Red Dust Road – HOME, Manchester

Jackie Kay has had an extraordinary life, which is detailed in her memoir, Red Dust Road. Growing up in Scotland in the 1970s, as the adopted mixed-race child of a Communist couple, young Jackie struggled to fit in with those around her. Experiencing racist attacks, her memoir is an exploration of Jackie's identity as a... Continue Reading →

The Jumper Factory – HOME, Manchester

Created in collaboration with prisoners at HMP Wandsworth and written by Luke Barnes, The Jumper Factory tells a series of stories depicting life behind bars. Taken from interviews with inmates, this short piece uses the authentic voices of these prisoners to relate how it feels to be locked up. Without delving too much into the... Continue Reading →

Nine Foot Nine – HOME, Manchester

What if self-identifying women around the world spontaneously started growing several feet taller? In this dystopian drama, the Sleepless Theatre Company explore the global repercussions of such a phenomenon. The injustices that women face across the globe are magnified, as women grow taller and stronger than men, are used for manual labour, but still don't... Continue Reading →

Metamorphosis – HOME, Manchester

KAFKAESQUE - (adjective) - Characteristic or reminiscent of the oppressive, nightmarish qualities of Franz Kafka's fictional world; blending the absurd, surreal and mundane. In Franz Kafka's novella, Metamorphosis, Gregor Samsa wakes up one morning to find himself transformed into a giant insect. Having to exist in a society that is horrified by his physical mutation,... Continue Reading →

Badass Be Thy Name – HOME, Manchester

Picture this... It's Manchester, 1999. Tommie is sick of his dead-end job, cold calling people. He decides to quit his job and winds up being trained as a vampire hunter by a vampire-slaying priest, Father Badass. He has to defend the world as the Devil has hatched a plan. On the stroke of the Millennium,... Continue Reading →

Drag Becomes Her – HOME, Manchester

As a drag parody of the cult movie, Death Becomes Her, Peaches Christ's show, Drag Becomes Her turns the bitter rivalry between ageing Hollywood actresses, Meryl Streep and Goldie Horn into one between two leading drag queens. As they both take a potion that makes them live forever, hilarity ensues. Veteran winner of Ru Paul's... Continue Reading →

Richard III – HOME, Manchester

Richard III is a difficult play to get right. With Shakespeare's protagonist being a power-hungry, ruthless, murdering despot, there is always the temptation to place the play's context within the twentieth century, basing Richard on one of the many dictators during this period. Martin Freeman's 2014 production at Trafalgar Studios tried setting the play in... Continue Reading →

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