Orbit 2017

Orbit Festival 2017 brings together innovative new work from theatre makers across the globe who want to explore our place in the world. Many of these shows come straight from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, exploring our relationship with the past, how we remember, the stories we tell ourselves and what it is that makes us who we are.

How do we navigate today’s world, forging and challenging our economic, political and social circumstance? What about our plans for the future and the threats to our ideals and aspirations we hold dear and hope will keep us safe?

Like you, these artists are extraordinary. They have their stories; all they need now is you. They want to talk to you about where we are now, where we’ve been and where we are going.

So join us for a journey through what it means to be human in these unstable times.

This year’s festival is sponsored by :
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This year Orbit teams up with Journeys Festival International to present some special events celebrating the creative talent of exceptional refugee and asylum seeker artists, and sharing refugee experiences through great art and culture. #JFIMcr

Want to see all shows in Orbit Festival? Buy our Festival Pass

  • £100 Early Bird Price (until Fri 4 Aug)
  • £120 Full Price

And look out for our Double Ticket Deals – See two shows on the same night

In this festival

The Orbit 2017 Podcast

Orbit 2017 has arrived! To find out more about the inner workings of our annual celebration of fringe-theatre, HOME's Senior Producer Kevin Jamieson talks to…

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Previously in this Festival

Palmyra Post show discussion

After the performance on Wed 4 Oct, join us for a post-show discussion about the destruction of cultural heritage in the Middle East. The company…

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Rekrei VR Installation

Using VR and photogrammetric techniques this innovative installation allows viewers to explore recreated three-dimensional representations of heritage that has been lost around the globe.

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HOME and Journeys Festival International presents

Lemn Sissay: Something Dark

A rare chance to see a dramatic reading of the acclaimed one-man play by celebrated performance poet, Lemn Sissay.

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Greg Wohead presents

The Backseat of My Car (and other safe places)

An interactive true storytelling piece for one audience member at a time that takes place somewhere off by ourselves.

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Bravado Post Show Discussion: Working Class Blokes

Scottee has gathered some blokes and their victims to talk about working class masculinity - and you’re invited to speak your mind after the performance…

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Bertrand Lesca & Nasi Voutsas co-produced by FellSwoop Theatre presents


Two performers – one Greek, one French – dance and shout, cry and sing, agree and disagree, about life in the Eurohouse. A darkly comic…

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Bertrand Lesca & Nasi Voutsas presents


Inspired by the destruction of temples and artefacts in Palmyra, Syria, Palmyra uses images of destruction as a starting point for an exploration of the…

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Telling the History of Journeys

Join artist and performer Selina Thompson and Historian Dr Peter Gatrell (Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute, University of Manchester) to discuss the history of journeys,…

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The Paper Birds presents


Mobile is The Paper Birds’ second show in a trilogy about class in modern Britain. Made for audiences of up to 8 people at a…

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Greg Wohead presents


An outdoor performance for one with a cassette player and headphones that is re-made for each location in which it’s performed.

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Bourgeois & Maurice: How To Save The World Without Really Trying

The demented duo deliver their most hilarious, scathing and joyfully cynical show yet.

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Scottee presents


Bravado explores the graphic nature of maleness and the extent it will go to succeed. Blood, spit and tears are set against the drunken backdrop of…

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Áine Flanagan Productions, Seiriol Davies and the Young Vic present presents

How To Win Against History

A hilarious, ripped-up new extravaganza by Seiriol Davies about being too weird for the world, but desperately not wanting it to forget you.

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We Are Ian Post show DJ

After the performance on Fri 13 Oct DJ Darryl Marsden will be in the bar spinning Haçienda classics.

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In Bed With My Brother presents

We Are Ian

We Are Ian is about our mate Ian, who was our age in the late 80s and early 90s Acid House scene in Manchester. The…

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ARC Stockton Productions presents

Instructions for Border Crossing

From the maker of The Price of Everything and Going Viral, Instructions for Border Crossing is an exposed gearbox of a political thriller. Blending Daniel’s…

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