PUSH 2018

Join us for two weeks of inspiring, creative experiences fresh from the North West when we will be entirely dedicated to showcasing some of the most exciting film, theatre and visual arts from the region. PUSH festival also offers great opportunities for artists and creatives to meet industry professionals, share ideas, inspiration and develop their skills across a broad range of topics with an array of workshops and events to get involved in.

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In this festival

Want to get advice and feedback during PUSH?

For the duration of PUSH 2018 Festival, you can book one to one sessions with a range of professionals on your practice and/or project.

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Call for Submissions / North West Artist Film (shorts)

Open call for short artist film submissions not exceeding 20 minutes.

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The Push Festival 2018 Podcast

HOME's Senior Theatre Producer Kevin Jamison returns to host our second stage podcast with PUSH Festival guests Samuel Ward from YesYesNoNo, Sarah McDonald Hughes from…

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Previously in this Festival

Square Peg Theatre presents

The Return

When a small community is beset by tragedy their only hope for salvation is a pilgrimage to a new land. A new work in development…

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Dorna Arts Group presents

Solitude

Solitude is like a shadow spreading across the whole world, indiscriminate of geographical boundaries. Dorna Arts Group will be exploring two examples of such an…

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Josh Coates & Ali Pidsley presents

Untitled A.I. Project Interactive Workshop

Ali and Josh have been thinking about robots. They wondered what would happen if they were to make a show about artificial intelligence, for fun.

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Yandass Ndlovu and Anna Berentzen presents

See Me After

See Me After is an explosion of dance, spoken word and sound, devised by some of the most exciting young talent in Manchester.

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Workshop/ On the Brink Draw Club

On the Brink invites people of all artistic abilities to draw together, share their work, mingle and have fun in a creative environment.

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Offstage Theatre & Most Wanted presents

The Political History of Smack and Crack

Neil and Mandy’s paths cross as kids on the night of the Manchester uprising in 1981. Little do they know how this event will shape…

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Panel Discussion/ A Room of One’s Own: Artist Studio Space

Ever fancied getting your own artist studio? Do you suspect it may make you more productive by creating a space to think and work that…

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De(Construction) – Developing the Creative Scene, DIY Style

Instigate Arts presents a night of creative and artistic Do it Yourself, bringing together Manchester and Salford’s cutting edge, innovative and leftfield creatives, collaborators, collectives…

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In The Mirror Theatre Company presents

Narcissist in the Mirror

A dark comedy about life, ambition and millennial expectation laced with acerbic wit, punchy dialogue and intricate spoken word.

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Mothers Who Make Jan 2018

Mothers Who Make is a growing national network aimed at supporting mothers who are artists, working in any discipline and at any stage of their…

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Marcus Hercules presents

Rasta Liv

Rasta Liv is a biographical look at the life of a man committed to the future well-being of his family, his community and the country…

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Kane Power Theatre presents

Mental

Mental tells a moving and personal story about one son’s relationship with his mother and her mental health.

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Workshop/ Introduction to Theatre Producing

Join Jake Orr, Theatre 503 producer and co-director of Incoming Festival, to discuss and demystify what and who a producer is for theatre companies.

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Meraki Collective presents

Only Speak When Spoken To

Laugh with us and at us, as we play with rules that govern polite behavior. Only Speak When Spoken To is a bright and bold…

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Talawa Theatre Company presents

Pan Lid

This is the first opportunity to see this brand new play by Talawa Writers’ Programme playwright David Judge, a playwright, poet and performer from Manchester.

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Young Identity presents

Hatch Home

Encapsulating the spirit and essence of Manchester, with metaphor and rhythmic performance, Hatch Home brings the city’s finest and most fierce poets to centre stage.

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Workshop/ Film Producing 101

In this talk Dana Bruce will explore how producers and directors work together, go through all the practical details you should think of when developing…

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Random Acts North Weekender

Random Acts North offers their artists a programme of training and personal development further their creativity, networks and career. As we share similar ambitions and…

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The Acting Class Q&A

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with actors Julie Hesmondhalgh and Andrew Ellis, and directors Mike Wayne and Deirdre O’Neill.

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PUSH 2018 Launch/ Manchester International Roots Orchestra

Join us and the Manchester International Roots Orchestra (MIRO) to mark the opening of PUSH 2018 with an evening of celebratory music with a global…

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Box of Tricks presents

PlayBox: Land’s End by James Harker

Two girls, one thousand miles, no hope. A riotous road trip featuring death, dancehall and the redemptive power of Cliff Richard.

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Box of Tricks presents

PlayBox: Möbel by Patrick Hughes

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Box of Tricks presents

PlayBox: 30 Days by Furquan Akhtar

It’s the start of Ramadan. Adil is consumed by guilt as his love and faith are tested to their limits. As fasting begins, will he…

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Creative Intervention: Morag Rose

Hungover Eris - who brings creative mischief and random adventure to our everyday lives - will share her real and imaginary traveller’s tales and inspire…

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Panel Discussion/ Making it as an Artist Filmmaker

We will be rounding up a bunch of artist filmmakers at different stages in their career, from those just starting out to those with a…

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Creative Intervention: Raven Rhada

Raven Radha is a Spoken Word Artist, based in Liverpool. Her poem The Kid (A Personification of the Media) tells the story of innocence being…

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Workshop/ Afro-Ancestral Ritual Movement

Inspired by Haitian folklore, ritual movement, rhythm and song, participants in this workshop will be led by artist and performer Nwando Ebizie in group improvisation…

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Workshop/ Marketing 101 – Branding & Selling Yourself

In this two hour workshop suitable for creatives of all fields they will introduce you to branding and marketing - equipping you with the tools…

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The Acting Class

A documentary that deals with the lack of working class representation on our stages and on screen, The Acting Class follows actor Tom Stocks who…

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Preview/ Jez Dolan: Anders Als Die Andern

Join us for a preview of our new Granada gallery exibition Jez Dolan: Anders Als Die Andern.

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Pen:Chant Presents: Standup Masterclass with Victoria Cook

Pen:Chant presents a creative masterclass delivered by one of the special guests appearing at our PUSH North West showcase event on Sat 13 Jan. Stay…

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Pen:Chant PUSH 2018

Pen:Chant return back to HOME for a PUSH special, presenting a line-up drawn from the best talent that the North West has to offer.

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Monkeywood Theatre Company presents

The Manchester Project

Monkeywood have commissioned 18 astounding Mancunian writers to write 18 tiny but titanic new plays exploring Manchester and its people.

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Truth Be Told presents

True Stories

Produced by Remi Adefeyisan, a critically acclaimed lyricist from Manchester, Truth Be Told brings together people from different backgrounds who have settled into Manchester but…

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Creative Matchmaking

Are you a composer and/or musician itching to work on a film or theatre piece? Are you a filmmaker or theatre maker looking for an…

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Panel Discussion/ Setting up as a Freelancer

Are you considering going freelance? Join a panel of people who have done exactly that, as they discuss their journeys into freelancing.

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Disabled Artists Networking Community Launch

A round table and networking event to encourage dialogue between theatres, art galleries, venues, TV companies and disabled artists and performers from all creative practices.

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Spit That Out: North West Artist Film Programme

For PUSH 2018 we present a round-up of work selected by Bren O’Callaghan, Senior Producer, Visual Art at HOME, drawing upon artists who are living…

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PlayBox Takeover

A day-long takeover by Box of Tricks to showcase new plays from current PlayBox playwrights and connect with local writers and theatremakers.

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YESYESNONO presents

5 Encounters on a Site Called Craigslist

Desperately hilarious and achingly bleak, 5 Encounters on a Site Called Craigslist is an intricate and tender question mark around our attempts to encounter each…

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Workshop/ Don’t forget to look after yourself: Wellbeing for Freelancers

Independent arts producer Louise Blackwell explores what’s important to put in place and prioritise to keep a balanced work/life when you are a freelancer.

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Propel

Join four local theatremakers in our pop up studio space as they try out and share the first stages of new pieces of work. The…

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Jez Dolan: Anders Als Die Andern

Jez Dolan’s work focuses on queer identity, often using secrecy, hiddenness and codification of language, working with archival material in the creation of new work.

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Panel Discussion/ Getting your film on the big screen

In this informal and lively discussion with filmmakers, venues and festival programmers, you’ll get to hear about the many factors that could bring your film…

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Elmi Ali presents

Said the Seismograph About the Tremor

1970's post-revolutionary Somalia meets post-war, present day Mancunian diasporic sensibilities in this scratch performance.

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PlayBox Takeover: Writers’ Breakfast

Join Box of Tricks and current PlayBox playwrights for coffee, pastries and a chat about how they develop new plays and support the next generation…

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Workshop/ The Beginners Guide to Applying for Funding

Do you need funding for your project or practice? Are you struggling to put your artistic ideas into a format that might appeal to funders? …

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Show & Tell Jan 2018

Come and get a taste of what’s happening in the minds of the city’s creatives.

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Become Takeover

Become has programmed an afternoon of inspiring talks and poetic performances with plenty of networking opportunities, featuring established and emerging speakers who will get you…

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Manchester Collective presents

Cabaret: A Show About The End of Love

Comprising some of the most exciting musical talent from a new generation of international instrumentalists, Manchester Collective make their debut at HOME with a musical…

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James Monaghan presents

Forrest

James Monaghan's new solo show Forrest is a metaphorical happening incorporating neuroscience with his own personal stories.

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Workshop/ Creating Content To Engage Your Audience

In this workshop, Marketing Manager Sian Ediss, will explore what makes engaging content. From blogs to videos and social media tips, this workshop will provide insider tools and examples…

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Workshop/ Performers Playground: Freeing up your Creativity

This workshop is perfect for performers and artists who are looking to rediscover the fun in their practice and build a playful relationship with fellow…

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Workshop/ Making Your Participatory Activities Accessible

This practical workshop will demonstrate how access can be added through creative layers to your work; thereby gaining the skills in making access an art…

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Creative Intervention: Ben Mellor

Poet and spoken work artist Ben Mellor will perform a creative intervention to accompany the 20.25 screening of The Post of Wednesday 24 January

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