Making Contact in 2013

Published: 13 January 2013
Reporter: David Upton

House of Contact at Manchester's Contact Theatre

Contact in Manchester kicks off 2013 with a packed season of drama, comedy, dance, music, art and spoken word.

Theatre highlights include Game Over, a new work-in-progress from Iraqi-born actor, director and performer, Abas Eljanabi, which uses traditional Arabic storytelling and multimedia to tell the real life stories of recent events across the Arab Spring.

Queer Contact 2013 sees Contact celebrate LGBT History Month with the best in theatre, variety, art, music, dance and spoken word.

The House of Contact features solos, duets and new dance work featuring Darren Suarez (House of Suarez), Javier Ninja (House of Ninja), Peter Grist, Joshua Hubbard, Alyx Steele and more.

Music from the The Niallist (House of Tranarchy) and Sarah Selina.

After an acclaimed London debut, award-winning artist Hetain Patel brings his new piece of theatre to Contact as part of a UK tour. A visually arresting and witty consideration of culture and identity, with video projection, live music and plenty of Northern factory talk.

The Dance Dialogue is a cross-cultural contemporary dance exchange using telepresence to connect young people in West Yorkshire, Manchester and Jamaica.

The Drum and Punch Records present The Spiral a piece of spoken word theatre dramatising a life-changing meeting between Glitzy, an emerging grime artist funded to study on a six-month community arts placement, and his newly appointed development mentor.