Our new Jan – Jul 2020 Theatre Season

We’re thrilled to unveil a stunning new season for 2020 – featuring glam aliens, zombies, fictitious artists and a show that puts the period in period adaptation.

There are world and UK premieres, new HOME commissions, and famous names and artists making their breakthroughs. There are works that are thoughtful, immersive, harrowing and funny.

The biggest, glitteriest and most glamorous show of the season is Insane Animals, a modern mythical musical, proudly presented by HOME and Bourgeois & Maurice. This world premiere from the cult cabaret duo is a queer unravelling of past and present, fact and fiction, life and death.

There’s thrilling new work from Hofesh Shechter Company with Double Murder, presenting two distinctly contrasting pieces exploring societal schisms and human kinship. There will be UK premieres of two touring shows, the strikingly original and audacious play Amsterdam, Matthew Xia’s first production as Artistic Director of Actors Touring Company, and David Hoyle’s lacerating and riotous Ten Commandments. And HOME favourites Figs in Wigs return with Little Wimmin, a live art feminist adaptation of Louise May Alcott’s novel (spoiler alert: Beth dies).

We have an international first as Atresbandes and Bert & Nasi collaborate for the very first time with the tale of the fictitious artist Patrick Watson It Don’t Worry Me, Mind the Gap and Gecko Theatre’s intricately crafted a little space, Ad Infinitum’s powerful Extraordinary Wall of Silence, and Cheryl Martin’s immersive and moving One Woman.

Three festivals will showcase the most exciting theatre around, from our annual celebration of the North West’s creative talents, PUSH, to a packed programme for Horizons Festival marking Refugee Week and the very best emerging theatre companies in the country in Incoming Festival.

There’s also a host of shows by touring companies, including many returning favourites. Jessie Cave returns to HOME after a sold-out run earlier this year with Cave Women, a work-in-progress with her sister Bebe, and the long-endured cabaret duo Jinkx Monsoon and Major Scales are Together Again, Again!

Or take your pick from Poltergeist Theatre’s existential comedy caper Art Heist, the Technicolor coming-of-age tale Poet in Da Corner, the hilarious homage The Strange Tale of Stan Laurel and Charlie Chaplin or Night of the Living Dead – Remix, a love song to George A. Romero.

The “magnetic” and “brilliant” Jess Thom, co-founder of Touretteshero, brings Samuel Beckett’s Not I to our stage, and following a hugely successful Drag Becomes Her last year, Peaches Christ tackles the Addams Family in Addams Apple Family Values.

We’ve appearances from Mark Thomas, Roddy Doyle, Alexei Sayle and Adam Buxton, and the Hope and Resistance series continues with editor, critic and broadcaster Ellah Wakatama OBE in conversation with some incredible names, including Christina Lamb, Aminatta Forna and Lindsey Hilsum. And last but not least, Manchester Camerata orchestra will perform alongside award-winning group Kabantu, a group of musicians who are reinventing global sounds from their multicultural home of Manchester.

In this season

Poet in Da Corner + post-show discussion

A Q&A event with writers Debris Stevenson and Jammz discussion the process and development of the show hosted by a member of the RC participation…

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Peaches Christ: Addams Apple Family Values

Following the hugely successful Drag Becomes Her last year, Peaches Christ and the team now tackle the Addams Family!

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Not I

Jess Thom takes on Samuel Beckett's short play in a theatrical experience that explores neurodiversity and asks who is allowed to perform what and who…

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The Complete Works: Year 1 – Hope & Resistance

Editor, critic & broadcaster Ellah Wakatama OBE presents a brand-new series of in-depth interviews at HOME, in partnership with the University of Manchester

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Jessie & Bebe Cave: Cave Women – Work in Progress

Cave sisters. A dark place. Working out how to work together. Jessie Cave return to HOME following a sell out run in 2019.

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Art Heist

An existential comedy caper about the power of frames and the absurdity of labels. From the team behind multi award winning Lights Over Tesco Car…

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David Hoyle presents

Ten Commandments

Rioting the wrongs of contemporary Britain, Ten Commandments examines the meaning of ageing, human rights, queer politics, ethics, worship and spirituality as David searches for…

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Royal Court presents

Poet in Da Corner

In this semi-autobiographical piece by Debris Stevenson, step into a technicolour world where music, dance and spoken word collide.

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Previously in this season

Push Festival 2020

Two weeks of inspiring, creative experiences fresh from the North West.

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Amsterdam

Stories of a devastating past are compellingly reconstructed to try and make sense of the present. Amsterdam is the UK premiere of a strikingly original…

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Night of the Living Dead: Remix

50 years after the release of Romero’s politically charged zombie movie, imitating the dog & Leeds Playhouse create a love-song to the original 1960s film,…

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Manchester Camerata: Kabantu v Manchester Camerata

‘Kabantu’ meaning ‘of the people’ come to HOME celebrating music from all around the world.

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Amsterdam + post-show Q&A

There will be a chance to join members of the cast, director Matthew Xia and Manchester journalist Deborah Linton for a Q&A following the show…

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Conversations with Roddy Doyle

Celebrate the career of one of Ireland’s best-loved writers, as he discusses his work in an intimate and entertaining evening of sprawling conversation, with various…

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HOME & Bourgeois and Maurice presents

Insane Animals

This mind-bending, time-travelling musical comedy is packed with satirical & side-splitting songs & a hero’s journey that is out of this world.

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Alexei Sayle: Live Tour

In his own words, Alexei Sayle has been performing stand up for forty years since the day he invented modern comedy.

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Gecko and Mind the Gap presents

a little space

This intricately crafted performance combines Gecko’s unique blend of theatre, choreography and stunning imagery with incredible performers from Mind the Gap.

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Northern Lines & HOME presents

Extraordinary Wall of Silence

Ad Infinitum combine the company’s signature style of physical storytelling with the beauty of BSL in an unmissable feast for the senses.

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Told by an Idiot and Theatre Royal Plymouth Productions presents

The Strange Tale of Charlie Chaplin and Stan Laurel

Inspired by true events, this funny, moving and unsettling melodrama offers a unique insight into the early careers of comedy legends Charlie Chaplin and Stan…

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Little Wimmin

Blurring the boundaries of live art, music, theatre, comedy & dance, Little Wimmin examines how we think about the past, what’s wrong with the present…

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