HOME Push for key arts festival

Published: 24 November 2019
Reporter: David Upton

PUSH Festival 2020

HOME’s annual PUSH Festival in Manchester is now one of the region’s key arts festivals, showcasing theatre, film and visual art in the region.

Besides two specially commissioned theatre productions and a digital commission, the festival this year incorporates The Manchester Open, an open-entry art exhibition, as well as workshops and events across all levels of the cultural industries.

PUSH 2020 kicks off on January 18 with an all-day takeover from Manchester-based Box of Tricks featuring the work of the next generation of Manchester playwrights.

The festival’s two theatre commissions are Sound Cistern from Plaster Cast Theatre (January 20–22), in which two transgender performers invite audiences to their radical dance party, and Tania Camara’s Oreo, looking at micro-aggressions in higher education and employment (January 24–25).

Other performances include What Happened to Agnes presented by Nishla Smith (January 24–25), A Political History of Smack and Crack from Most Wanted Theatre (January 27–28) and 2 Clowns, 1 Cup (January 30–February 1).