationally, and Xavier Bobés’s Things Easily Forgotten is an extraordinary show taking audiences on an intimate and touching journey.

"We are also thrilled to welcome Bijan Shebani to HOME to direct Annie Baker’s quiet masterpiece Circle Mirror Transformation. Pulitzer prize-winning American playwright Annie Baker elevates ordinary people in ordinary places to something quite surreal and magical. Her humorous and heart-breaking play about an amateur acting class in Vermont presents Baker's wit and sensitivity to Manchester audiences for the very first time.

"Dominic Hill returns to HOME after presenting his stunning Endgame here in 2016, with his next contemporary approach to one of the finest plays of the 20th century, A Long Day’s Journey Into Night. Eugene O'Neill's devastating masterpiece shows a family's grief unravelling over the course of a single summer afternoon, with all the emotional power of a Shakespearean tragedy or Greek drama. And we head into the autumn with a bold double bill of Othello and Macbeth in radically cut versions directed by Sean Holmes, whose explosive new take on Twelfth Night delighted our audiences in 2016.

We continue to collaborate with the most innovative companies and individual creators and look forward to sharing with you: Breach Theatre’s new show The Drill, Scottee’s Fat Blokes, Kneehigh’s The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk, Actors Touring Company’s Winter Solstice and the première of Gbolahan Obisesan’s adaptation of the Man Booker shortlisted The Fishermen, by a major new voice in world literature, Chigozie Obioma.”