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 [...]

Forest

Forest

HOME, Manchester. 23 & 25 January 2019. The theatre seating is out-of-bounds. Heads of broccoli have been placed at intervals on the floor around the space. Their varying shades of green and yellow stand out within the black box surroundings. The audience gathers among the cruciferous forms. We are on our feet. In the centre [...]

Plant Fetish

Plant Fetish

HOME, Manchester. 26 January 2019. Ensconced upon a big red sofa, surrounded by a 'hareem' of houseplants, Chanje Kunda sips white wine and traces the rocky emotional path that led her to a very personal botanical epiphany. Efforts to channel the positive force of affirmations, yogis and good omens have failed to save Kunda from [...]