Contact up and running again

Published: 19 September 2021
Reporter: David Upton

Manchester’s Contact theatre returns to its Oxford Road venue with a reopening programme to support the next generation of audiences, artists and young people.

Contact reopens its doors to the public for the first time since December 2017 following a major building redevelopment and the pandemic.

It includes new and improved performance spaces, a purpose-built recording studio for young people’s music projects, a health and science development space created in partnership with Wellcome Trust, new offices for artists and cultural organisations to hire and work alongside Contact staff, a new and improved public bar, free work and social spaces, a new partnership with Manchester’s Indian street food heroes, Chaat Cart, and many other features.

Contact’s performance programme kicks off in October with Contact Young Company’s Everything All of the Time, directed by artistic director Matt Fenton. It’s "a physical and visual journey through a new world, squashed into an hour of hedonism, love, anger, nostalgia and hope."

Contact and Black Gold Arts will come together during Black History Month to deliver a line-up of black-led art, performance and film, featuring a live world première of mandla rae’s as british as a watermelon.