Orbit Festival 2019

Conquer the Divide

The world is becoming more divisive; people increasingly at odds with one another.

For Orbit Festival 2019 we have assembled a group of artists, theatre makers, provokers and thinkers who are exploring this prevailing divide and how we might conquer it, together.

These artists are looking at what unites us, makes us strong and how we connect with each other. They are looking at how we care for and share with one another. How we come to be in this place. In this space. Together.

Like you these artists are extraordinary. They have their stories; all they need is you.




  • More £5 tickets than ever! A limited number of £5 tickets are available for all shows for students, 15-25 card holders, job seekers and people on a low income (£16,000 a year or less). First come first served so early booking is recommended.
  • Look out for our Double Ticket Deals – see two shows on the same night!

Previously in this Festival

HOME & Sites of Resistance at MMU presents

Clean Break’s Sweatbox

Pile in to a real prison van and buckle up for this immersive, explosive play. Part of Orbit 2019.

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Clean Break’s Sweatbox Post-show discussion

Stay after the 20:30 performance on Thu 19 Sep for a post-show discussion with the company.

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Jamal Harewood presents


Become the contestant in a game show that puts words under a magnifying glass. Part of Orbit 2019.

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Paul O'Donnell presents

We’ve Got Each Other

A laugh out loud show celebrating juke-box musicals & Bon Jovi. Part of Orbit 2019.

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Nouveau Riché and Omnibus Theatre presents

Queens of Sheba

After being turned away from a nightclub for being "too black", a group of friends' lives are changed forever when confronted with misogynoir in its…

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Workshop/ ThePappyShow

This workshop will give you a taster to The Pappy Show’s playful approach to theatre - for actors, dancers, movers and shakers - with as…

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Sh!t Theatre presents

Sh!t Theatre Drink Rum with Expats

Celebrating their final year as Europeans, island-monkeys Becca and Louise got invited to the 2018 European Capital of Culture in Malta, and found a lot…

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Workshops/ Pizza Shop Heroes: Refugee Youth Drama Workshop

This drama workshop aimed at refugee or ESOL groups uses basic techniques of play, storytelling and team work exercises to explore ideas of power, arriving…

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the accident did not take place

"The UK’s Best Young Companies 2018" - The Guardian. Part of Orbit 2019

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HOME & Clean Break presents

Propel: Speaking Truth to Power

Our regular scratch night curated by theatre company Clean Break for tonight. Part of Orbit 2019.

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The PappyShow presents


From birth to death, joy and heartbreak in a single breath, CARE celebrates 70 years of the NHS.

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HOME, Journeys Festival International & Phosphoros Theatre presents

Pizza Shop Heroes

From a pizza shop we explore how four young refugees got here, where they're going and what they've learnt along the way. Part of Orbit…

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La JohnJoseph presents

A Generous Lover

The true and very queer tale of one soul’s journey through mental illness. Part of Orbit 2019.

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Workshop/ How to have a Queer Career with Rikki Beadle-Blair MBE

Join us for a fun, dynamic workshop encouraging and empowering LGBTQ+ creatives to harness their authentic selves.

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Amazing Men

Amazing Men is a documentary series featuring Richard, Milky and Djan: three bastions of masculinity, lost in time.

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