PUSH Festival 2023

PUSH Festival returns in the New Year for our annual celebration of North West creative talent. Over four weeks, our stages, screens and spaces will be dedicated to showcasing fantastic works from around the region, as well as offering opportunities for creatives to meet industry professionals, share ideas and inspiration and develop their skills.

This year’s festival includes newly commissioned works across a range of artforms, including theatre from Isabella Leung and Liam Rees, a new digital work by Anna West, a visual arts commission by Tara Collete that will be presented in our Granada Foundation Galleries, and Artist Films from Katie Mason and Suzy Mangion,  Martha Jurksaitis, and Steve Oliver, presented as part of the Spit That Out Film Programme that will screen at HOME on Sat 28 Jan.

As part of this year’s festival we are also presenting a range of programmed work, including performances by Box of Tricks, Ink and Curtains, Monkeywood Theatre, Mothers Who Make, Darren Pritchard, Ugly Bucket, Panoptical, Josh Coates, Amy Lowcock, sound installation by Jenny Gaskell, and a new digital work from idontloveyouanymore.

PUSH Festival 2023 will also include a series of workshops and other artist development opportunities. We look forward to making further announcements about this soon!

In this festival

Hopelessly Devoted

Set in an era not too long before now, Hopelessly Devoted is an intimate audio story for one.

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The Confessional

Online. A pile of wooden crates, nails in each corner, suddenly cascade to the ground. Each crate, a confession. At HOME, a live feed of…

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Presented by Box Of Tricks

PlayMakers Culture Café: Local writers and offstage creatives

Sat 21 Jan

Hear all about our latest playwright initiatives and newly launched PlayMakers Offstage programme and add your voice to our ever-evolving plans.

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Presented by Box Of Tricks

PlayMakers: Queer Here Now

Sat 21 Jan

Our panel of local LGBTQ+ playwrights and theatremakers will explore queer voices, queer stories and what it means to be creative and queer in the…

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Presented by Box Of Tricks

PlayMakers Masterclass: Writing for unusual spaces

Sat 21 Jan

Join Box of Tricks’ Associate Playwright Becky Prestwich for a practical workshop exploring writing theatre for non-theatre spaces.

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Presented by Box Of Tricks

PlayMakers: BoxFresh

Sat 21 Jan

Join us for rehearsed readings of extracts from work-in-progress scripts fresh off the page.

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Presented by Box Of Tricks

PlayMakers Takeover

Brace yourself for the thrill of the new: a jam-packed day of creative conversations, insightful workshops, impassioned panel discussions and our first ever BoxFresh showcase…

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Ink & Curtains presents

Closure

A dinner party with a dark secret. Alex and Laura quickly learn that their friend Mia may not let them all leave alive. Closure wields dark…

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Monkeywood Theatre presents

Am I Still Young?

Fri 27 Jan

A script in hand sharing of a hilarious, moving and truthful new play by Cathy Crabb and Hazel Gibson, following a mother and daughter through…

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Propel: Mothers Who Make presents

Test The Waters

Sat 28 Jan

Mothers Who Make is a monthly social network for artists of all disciplines who happen to also be mothers. Test The Waters is a scratch…

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Ugly Bucket presents

Stuffed

This is a show about Food Banks. This is not about food. This is a rally. An emergency. This is a clowning show

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Alexa Vox: Patron Saint of Cabaret

A show full of stories and songs that tells the story of Alexa’s life. From scat clubs to parenthood to transition. You will be then invited…

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Ugly Bucket presents

Good Grief

A dying man’s last wish: for his friends to create a show about death. Will it be subtle? Will it be sophisticated? Probably not, but…

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Panoptical presents

#BlackBoyJoyGone: REALISE

Tue 7 Feb

New commisioned cross arts works by 10 UK Black male, men, and transmasc artists will premiere alongside the docu-poem film #BlackBoyJoyGone to tell stories of…

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Amy Townsend-Lowcock presents

My Fruits

They were the first Black family to move on to the estate. Mum, Dad and their six children – Mango, Apple, Plum, Pear, Grapes and…

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Liam Rees presents

The Enlightened

A ‘true’ crime story, unfolding online and in person, in the UK and India.

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Isabella Leung presents

A Bouffon Play About Hong Kong

There is a silent disco over Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour tonight. The bouffons emerge to tell us something - a story perhaps - just for…

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Josh Coates presents

Sunday Morning

Sunday Morning is a hybrid digital theatre performance which acts as a walking tour of the internet, connecting histories of private land ownership to contemporary ecological…

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