Homemakers is series of new commissions inviting artists to create new works at home, for an audience who are also at home. These fully funded commissions are an offer to groundbreaking artists to challenge the definition of “live performance” – whether through live streaming, recordings, games, interactive stories, personal encounters, or something completely different.

This project has been made possible thanks to HOME’s Response Fund, set up in the wake of the announcement that arts venues across the country would close due to the coronavirus, and designed to protect HOME’s financial stability and allow them to support artists and colleagues from across the industry.

Access Information

We have created accessible versions of the Homemakers commissions where possible.
The access provision for each commission is explained on the page of each show.
Please contact us if you would like further information on access for Homemakers by emailing: access@homemcr.org

In this festival

Q&A with Hafsah Aneela Bashir about the Poetry Health Service

We caught up with Hafsah Aneela Bashir ahead of the launch of her Oldham Coliseum Homemakers commission, the Poetry Health Service, which goes live next…

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Two new online theatre works available this week

Two new Homemakers works available, plus an open call for five more.

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HOME announces additional commissioning partners for Homemakers

We are proud to announce additional commissioning partners for our Homemakers project, expanding the project’s scale nationwide.

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Ode to Bedroom Dancing

Join creator writer and director Megan for an introduction to the project on Zoom and access to watch Ode to Bedroom Dancing.

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Previously in this Festival

Hot Brown Honey & Quiet RIOT presents

Don’t Touch My Hair

A defiant musical blast that’s equal parts social activism and earworm

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Hester Chillingworth presents

Them’s the Rules

Video calls can feel so void of life. But in this landscape of distance and isolation, they also feel vital.

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David Ellington presents


David Ellington brings to life his poignant and political BSL poem, Liberty, in a new short film

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Matty Gurney presents

Dr Voxoff’s Sign Language School for Hearing Children

A dark, acerbic and witty dystopian vision of a world in which the roles are reversed – where hearing people are a minority.

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In Conversation – Ad Infinitum with Artist and Filmmaker David Ellington

The panel look at how they collaborated on Extraordinary Wall of Silence and the creative process of making work under lockdown

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Stacy Makishi presents

Homeward (house) Bound

A live and intimate one to one encounter to be experienced on the phone. Homeward (house) Bound offers homemade rituals to help us surf through…

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Esosa Ighodaro presents

Dear People of No Colour

A sharp reflection on race and identity, Dear People of No Colour imagines a space where we can breathe together.

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Christian Asare: Love Flows

"Love Flows" a diptych in oils created during lockdown by multi-disciplinary Artist Christian Asare, celebrates the creative contributions of 8 Black British game changers in…

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Workshop: Queer Games

Join Plaster Cast Theatre Company for Queer Games, a free, relaxed workshop, full of drama games & gentle participation, all about having fun, playing and…

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Isaiah Hull presents

Carbon Fingertip

Poetic, personal, connection

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Joan Turner presents

All at Once

Thought-provoking, empowering, identity

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Hannah Jane Walker presents

You Know It Knows

A podcast asking how do we live under threat, and stay well?

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Young Identity x Homemakers

Six Young Identity poets present a collection of work created at home, to be experienced at home.

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Saf Elsenoss presents

Chasing On A Dream

Escape, reflection, poem

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Tin Can presents

A Manual of Fantastical Zoology

Imaginative, intimate, live

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Homemakers Open Call February 2021

Deadline: Sun 21 Feb

We are looking for five North West based theatre or live art-makers to create work at home, for an audience who are also at home.

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Chanje Kunda and Lloyd Nyikadzino presents

Global Pandemic, Global Artists

Join Chanje Kunda and Lloyd Nyikadzino for a live discussion online with aspiring artists from Manchester, London, Zimbabwe, and other African countries

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Staging Change presents


Coinciding with the re-opening of HOME, Spring is a small gesture of hope as our world comes back to life again. Come and collect a…

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Cyclical – a performance by Michael Pinchbeck

On 14 August join artist Michael Pinchbeck via zoom for a 15 min one to one chat. You will also be able to follow this…

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HOME and Girl Gang Manchester presents

Ode to Bedroom Dancing

Ode to Bedroom Dancing is a piece of digital theatre celebrating the inner sanctum of women’s bedrooms.

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Our Pride: Reclaiming the Rainbow

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Shark Week

Shark Week explores and celebrates trans bodies that bleed. This short film doesn’t take itself too seriously, and follows a transgender man as he seeks to block out…

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Koko Brown presents

On Read

In a brand new show played out in realtime, witness one person's attempt at getting closure as she walks the thin line between heartbreak and harassment.

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Toreh O’Garro presents

Memories of a Moss Sidian

Imaginative, escape, poetic

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Ella Otomewo presents

I Don’t Love You Anymore, But I Don’t Love You Any Less

Reflection, poetic, connection

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James Monaghan presents

Let’s Spend The Night Together

On the shortest night of the year a group of young people gather for a live event from sunset to sunrise

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Vici Wreford-Sinnott presents


A funny, edgy radical, trying to live a subversive lifestyle right slap bang in the middle of the radar

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Afrocentricity in Focus: Dancing with HeART

Christian Asare creates a series of portraits of the 8 members of the Manchester QTIPOC group House of Noir, highlighting each member’s creative contributions to…

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Afrocentricity in Focus: Dance Workshops

Christian Asare and Aria Scere-Jacobs will help teach you new choreography in various genres including Vogue

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Afrocentricity in Focus: Art Workshops

A fun interactive workshop where you can learn & develop new techniques in oil painting & art techniques as Christian Asare passes on some of…

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Anna Brownsted presents

Week Nine

Week Nine is lockdown escapism for you and your headphones…a story within a story within a surreal reality.

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Ugly Bucket presents

ABC (Anything But Covid)

A mix of self-help video and disturbing twisted fable

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Chad Taylor presents

Lost Online

Choreographer Chad Taylor allows dance to move between people who are physically apart, so they can dance together

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Bryony Kimmings presents

I am falling in love with you and it’s making me do stupid things

Performance Artist Bryony Kimmings is single in lockdown and it’s smarting somewhat.

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Chris Thorpe & Yusra Warsama presents

Tell Me

Tell Me is a game from HOME to play at home.

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Ad Infinitum presents

A Small Gathering

Three characters find different ways of managing as the days tick over and thoughts turn into visions of madness.

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Homelands explores what happens when everything you know has been turned upside down. Participants are thrown into the centre of an imagined world and asked…

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The Javaad Alipoor Company presents

A Series of Metaphors About A Plague

Artists have always been fascinated by plague, interpreting what it means to society and art in today’s world.

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Naomi Sampson presents

They keep telling me that my house is on fire

Political, reflection, thought-provoking

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METIS presents

Love Letters to a Liveable Future: The Postcards

What do you dream of, out there on the other side of crisis?

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Hidden Track presents

How To Win

A new episodic online game created by multi-award-winning interactive theatre makers Hidden Track

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Seiriol Davies and Matthew Blake presents


An interactive, immersive, fantasy musical that is set in and around your very own home

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Music Theatre Wales and London Sinfonietta presents


Reflective, poetic, soundscape

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Karen Cogan presents

Turkey Sausage Roll

Frank, punchy, moving

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Edalia Day presents

Animation Slam

Pairing the ferocity & comedy of some of the sharpest minds & hearts in the spoken word scene with hand drawn animations

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Naomi Sumner Chan presents

Wait I’m From Wuhan

Wait I’m From Wuhan is the story of a Chinese adoptee struggling to decide whether or not to search for her birth family

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Tin Can presents

A Manual of Fantastical Zoology Live

In isolation the mind plays tricks on us. Our fancies run amok. What imaginary beings do we then start inhabiting?

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Hot Coals Theatre presents

My Darling Christopher

Theatrical, history, heart-warming

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Jo Bannon presents

Absent Tense

Intimate, solitude, reflection

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Tom Kane presents


Magical, poetic, dreamy

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Hester Ullyart presents

I am all the Rooms of the House

Love, poetic, movement

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Leaphia Darko/The London Rep presents

The Very Error Of The Moon

Solitude, Shakespeare, inequality

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Hafsah Aneela Bashir presents

Poetry Health Service

Interactive, poetry, healing

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Complicité presents

everything that rises must dance

A live virtual gathering of women in a performance that celebrates female movement and relationships

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archipelago presents

A Call to Care

A Call to Care is a film by archipelago, co-created with writer Zia Ahmed, and participants from the Royal College of Nursing, exploring the lives…

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