The Events

An ATC Production

“Do you speak English? Not to worry. We’re all a big crazy tribe here. Do you want to look at the music? Do you want to sit?”

David Greig’s daring new play asks how far forgiveness can go in the face of atrocity within your own community. Featuring local choirs from Manchester and a soaring soundtrack, The Events tells of tragedy, obsession and our destructive desire to fathom the unfathomable.

When something terrible happens, we want to know why. Why now? Why me? Why us? Claire, the priest of a small seaside village, wants to understand why a boy walked into her choir rehearsal and slaughtered several members. Her search for answers and rage consume her, but the more information she gathers, the further she wanders from the truth and from herself.

This is a mighty play about not just one lost soul, but many. It is about grief and anger, but also about the things that bind us together as a community, the things that drive us apart, and what it is that makes us human.

David Greig’s award-winning play features a different local choir at every performance on stage, accompanying this story of community and redemption.

Voted the Best Play of 2013 by critics in The Guardian.






With grateful thanks to Shackleford Pianos of Macclesfield for the loan of a piano for this production. More information on 0800 0329910, or via email.

Tickets available online, in person & over the phone
Box office: 0161 200 1500

  • Recommended age 14+
  • Running time: 1 hr 30 mins approx (no interval)
  • Entrance to the pre-show bar will be at 19.00 for this production
  • Please be aware that this is a temporary space and as such you’ll be seated on chairs and benches not traditional theatre seats.
  • There will be a free cloakroom available.
  • If you have opted to collect your tickets from Box Office, they will be available from Cornerhouse up to 1 ½ hours before the performance, and then at Number One First Street half an hour before.

Concessions available
Children (14-16) £10
Students (16+) £10

Group Ticket Saver
Organising a group visit? Group deals are available for most productions for groups of 10-40 (£2.50 off each seat) and 41+ (£3.50 off each seat). Call Box Office on 0161 200 1500 for more information and to make your booking. Please note, the Group Ticket Saver deal is only valid on purchases of 10+ tickets for the same performance of one production, and cannot be split across multiple productions or multiple performances of the same production.

Schools Ticket Saver

Tickets are available for schools for most performances, £10 plus one free teacher’s ticket per 10 students. Call Box Office on 0161 200 1500 for more information and to make your booking. Please visit events for further information on our schools events for this production.

£10 tickets are available for students for all performances subject to availability. Tickets can be booked in person at Cornerhouse Box office or via 0161 200 1500 only. Discounts may be restricted for busy performances. Proof of ID required.

Number One First Street is fully accessible. Our temporary home is on the second floor which is accessible via a lift. There are disabled toilets on the second floor. There are a limited number of parking spaces available at the side of the building, accessible from Medlock Street. Please ring Box Office on 0161 200 1500 to book wheelchair spaces.

Local choirs performing –
Wed 22 Oct: She Choir
Thu 23 Oct: Manchester Lesbian & Gay Chorus
Fri 24 Oct: Open Voice
Sat 25 Oct, 14:30: Gallery Choir
Sat 25 Oct, 19:30: Ordsall A cappella Singers