Freedom to Move

Freedom to Move

HOME, Manchester. PUSH Festival 2020. Katie isn't contagious, she isn't permanently attached to her wheelchair, and she doesn't sleep in it. That she has to clarify this might seem incredible but responding to ridiculous and insensitive questions has become a regular occurrence for Katie Staples ever since she took possession of a set of wheels. [...]

Ladybones

Ladybones

HOME, Manchester. PUSH Festival 2020. When archaeologist Nuala unearths a skeleton, she finds herself increasingly drawn to the person it once was. That neat collection of bones buried face down in the ground so many years ago are all that is left of a small frail girl. As she pieces together details about who she [...]

Bost-Uni Plues

Bost-Uni Plues

HOME, Manchester. PUSH Festival 2020. Bost-Uni Plues? I peg your bardon! Ugly Bucket Theatre explain the misheard origins of that title later in their show but you won't need a degree in linguistics to guess what it's all about. Using accounts of real-life experiences, three cheerful clowns launch themselves into an effervescent, knockabout exploration of [...]

Sound Cistem

Sound Cistem

HOME, Manchester. PUSH Festival 2020. "Only when I'm dancing can I feel this free", someone once said, and for those whose recorded voices emerge from Sound Cistem's speakers that certainly feels true. They talk excitedly of hitting their stride on the dance floor, feeling warmed up, freed up and flowing. Such sweet sensations are hard-won [...]

PlayBox Takeover – PUSH Festival 2020

PlayBox Takeover – PUSH Festival 2020

HOME, Manchester. PUSH Festival 2020. Following its first appearance at PUSH Festival two years ago, PlayBox Takeover (from theatre company Box of Tricks) returns once more to HOME's annual celebration of North West talent. An inspiring way to kickstart PUSH 2020's theatre strand, the day-long programme of workshops and conversations targeting local writers and theatre-makers [...]

The Manchester Project at Christmas

The Manchester Project at Christmas

HOME, Manchester. 6 December 2019. Offering audiences a chance to explore a "theatrical map of Manchester at Christmas", Monkeywood's new show is a 70 minute-long collection of 14 new micro-plays from locally-based writers. It's a format that the company first showcased to acclaim back in January 2018, although this time the mini Mancunian dramas come [...]

Seagulls

Seagulls

Bolton Octagon at Bolton Library Theatre. 30 October 2019. Nina and Con are a couple. Masha has feelings for Con, but is in a relationship with Simon. All four of them are at university together and in a band called Seagulls. They're about to enter a Battle of the Bands and the world seems full [...]

Summer in Manchester – a tale of two theatres

Summer in Manchester – a tale of two theatres

When HOME proudly announced three "world premiere productions" as part of its 2019 theatre season you'd be forgiven for assuming that those shows would be premiering in front of local Manchester audiences. However, following that announcement back in November last year, it gradually emerged that the majority of those world premieres were being saved up [...]