HOME plays outdoors

Published: 12 April 2021
Reporter: David Upton

A Midsummer Nights Dream the first show at new outdoor venue Homeground
Homeground aerial site map

Manchester multi-arts venue HOME is launching a massive temporary outdoor arts space.

Homeground will be located on an 80,000 square foot future development site on First Street, just next to HOME itself, and will feature a 400-seat socially distanced theatre space. It will be the setting for musical productions of Filter Theatre’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and a brand-new version of Alice in Wonderland.

The venue opens May 28, and runs throughout the summer.

It will also host work by partners including Frog & Bucket, Contact and Trans Creative, as well as music, cabaret and comedy.

The project will create 450 new employment opportunities for freelance artists and creative practitioners.

Thanks to support from partners, tickets will be just £10 for adults and £5 for children. HOME will also be offering free performances for school groups.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream will open on June 3 and run until June 26. The show is the third successful collaboration between Filter and Sean Holmes, following the success of Three Sisters and Twelfth Night.

Alice in Wonderland is written by Stockroom and directed by Lekan Lewal. An up-to-date take on the family favourite, it features new and contemporary Manchester songs, and opens July 15 to August 7.

More shows and events will be announced over the coming months.