A group of artists as diverse as their subject matter… meeting… talking… eating…exploring…

Check out Divergency’s Autumn programme below. Starting with the second Mixology – a group meal and discussion; followed by an exploration of critical writing; and finishing with a Live Art workshop, and an invitation to a performance by Stacy Makishi.


Tue 18 Sep 6-9pm 2018 | Z-arts | FREE

Group meal + discussion: MIXOLOGY
Challenging the barriers encountered by artists of colour exploring Live Art. A group meal + discussion, with guest Tarik Elmoutawakil.

In May 2014, we invited a diverse group of artists to come together for a meal, a glass of wine and a conversation about Live Art and cultural diversity. And so, Divergency was born…

A gathering of like-minded people, over the last 2 years we have eaten (plenty), drunk (even more) and talked, sometimes even argued (too much). We’ve also done workshops, seen and put-on performances and sown the seeds for a new crop of work.

Now we’d like to mix things up — and we’d like to invite you to join us in exploring, talking, watching, and making Live Art. There’ll be food, there’ll be talk, there’ll be a bit of performance — and we might even be mixing our drinks…

About Tarik Elmoutawakil
Tarik Elmoutawakil is an artist, programmer, and community organiser based at The Marlborough Theatre in Brighton since 2008. His recent public work is entitled ‘Brownton Abbey’, an Afro-Futures Performance Party that centres QTIPOC (queer, trans and intersex people of colour), in particular those with disabilities. Drawing on the divine energies of QTIPOC, Brownton Abbey reclaims and reinterprets QTIPOC spirituality and ritual, channelling it into an out-of-this-world party.

Tarik is fixated on themes of queer resistance, harnessing the elevation, celebration, and centring of Otherness. He is currently investigating the transformational power of both radically inclusive and radically exclusive spaces as modes of empowerment and social cohesion. Tarik is a keen public speaker on subjects such as ‘Tokenism’ and ‘Learning to Talk about Race’, and is invested in connecting connecting collectives, and amplifying the voices of marginalised people whose perspectives are usually unheard.

If you are an artist of colour, experienced, emerging or just plain curious about exploring live art, we would love for you to join us. To request a place, please email us at divergency@habmcr.org


Thu 25 Oct 6-9pm 2018 | Z-arts | FREE

How can artists and audiences sidestep the star rating format to give meaningful critical responses to watching performance? A workshop lead by Salome Wagaine.

This workshop is intended for artists and audiences looking to try out new ways of expressing joy, tedium, or something else entirely after watching a performance. Focussing on criticism that sits outside the star rating reviews format, the session will explore approaching critical writing in a way that makes room for the social context in which any show is made, through a combination of discussion and exercises.

About Salome Wagaine
Salome Wagaine is a writer and producer from London. Currently co-project managing Live Art UK’s Diverse Actions initiative (which works to support people of colour working within the live art sector), she will edit a publication at the end of the project’s three years. Outside of her work in theatre and performance, she has a cultural criticism newsletter and wrote and directed her first short film, Highlife, earlier this year.

If you are an artist of colour, experienced, emerging or just plain curious about exploring live art, we would love for you to join us. To request a place, please email us at divergency@habmcr.org


Tue 20 Nov  6-9pm 2018 | STUN Studio at Z-arts | FREE

Live Art Workshop with Stacy Makishi: KILLING TIME
Do you kill your creative ideas before they’re born? Do you notice that the more time you have, the less you get done? Are you constantly getting in your own way?

Introducing Killing Time!
This workshop that galvanizes participants to:
Move faster than think
Create faster than critique
Resist resistance
Pulverize procrastination.

Killing Time is a physical workshop that welcomes anyone who is curious about live art and performance. One must have a willingness to try out new ideas and an adventurous spirit to walk out into the unknown.

About Stacy Makishi
Hawaii born Stacy Makishi frolics with many forms including live art, film, visual art and physical theatre. She has performed at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Royal Albert Hall, TATE Modern and at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Stacy Makishi has over twenty years experience as a facilitator and has been carefully cultivating crafty ways to catch artists off-guard. She has taught at Harvard, MIT, UC Berkeley, Wellesley College and University of Massachusetts and has been resident artist and guest lecturer at Queen Mary University, London.

If you are an artist of colour, experienced, emerging or just plain curious about exploring live art, we would love for you to join us. To request a place, please email us at divergency@habmcr.org

plus on Wed 21 Nov, 7pm at The Lowry | Pay What You Decide

Stacy Makishi: THE COMFORTER
Part ritual; part prayer; part rowdy revivalist rally, The Comforter is a rite of passage that reclaims spirituality and proposes a new perspective on church. Exchanging psalms and sacrament for 80’s/90’s pop culture, it draws inspiration from Twin Peaks and Ingmar Bergman and throws a kiss to George Michael.

To book PWYD ticket for THE COMFORTER:  Info here.


Tuesday 18 September     |      10am – 6.30pm 

How do we use digital platforms to create amazing theatrical experiences for young people and children? How do we incorporate digital technology into helping us tell stories and ignite imaginations?

Z-arts will host a digital masterclass, including sessions from three of the most inspiring companies making the most of digital technology in theatre, that will explore the incredible possibilities digital technology can bring to theatre and storytelling, and inspire making the best use out of digital technology in theatre.

Leading the key digital workshops are:

Tassos Stevens, Director of Coney, who will be discussing what the word ‘digital’ means and how, in actuality, it’s about people and how we connect with each other over different times and places. Looking at the technology most frequently used and why, and what models work best, this is an interactive session that will really get you thinking about new and exciting ways to communicate with others. There will be a chance to play some games to see how this works practically for customers and audiences.

Peter Higgin, Director of Enrichment & Punchdrunk Village at Punchdrunk, will be sharing insights into Punchdrunk’s approach to implementing digital technologies into the company’s ground-breaking practice. Peter will be talking through the nature of The Oracles project, a cross-platform storytelling project which won Columbia University’s Digital Dozen Break Through Award, digging deeper into the mechanics of the project and delving into the relationship between technology and live performance. The session will finish with a creative workshop that will allow participants to dream up their own ideas.

Ilya Van Autreve, Medialab Co-Ordinator and Assistant Director at KOPERGIETERY, Belgium, will be delivering an insight on how the Medialab of KOPERGIETERY works, exploring more about what the vision of KOPERGIETERY is in performing arts for young people and more precisely in relation to technology and media arts. This session involves a workshop with technologies that the Medialab are researching with right now (like livestreaming) or what they want to be working with in the near future (like Virtual Reality).
This masterclass is an opportunity to share your ideas and experiences, learn from others, and be inspired into revolutionising theatre and creative experiences.

The masterclass is being run by Z-arts ahead of its Big Imagination Festival in October 2019, which will focus on artistic work that uses digital content for young people. Z-arts and Big Imaginations are looking for new work to support and/or programme as part of this exciting festival.

Follow the link below for more information:

**Please note, this event is now sold out, but there is an opportunity to see a paid-for live stream of each masterclass, please see the information at the link below:

Our friends at Z-arts are hosting a Vital Spark roadshow on Wednesday 5 September. Vital Spark is a pioneering scheme by The Spark Arts for Children, Leicester.

The Spark Arts are looking for artists who identify as BAME, a person of colour and/or D/deaf or disabled to join them to create more diverse work for children and young people. Adel Al-Salloum (Director of The Spark Arts) and Tara Lopez (Creative Producer) will be travelling across the country to deliver informal networking events and are interested in meeting artists and companies interested in the programme.

Vital Spark is a four year programme which will work with artists and young people to understand how the arts, as a sector, can be more representative of and relevant to children today.

By supporting diverse artists and ideas, Vital Spark aims to shift the landscape of performance for children and young people. They will do so by questioning what stories we should be telling, how they should be told, and who should be telling them, and using this conversation to respond and act in a positive and immediate way.

The four-year programme will consist of
Vital Spark Development Programme: a yearly programme inviting a range of artists who identify as BAME, a person of colour and/or D/deaf or disabled to develop themselves and the sector by interrogating their practice and the environment within which it sits;
Ideas Fund: commissioning and supporting new, bold, exciting ideas for work more representative of children today;
Vital Spark Productions: producing two new pieces of high quality work that have the potential to tour nationally and internationally.

Applications are now open for the Development Programme and Ideas Fund for 2018-19. Follow the above links for more information, and come along to the Roadshow when it visits Z-arts on Wednesday 5 September.

Please follow the link below for more information and to register for your space: https://thesparkarts.co.uk/events/121576/vital-spark-roadshows.

Commissioned by Dance Manchester and supported by Waterside Arts, Sustained Theatre up North, One Dance UK and by National Lottery funding through Arts Council England.

Fresh from Breakin’ Convention ’18, Manchester’s own Chad Taylor presents Awakening – using the intricacy of Hip Hop to explore how substance abuse infests and play tricks on the mind in.


This is a free event taking place on the Plaza at Waterside Arts Centre, Sale, Trafford, M33 7ZF

30 mins approx.
Friday 20 July: 16:00 & 19:00
Saturday 21 July: 16:00 & 19:00


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Check out Chad Taylor’s website

An award-winning show about war and refuge, written and performed by French Brazilian artist Gael Le Cornec.

29 Jun | 7.30pm
Tickets £9 / £7

“Unbearably powerful and moving.” ★★★★ The Scotsman

The Other – Trailer from Gaël Le Cornec on Vimeo.

Unicef estimates 30 million children are fleeing brutal violence, extreme poverty or both.

Like the others, one night young Mana escapes the war-torn Redyellow planet on a shooting star. During her journey across the universe, imagination is her best defense in the struggle for survival. Will Mana ever arrive to her dreamland, the beautiful blue planet?

Embark on a disturbing coming-of-age, award-winning show (Edinburgh Fringe 2016), overflowing with poetry, strange creatures and stunning imagery.

“Stunning. Imaginative, emotionally powerful and aesthetically beautiful.” 
★★★★★ Broadway Baby

“Heart achingly funny… a humble low-fi yet dazzling affair” 
★★★★ The Skinny


Presented in STUN Studio at Z-arts
Running time: 65 minutes
Produced by The Footprint Project
Directed by Ben Samuels

STUN (Sustained Theatre Up North) partner up with long-time collaborators Fade to Black Film Festival and the Mbari Group to present a series of feature-length films under the banner ‘Fade to Black Season – Generations‘.


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Taking place over three Friday evenings, from November 25th, audiences can see films that in some way chronicle and examine how race relations have changed from the 1950s to the present day. There will be Q&As and talks alongside each film that will tap into current debates and discuss the political situation at hand. STUN Studio is the perfect venue for this, as one of Manchester’s few spaces dedicated to BAME film, theatre and current political debate. Fade to Black is Manchester’s only Black Film Club specialising in Black Films.


Friday December 9th

7pm – 10pm | STUN Studio at Z-arts

From the director of The Black Power Mixtape comes a bold and fresh visual narrative on Africa, based on newly discovered archive material covering the struggle for liberation from colonial rule in the late ’60s and ’70s, accompanied by text from Frantz Fanon’s The Wretched of the Earth. Narrated by Lauryn Hill.

“Archival footage provides a damning indictment of European imperialism from the director of ‘The Black Power Mixtape.’”


”Concerning Violence is one of the best documentaries to hit this year’s Sundance. It also acts as an excellent companion piece to We Come As Friends, another great doc about imperialism in Africa that’s been playing the fest. It stands alone both as a work of history, sociology, psychology, and philosophy.”

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BOOK: http://www.z-arts.org/events/concerning-violence/

SPOKEN WORD THEATRE at Contact, Manchester November 12th

Poetry and theatre combine to explore how displacement narratives shape people’s concepts of home in the British context.

On the same morning the Government unleashes ‘Go Home’ buses on the streets of London, four strangers find themselves detained together following a raid at a train station. As they speculate on the reasons for their detention and react to their predicaments and each other, their individual stories unravel a tale of subtle prejudices, displacement narratives not limited to migration as well as diverse coping mechanisms.

Ilé la wa, which means ‘we are home’ in Yoruba, explores what happens when your idea of home conflicts with your reality.

The play features writing from Tolu Agbelusi, Tshaka Campbell, Russenï Fisher, Jemilia Wisdom and Belinda Zhawi and performances by Tolu, Russenï, Belinda and Flo Wilson.

Plus a curtain-raiser performance from Young Identity.



Tolu Agbelusi is a Nigerian British poet, writer and performer with strong story telling skills. Her commissions have included the IWM and Theatre Royal Stratford East. Tolu is published internationally and has appeared on TV. She is a gentle but powerful writer who brings raw emotion that cuts deep.

Russenï Fisher is an explosive poet with exceptional performance ability. He has featured widely including at the Olympic Park, Southbank and as opening act for the Last Poets at the Love Box Festival 2015. He is definitely one to watch.

Belinda Zhawi is a Zimbabwean British poet. She was a shortlisted Young London Poet Laureate for 2015/16 and has graced stages including Africa Writes, TATE Britain and Bestival. Her work explores her experiences of living in Zimbabwe and the role this has played in shaping her own narrative.

Flo Wilson is an actress, composer, director and storyteller with over 20 years experience. She has appeared on stage including at the Royal National Theatre, Royal Exchange, West Yorkshire Playhouse; and on screen in productions including Coronation Street, Fat Friends, Waterloo Road. Flo embodies her characters with an artistry that demands attention.


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£11 FULL // £6 CONCS. 

Suitable for all ages.
Supported by Arts Council England and Apples and Snakes.

Presented by Word of Warning, STUN + Black Gold Arts Festival


Thursday 6 October 2016, 6-10pm

Join us on Thursday 6 October for an evening of the different in Hulme — a unique insight into eight new works in various stages of development, from first sketches to ready-to-go shows…

Feat. Maya Chowdhry, Jamil Keating, Chanje Kunda, Afreena Islam, Cheryl Martin, Chelsea Morgan, Toni-Dee Paul and Yvonne Shelton.

From the earth beneath our feet to the stars in our skies, an evening of emerging works by a group of artists as diverse as their subject matter. Quantum mechanics, homelessness, food and sex brought together in a series of tabletop performances, installations and sit-down shows.

Installation, 6-8.30pm. FREE

Jamil Keating | Asteroid RK1
Chelsea Morgan | Tented
Yvonne Shelton | Testimony

Tabletop Trio, 6pm. £6/3

Maya Chowdhry | Peas on Earth
Afreena Islam | Daughters of the Curry Revolution
Toni-Dee Paul | My Father’s Kitchen

Double Bill, 8.30pm. £6/3

Chanje Kunda | Superposition
Cheryl Martin | Who Wants to Live Forever (extract)

Venue + Booking Details for Installation
Date: Thursday 6 October 2016, 6-8.30pm
Venue: Z-arts, 335 Stretford Road, Manchester, M15 5ZA
Tickets: FREE no booking required, come + go as you please.
Venue (Z-arts) Tel: 0161 232 6089

Venue + Booking Details for Tabletop Trio
Date: Thursday 6 October 2016, 6pm (very limited capacity)
Venue: Z-arts, 335 Stretford Road, Manchester, M15 5ZA
Tickets: £6/3, available from Mon 19 Sep.
Venue (Z-arts) Tel: 0161 232 6089

Venue + Booking Details for Double Bill
Date: Thursday 6 October 2016, 8.30pm
Venue: Z-arts (incl STUN Studio), 335 Stretford Road, Manchester, M15 5ZA
Tickets: £6/3, available from Mon 19 Sep.
Venue (Z-arts) Tel: 0161 232 6089

Access Information

Divergency is primarily an adult-focussed event, some works will not be suitable for younger viewers (i.e. under 18s). It takes place in a number of different spaces and formats — some seated, some standing, some spoken word, some visual, some limited capacity, some participatory. We apologise but some of the work may not be wheelchair accessible. For specific age and access information please email info@habarts.org or call 0161 232 6086.


Divergency is an ongoing artist development programme supported by hÅb +STUN; supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. | Header image: Chanje Kunda

www.divergencymcr.org | #Divergency | Black Gold Arts Festival

Thursday 29 September 2016 | 6.30 – 9pm | STUN Studio at Z-arts

Please Note: We expect this showing to be very busy and limited space is available. Please book in advance where possible to avoid disappointment.

Inspired by Barack and Michelle Obama’s first date, SOUTHSIDE WITH YOU recounts the eventful summer day in 1989 when a young law firm associate named Barack Obama tried to woo lawyer Michelle Robinson during a daylong date.

“92% fresh”Tomatometer

“A tremendous walk-and-talk romance that would work just fine devoid of context. But it’s that context that puts it over the top – into “best of the year” territory.” – J. Olson – Cinemixtape

“…perceptive, intelligent, entirely credible imagining of how these two very bright young lawyers broke the ice during a long afternoon and evening in Chicago in 1989.”The Hollywood Reporter

BOOK TICKETS NOW £7/£5 concs.


STRIKE A POSE: Dance Cinema Event
7 Oct | 7.30pm
Tickets £10 / £6
Please note, this event is now sold out – call Z-arts Box Office on 0161 232 6089 to be added to a wait list. 

Black Gold Arts Festival with the help of Queer Media, has bagged the Northwest premiere of Strike A Pose.

What does it take to express yourself? The surprising and moving story of Madonna’s most famous troupe of dancers.

In 1990, seven young male dancers – 6 gay, 1 straight – joined Madonna on her most controversial tour. On stage and in the iconic film Truth or Dare they showed the world how to express yourself. Now, 25 years later, they reveal the truth about life during and after the tour. Strike a Pose is a dramatic tale about overcoming shame and finding the courage to be who you are.

In a one-off special event taking pace in the STUN Studio at Z-arts, this screening of the film will be accompanied by a spectacular dance piece choreographed by rising star Natasha Gooden and performed by Manchester favourites House of Ghetto.

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Praise for Strike A Pose
“Resilience and spirit come through strongly” — The Hollywood Reporter, David Rooney
“An uplifting survival tale.” — The Playlist/Indiewire, Jessica Kiang
“A perfect love song by Gould and Zwaan to the exceptional men those boys turned out to be.” — The Huffington Post, E. Nina Rothe

Black Gold Arts Festival is supported using public funding by Arts Council England. Supported by STUN, Contact, Commonword, and Divergency.

Strike A Pose website
Twitter: @StrikeAPoseDocu


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CLAY: a live dance performance
28 Oct | 7.30pm
Tickets £8/£5
All ages

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It is said that clay is the matter that we are made of. Buried in that matter are the memories that mould our experiences, our understandings and gestures. Memories that seem to belong to a time long before our very thoughts were shaped. Ancient yet familiar, they accompany us from places that only our cells have been.

In CLAY Asha Thomas, American contemporary dancer and Yinka Esi Graves, British flamenco dancer, draw from their collective memory and experiences to create a unique language between them. It is their very dancing that goes in search of the past whilst being informed by it. One dancer of half Jamaican and Ghanian descent and the other from a long line of southern baptist preachers, explore the connections between who they believe themselves to be, and the unconscious parts that make up who they are.

It is the place where this duo’s dance influences cross that evokes memories of imagined lands, all to the unique soundscape of flamenco and electric guitarist Guillermo Guillén.

CLAY is a powerful game between solo pieces and explosive pas de deux, of their rhythms and unique expression. It asks us to locate the parts of ourselves that have formed over long periods of time, surviving the wear of migration to still be found today.

Choreographed and performed by Yinka Esi Graves and Asha Thomas.
A STUN (Sustained Theatre Up North) and Châteauvallon- Scenes nationale co-commission

For more information about the artists and the making of CLAY, visit: http://clayperformance.blogspot.co.uk/ 


CLAY open rehearsal
28 Oct | 1pm – 2:30pm 
All ages

The artists of CLAY are proposing an open rehearsal where the public will be able to get a behind-the-scenes look into the creative process of the production. The artists find it important to share with the community all of the aspects that are involved in putting together a dance performance, whether it be collaborating with the lighting designer, refining and perfecting the dance movements, or the interactions between the dancers and the musician/composer.  Afterwards, the audience will be given an opportunity to ask questions about the piece, to gain insight into the artist’s individual backgrounds, and to learn about the peculiarities of working and living internationally. 


CLAY Workshop

26 Oct | 5:30pm
Ages 15+

The dancers in CLAY will offer a dance workshop that will expose the students to the different genres shown in the piece: flamenco, contemporary dance, and other social dances from the African diaspora. The students will experience how the artists of CLAY have chosen to interconnect the different styles and will also have the opportunity to explore themes that include sensibility to music and rhythm, bodily coordination and strength, and self expression through different dynamics.


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21 October | 7:30pm
Suitable for ages 12+
FREE, please book your seat using the link below.

“My dad is a conundrum. He shapes his tongue like a crescent, then beams his way upwards. Most times he leaves me books, books and books covered in stardust. Other times he leaves me with a heavy sense of dread. How do you communicate with a man who has a moon where he should have a head?”

A new show from one of Manchester’s best and brightest up-and-coming talents.

Written and performed by Keisha Thompson | Directed by Benji Reid
A STUN (Sustained Theatre Up North) commission


This was a speech delivered by Tanzil Chowdhury on behalf of the Northern Police Monitoring Project at Fade to Black’s screening of ‘The Hard Stop‘ at STUN Studio at Z-arts on the 29th July, 2016.


“I’d like to first start by talking very briefly about “truth.”

For many thousands of years, thinkers from around the world and throughout time have tried to determine what we mean by the truth- whether there is some kind of independent, objective reality out there and how we go about determining this objective reality. This branch of philosophy is typically called epistemology.

Some philosophers however, contest that there is an objective reality out there or that, while there might be, it is not possible for human beings to determine that objective reality.

Some of those people say we have to stop talking about truth therefore and have to start talking about discourses or narratives.

Discourses or narratives aren’t about trying to resemble truth (as they would doubt such a thing exists) but are about how we describe things and events and produce meaning for those things and events. Most importantly however, narratives are necessarily linked to power.

So the way a discourse or narrative is shaped necessarily reflects some power imbalance present.

This seems a much more appropriate way to understand how the state and media frame events and people- events like deaths by the police and those people who are its victims. Discourses and narratives therefore, are not only not about truth, but importantly reflect how these institutions, like the state, media and police reflect the power differences between them and the public whose opinions are shaped by these very discourses.

So when we talk about anything the police does, we need to recognise that the police are producing their meaning of what these events and people mean.

I imagine I am preaching to the converted when I now describe how Mark Duggan was vilified almost immediately after his execution.

So firstly, Police told the media that there had been a ‘shootout’, thus insinuating that Mark had a gun- and then later explicitly came out to the media confirming this. This was affirmed later by the shooter, V53, who said he was 100% sure Mark possessed a firearm. There was also the now infamous photo of a ‘hard faced Mark Duggan’ which was actually a cropped image of Mark mourning the passing of his daughter- the cropped version was published across the tabloid press with accompanying sensationalist headlines. At the Public Inquiry, a police officer from the witness box described Duggan as being “among Europe’s most violent criminals.”

Now a few days after the killing, the IPCC said there was no evidence that Mark had shot first. The IPCC said a few days after that, that they may have misled journalists on suggesting Mark had fired shots. Please take a moment to appreciate how catastrophic a blunder this was- but instead as a naive public we accepted this as a admirable concession. These public bodies need to be held to an incredibly high standard given the power we instil with them. Most conclusively however, in 2014 an inquest found that Duggan had not been carrying a weapon- though remarkably, his killing was deemed lawful.

Let’s be clear however. The moment that the term gang or gangsters had been uttered in the same sentence as Mark’s name, the damage had been done and his murder had been seen, not as another tragic episode of the institutionally racist police force’s vilification and disproportionate surveillance, stopping and searching and harassment of the Black community, but as the heroic bobbies ridding our streets of another gangster.

Only now, despite the years of research (much conducted by local academics such as Patrick Williams) are MPs beginning to recognises the toxic and racist labelling of groups of young black men as gangs. Let’s be honest, gang is used because its slightly less acceptable today to say that the police are killing, arresting and harassing black people.

This following quote from the Institute of Race Relations sums it all up saying:

“On examining deaths that have occurred over the years involving members of the African-Caribbean community in particular, it becomes clear that, in the immediate aftermath of death, information is placed in the public domain, citing unnamed police sources, which casts doubt on the character of the deceased, tending to frame him as a violent and dangerous black criminal. 

Mark Duggan had already been labelled a ‘gangster’ or ‘suspected gangster’ and the Daily Telegraph and the Sun, amongst others, had published stories that he was linked to ‘Manchester gangsters’.[13] The Daily Mail went even further claiming that ‘Duggan was a “crack dealer” linked to a string of feared gangs’.[14]”

The police and state don’t deal in truth, they deal in narratives.

Final two points – often families like the Duggan’s, Alder’s, Rigg’s, Graingers etc have sometimes been labeled paranoid, conspiracy theorists whenever they level attacks about how the police and state surveillance their families and campaigns.

But then 2 things happened.

The first is that it emerged that Doreen Lawrence (the mother of Stephen) and her family had been spied upon by undercover police.

The second is that of Hillsborough. What the Hillsborough Inquiry illustrated is how the State and its agencies shaped narratives to mitigate or avoid accountability. For many, it had taken the phenomenon of state cover up and collusion, spying and sureveille-ancing out of the realm of conspiracy and into the realm of possibility.

It’s therefore essential that we all re-think Duggan, Alder, Smiley Culture, Joy Gardner, Anthony Grainger, Habib Paps Ullah etc.

Linking US and UK & the ‘History of ideas’

I want to firstly mention  a common criticism levelled at the Black Lives Matter Movement. Firstly, to those that say All Lives Matter – African Americans comprised 15% of all police deaths in 2015, but only make 2% of the population. So at the very least, race plays a part.

Now while there are differences with the hypothetical I am about to present, imagine for a moment saying to Jews in the 1930s while they were being systematically executed, All Lives Matter. Or saying All lives matter to Bosniain Muslims while 800 of them were executed in Srebenicia.

Of course, all lives matter.

But in the states, Black lives have never really mattered. African Americans are underrepresented in key areas of employment, overrepresented in the mass private prison industrial complex and let’s not forget that the US was built on the backs of their ancestors. And perhaps most significantly, the only time the US government bombed its OWN citizens, was a black neighbourhood in Philadelphia in 1985.

But why do these remote historical things matter?

It is important to understand how ideas repeat themselves throughout time, albeit with different contents, contexts and situations.

In 2015, more African Americans were killed by the police than were lynched during the worst year of the racist Jim Crow laws. This is liberal America. And there are also the appalling responses to natural disasters in predominately black areas in the US, the selective grief of those they mourn, the US media’s sanitisation of terrorists going on shooting rampages in black churches, stop and searches etc etc.

But to quote Akala’s fire in the booth, ‘That’s America, This Britain, something similar, some different.”

1558 deaths have occurred in police custody or contact since 1990, 60 which were by way of shooting. Indeed in 2012, greater Manchester police killed Anthony Grainger not too far away from here.

500 Black and Asian people have died in suspicious circumstances while in state detention in the past 24 years according to a study conducted last year by the institute of relations.

In Greater Manchester, as a black person, the moment you step out of this building, you are almost 3 times more likely to get stopped and searched than your white counterparts.

And as I speak to my friends, many whom are respected community organisers and youth workers in this area, Operation Excalibur, the GMPs ‘gang’ program, seem to be adopting a tactic of ‘stop and harassing’ of predominately black youth in the area.

And of course there is also a context too in the UK that the Black Lives Matter UK movement will soon articulate- not of slavery of the black population, but of colonialism, of socially engineered poverty, of criminalisation following the Windrush and gentrification- which I won’t go into now.

The point am trying to make is this- we have to stop looking at these events in their historical context and instead start looking at them in their genealogical context. What do I mean by that?

It means that we have to stop presuming that just because time passes, we think ideas and the society and institutions they create necessarily progress and get better.

They don’t.

Ideas, unless they are challenged, just reformulate themselves which is why in 2015 more people were killed in liberal America, than lynched in the worse years of racially segregated American.

The content, contexts and situations of these ideas of oppression may change, but the ideas endure.

Only once we know that, will we stop relying on these same ideas, and the institutions and paradigms they produce, and will we begin to emancipate us.

No Justice, No Peace, Rest in Power Mark Duggan.”

Tanzil Chowdhury

Friday 29 July 2016 | 6.15 – 9pm | STUN Studio at Z-arts

Please Note: We expect this showing to be very busy and limited space is available. Please book in advance where possible to avoid disappointment.

In August 2011, 29-year-old Mark Duggan was shot and killed whilst being arrested by armed police in Tottenham, London. This incident ignited a riot that escalated into a week of the worst civil unrest in recent British history. 
This film explores the life and death of Mark Duggan, and features his childhood friends, Marcus and Kurtis, as they struggle to come to terms with the death of their friend – whilst also waiting to see if the inquest into his shooting will provide them with a satisfactory version of the truth.

“Moving and insightful documentary about the controversial shooting of Mark Duggan.”
Film List

“A hard-hitting doc exploring the fallout from the killing by police of Tottenham man Mark Duggan.” ★★★★
Time Out London

Film of the Week, British Film Institute

Fade to Black is also pleased to welcome guest speakers Carol Duggan – Mark’s aunt, Tanzil Chowdhury – Northern Police Monitoring Project, Colette Williams – BlackLivesMatter Manchester, and supported by local poet Mark Mace Smith.

 £7/£5 concs.
Recommended age tbc

All proceeds from this event will be donated to the following organisations:





Black Gold Arts Festival [BGAF], is based in Manchester and showcases outstanding work from Black and minority ethnic artists in theatre and dance. Now in its second year, the festival will present a programme of work at Contact and STUN Studio [Sustained Theatre Up North] the first week of October 2016.

Black Gold Arts Festival |  6 October – 8 October, 2016

A celebration of northern black performance that aims to change the face of theatre. Bringing together established and emerging black, Asian, and minority ethnic (BAME) artists from dance, theatre, and live and performance art, with new work, critically acclaimed pieces, and some stuff just for fun.

A new force, led by artists, working for artists. For more information please contact: blackgoldarts@gmail.com |  bgafestival.com

Follow @BGAfestival for updates, news and opportunities!

Supported using public funding by Arts Council England.

Supported by STUN, Contact, Commonword, and Divergency.

Tuesday 14 June 2016 | 6.30 – 8.30pm | STUN Studio at Z-arts

Queen Njinga, set in the 17th century, tells the true story of the African Warrior Queen of Congo/Angola who fought a 40 year war against slavery. With bravery, perseverance and determination, Queen Njinga fought a long battle to gain the throne and to then lead her people in a fierce battle against the Portuguese army for national freedom.

“a well-made, action-packed historical film”

“a quite remarkable story, and I’m happy that today’s Angola  made a very nice / high quality film to tell it.”

Recommended age 18+

Download the press release


Friday 17 June | 7:30pm | STUN Studio at Z-arts
**includes post show discussion**

Phina Oruche is having an identity crisis.

Best known for her role as aloof supermodel Liberty Baker in ITV1 drama Footballers’ Wives, Phina, now in her 40s, has started to question who she really is.

Spending more than two decades of her life taking on other people’s identities – first as a New York fashion model and later as an award-winning TV actress – has taken its toll.
Her new one-woman show, Identity Crisis, was written as part of her Masters degree and although it is based upon her own life story, it explores identity struggles that are common to all of us.

Through its low-key staging, the show provides a perfect vehicle for Phina’s larger than life characterisations. From Amy Tan, a working class white girl with a Scouse brow and a taste for spray tans and black lads to Antonio de Silva, a football crazy Italian living in LA who misses his mum, Phina brings a colourful cast of eight characters to life, all of whom are having their own identity crises.

The tale begins with the real life story of the sudden death of Phina’s 19-year-old niece in her house in 2011 and the ensuing press intrusion.

Phina said: “After years of identity struggles, writing this show has given me the freedom to play characters I would never get cast as…”

Audience Feedback:
“A stunning bravura virtuoso debut…”
“…as good as anyone I have ever seen on screen or stage…”


Z-arts, 335 Stretford Road, Hulme, Manchester M15 5ZA
0161 232 6089

Recommended age 14+

Hear Phina talk about the show on BBC Radio Derby

Nubian Times preview

Twitter: @PhinaOru

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Panel Discussion and Q & A | Sun 28 Feb | 6pm

On the same day as the Academy Awards ceremony is due to take place in the United States, this event will debate the #OscarsSoWhite controversy with a discussion panel of actors, distributors and directors.

OscarsSoWhite is a free event, Sunday 28th February 6pm, at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Chorlton Mill, 3 Cambridge St, Manchester M1 5BY

The Fade to Black Film Festival organisation will offer a discussion about the recent criticism of a lack of diversity in mainstream TV and Film industry. #Oscarsowhite became a trending topic after Jada Pinkett Smith and Spike Lee said they wouldn’t attend this year’s Oscars due to the absence of diversity in the awards nominees. Through some teasers and fragments of films that weren’t nominated in the Oscars we will explore what was missed and we will discuss why it was missed.

This controversy has found its mirror image issue in the UK industry with Black and Ethnic minority artists with significant numbers having to travel to the States to find work. Of this, Fade to Black artistic director Lwimbo Kunda said, ‘Its interesting that while its not uncommon to see Black British acting talent on television and film, you’re as likely to see them in American productions. That’s not always for positive reasons.’

Kinofilm Festival is back for its 13th edition thanks to support from faithful cultural and venue partners and a truly dedicated Festival Team. The Festival Team is delighted to have the opportunity to put forward this panel discussion in collaboration with Fade to Black Film Festival to present, analyse and discuss the structural barriers for Black contemporary film production and distribution in the UK and abroad.

Fade to Black is Manchester’s only Black Film Club specialising in Black Films. It is a partnership between The Mbari Group and Sustained Theatre Up North



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Saturday 12 March 2016 | 7:30pm | Z-arts

Immerse yourself in the majesty, passion and music of West Africa in this epic story of Mali.

Discover a royal family, torn apart by jealousy, plots and exile and a prophecy which hinges on the most reviled woman in the kingdom. Can her child bring the kingdoms of West Africa together?

Jan Blake, one of the world’s best-loved storytellers, together with two exceptional West African musicians, Kouame Sereba and Raymond Sereba, share a rarely told version of The Birth of Sundiata Keita, the visionary leader of the great Malian Empire. Songs of the Gban people, guitars, Nordic flutes, djembe drums and kalimbas and the extraordinary dodo mouth bow, cradle the story in an evocative soundscape.

The Old Woman, The Buffalo and The Lion of Manding is produced by Adverse Camber productions, one of the UK’s most celebrated storytelling companies. This tale reaches across the centuries, from its origins in 13th Century Africa to the recent conflicts of our own time when its telling was forbidden.  Enjoy a performance that is by turns delicate, dramatic, moving and truly uplifting; an epic tale of love, courage, faith and strength that has been told in Mali for many hundreds of years.

“An utterly compelling and passionate piece, with a voice and rhythm all of its own”
Festival at the Edge Storytelling Festival

“A rare and unique performance”
The Crick Crack Club

Running time: 2 hours 20 mins, including interval

(£10 / £8)
Z-arts, 335 Stretford Road, Hulme, Manchester M15 5ZA
0161 232 6089

Ticket Offer
Two for One ticket offer available both online and by calling the box office. When booking online, simply select your tickets and it will automatically deduct the cost of one ticket.

Recommended age 14+


Friday 12 February 2016 | 5.30pm | STUN Studio at Z-arts

Dating and the concept of love has changed so much over the last decade or so. Go back 50 years the man had to make the first move. But now dating is a commercial enterprise and a powerful emotional minefield. Online dating and social networking are the norm with the rise of dating websites and apps, like e-Harmony, Match.com, and of course, Tinder.

This no-holds-barred documentary from leading multi award winning British filmmaker Menelik Shabazz combines frank, intimate and humorous interviews alongside carnival footage and spoken word to explore modern relationships. The film focuses on the UK’s Black British community as a microcosm of British society. Individuals, groups, psychologists and comedians consider love, sex, intimacy and forgiveness

“Menelik Shabazz’s exploration of relationships in the UK’s black British community is laidback and likable” – The Guardian


Recommended age 18+

– Introduction by film maker Menelik Shabazz
6pm to 8pmLooking for Love (Approx running time 117 minutes)
8pm – Q&A
8.45pm – Fade to Black


Are you a BAME director/practitioner with an interest in becoming an Artistic Director of a producing theatre building?

If the answer is YES, then join Iain Bloomfield (Head of Arts and Artistic Director Theatre in the Mill), Javaad Alipoor (Artistic Director of Northern Lines) and Simeilia Hodge-Dallaway (Founder/Artistic Director of Artistic Directors of the Future) at the Artistic Directors of the Future development session at Theatre of the Mill.

The session will focus on pathways in becoming an Artistic Director, as well as the artistic development implemented at Theatre in the Mill, to demonstrate how this process provides a strong relationship with audiences.

This is a fun, informative and practical development session, set in a safe and informal environment to encourage discussion, brain-storming and networking.

At:  Theatre in the Mill, Off Shearbridge Road, Bradford, BD7 1NX
On: Tuesday 2 February 2016, 2-5pm.
Tickets: This is a free event but booking is essential –  BOOK NOW

For further information about Theatre in the Mill
, call 01274 233200 or email theatre@bradford.ac.uk

About Artistic Directors of the Future

Artistic Directors of the Future is dedicated to increasing the number of BAME Artistic Directors in mainstream producing theatres across the UK. With the support of the Bush Theatre, Theatre Royal Stratford East, Young Vic Theatre and the Regional Theatre Young Directors Scheme, we aim to support, nurture and promote the existing pool of talented, culturally diverse theatre directors in the UK.

This initiative has been well received by many arts organisations including: Arts Council England, Theatre in the Mill, Royal Exchange Manchester, Curve Theatre, Royal Court Theatre, Donmar Warehouse, Bush Theatre, Lyric Hammersmith, Unicorn Theatre, Theatre Royal Stratford East and the Young Vic Theatre.

www.adofthefuture.com / @adofthefuture

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FADE TO BLACK & STUN Invite you to come and celebrate the 20th Anniversary film release of the 1995 box office sensation WAITING TO EXHALE, based on the Terry McMillan novel of the same name.

Reacquaint yourself with Savannah, Bernadine, Gloria and Robin as they navigate through their careers, family and romance…

WAITING TO EXHALE is an all African American cast (well apart from you know who!) and follows how four friends bond over the shortcomings in their love lives — namely, the scarcity of good men, relationships with married men, betrayal of an affair, divorce, but also the joy of finding new love… remember the scene when Gloria first meets Marvin and sashays her cute self across the road and says with the naughtiest grin, “Ooh, I hope he’s not still watching…he’s still watching.”

Friday 11 Dec | 18:30 | STUN Studio at Z-arts, M15 5ZA | £5
*includes buffet & bubbly*

Friday 4 December, 11.30am – 2pm
STUN Studio at Z-arts, 335 Stretford Road, M15 5ZA


Benji Reid and Sustained Theatre Up North (STUN) invite you to a rare critical dialogue,
A Question of Black Physical Theatre & Dance.

Over the past 30 years Black Physical Theatre & Dance has been delivered through the vision and politics of some of the world’s most interesting theatre makers, such as Denise Wong, Amani Naphtali, and Benji Reid. Whilst some archives exist, less has been documented about what one might call the engineering behind the art form, namely the energies and ideas motivating works in the Black Theatre & Dance canon such as Ragamuffin and Super Heroes.

Does a distinctive art form exist that is sufficiently unique and nuanced to be called Black Physical Theatre or Dance? What are its processes and products? Who are its champions and challengers?

Speakers include leading physical theatre practitioner Benji Reid; founder of the influential Black Mime Woman’s Trope, Denise Wong; and dramatist, writer (Ragamuffin), director and film maker Amani Naphtali. There will also be a film screening featuring artists Juliet Ellis, Amani Naphtali, Victor Romero, Robert Hilton, Diane Morgan (Nitro), Vicki Amedume (UpSwing), DeCypher (Auden Allen), and a live performance-in-progress by Michelle Scally Clarke, STUN’s Appetite commissioned artist.

11.30am Welcome: Garfield Allen, STUN
11.45 – 12.00pm Starter, Discussion: Masterclass
12.00 – 12.10pm Speaker, Benji Reid: Background to the project
12.10 – 12.30pm Performance-in-progress: Michelle Scally Clarke
12.30 – 12.45pm Round Table discussion
12.45 – 12.55pm Speaker: Denise Wong – Black Mime
12.55 – 1.15pm 
Round Table discussion
1.15 – 1.30pm Film screening
1.30 – 1.40pm Speaker: Amani Naphtali
1.40 – 2pm Round Table discussion
2pm Conclusion and Networking

Speaker Biographies
Benji Reid | benjireid.com | @benjireid
Benji Reid is a singular talent. His vision as Performer and Creative Director has made him an Award Winning and senior contributor to the Black Physical Theatre canon over the last 30 years. Having produced & performed over 30 cultural works for leading international cultural institutions led by The National Theatre, Birmingham Rep, PS122 (New York), + Sydney Opera House, Reid is without a doubt one of the most compelling cultural makers in contemporary British theatre.

“It’s director Benji Reid’s choreography and stage-pictures that are the real stars here. Inspired seemingly by everything from basketball itself to computer games, slow-motion replays, via architecture, geometry, and probably some abstruse sport theory of which I know nothing”.  – Andrew Haydon, Theatre Critic

Amani Naphtali | @Brixton_inc
Amani Naphtali is a trained dramatist, writer, director and filmmaker.  He was the founder member and Director of the groundbreaking Double Edge Theatre co and is currently Artistic Director of Brixton Inclusive. He is a dedicated exponent of the African Ritualistic genre and a pioneer of Multi Genre interdisciplinary practice. He has directed musicals, films and dance productions.

His plays include The Remnant, Valley of the Blind, Song of Songs, a multi art form, rap musical inspired by the Last Poets entitled Vibes from the Scribes and The Word Temple, a visionary performance piece inspired by Poetic Spoken Word. He also wrote and directed the experimental film, The Black Bohemians (1990) and a fiction film Circles of Fire (1997) which opened at The British Short Film Festival. His productions also include Ragamuffin (1988) Oval House, (1990) Hackney Empire (2002) Contact, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Theatre Royal Stratford East and The Birmingham Rep. Ragamuffin was one of the 80’s / 90’s most successful and groundbreaking theatre productions.

Denise Wong
Denise Wong joined Black Mime Theatre Company when it was founded in 1984, becoming Director in 1986. She directed all 16 of the theatre’s productions between then and 1997, including Mourning Song, Forgotten Heroes, E.D.R. and HEART. In 1990, she formed the Black Mime Women’s Troupe. She was instrumental in presenting notions of a Black British Mime Aesthetic. She has run the Streets Alive company since June 2001, directing the plays of the Main Company, and co-directing with Pippa Bailey The Little Match Girl, a site specific piece using pyrotechniques created by the World Famous.

Other work by Denise includes directing Driving Force for Union Dance Company and for Adzido Pan African Dance Ensemble, Oya’s Choice in 1994, Thand ‘Abantwana in 1995 and Shango The God of Thunder in 1996. Before moving on to Streets Alive, Denise was Trainee Associate Director at Birmingham Repertory Theatre.

Live performance-in-progress: Michelle Scally Clarke / Appetite Commission
Michelle Scally-Clarke is a Leeds-born writer and performer. She is a published poet with two novels I Am and She Is currently in print. Michelle has performed with some of the UK’s most recognised poets such as Linton Kwesi Johnson, Benjamin Zephaniah, Lemn Sissay and Simon Armitage, and has toured as a solo performer throughout the UK and internationally including America, Europe, Jamaica and the Cayman Islands. Michelle has also performed in theatre including productions Word Temple and Carnival Messiah in which she played the lead role Mama God.

Appetite was an open call for artists to respond viscerally, in ways that explore emotional and physical longing for an idea, place or thing, with a small commission and a week of mentoring with Benji Reid attached. This performance-in-progress is the result.

A Question of Black Physical Theatre
brings together a creative team led by Benji Reid and Sustained Theatre Up North (STUN) to offer a selection of opportunities.

Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.


Friday 27 November 2pm – 5pm

STUN Studio at Z-arts, 335 Stretford Road, M15 5ZA

Ages 16+


For five full days a small group of artists have been playing, learning and exploring with leading physical theatre practitioner Benji Reid. This is your opportunity to share the results of this process in a free afternoon of showing and feedback.


Participating artists

Chanje Kunda | chanjekunda.com | @ChanjeKunda
Manchester based poet, writer and performance artist Chanje Kunda performs nationally and internationally. As a poet she has played alongside some of the most influential modern poets including Benjamin Zephaniah and Linton Kwesi Johnson. Chanje was most recently at STUN Studio at Z-arts with ‘Amsterdam’, and is currently under commission to BBC Radio 3.

Tania Camara | tcamara1994.wix.com/taniacamara | @TaniaCamara2

Born in Lisbon, Portugal and currently a resident of Manchester, United Kingdom, Tania Camara creates work that challenges the concept of nationality, belonging and the black performing body. A graduate of the University of Chichester, her practice focuses on nationalism, patriarchy, double consciousness, memory, interaction, identity and communication, and international relations.

Debbie Bandara | debbiebandara.com | @Dabrhythm

Debbie is a professional dancer, choreographer and dance teacher working in the North West. Her choreography for performances and festivals are based on a variety of different styles ranging from Indian and African to Contemporary and hip-hop. A graduate from the Royal Academy of Dance, her work has been seen at Riverside Arts Theatre, Waterside Arts Theatre, Contact, Night and Day, Nantwich Arts Festival, Unity Theatre, One World Festival and Oily Cart to name a few.

Adam John Roberts | adamrob1.wix.com/adamjohnroberts
A graduate from Liverpool John Moores University, Adam has performed in various contexts including on the BBC showcase with Strictly Come Dancing, the Backstreet Boys, and 12 Degrees North, and also participated in other projects with Cheshire Dance, Tmesis Theatre and DanceXchange. Following his MA, Adam wants to co-found an autism-specific integrated dance performance company which also offers performance opportunities, dance training and careers advice to autistic dancers.

More Information: A Question of Black Physical Theatre

Over the past 30 years Black Physical Theatre has been delivered through the vision and politics of some of the world’s most interesting theatre makers, such as Denise Wong, Amani Napthali, and Benji Reid. Whilst many of these archives have been chronicled there has been very little documented about what one might call the engineering behind the art form, namely the energies and ideas motivating works in the Black Theatre canon such as ‘Ragamuffin’ and ‘Super Heroes’.
– Is there a distinctive art form that is sufficiently unique and nuanced to be called Black Physical Theatre?
– What are its processes and products?
– Who are its champions and challengers?

A Question of Black Physical Theatre brings together a creative team led by Benji Reid and Sustained Theatre Up North (STUN) to offer a selection of opportunities.

Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

**Last minute spaces now available – deadline to apply 12 noon Thursday 19 November**


If you are an artist living or working in the North West, there are two spaces available on a masterclass with Benji Reid, taking place at STUN Studio (at Z-arts, Manchester M15 5ZA) Monday 23 – Friday 27 November, 10am – 5pm each day.

This is a unique opportunity to work in a small group with leading physical theatre practitioner Benji Reid, offering you a chance to:
– share specific challenges in your artistic journey
– benefit from coaching from your peers
– work on and explore issues that are directly relevant to you.

The week will culminate in a small public sharing at 2pm on Friday 27 November, with feedback and discussion.

To apply please send us (*you can apply as an individual or as part of a group):
– A short summary of what you’d like to explore (max 200 words)
– an up-to-date CV
– any images or weblinks that feature your work.

Applications should be sent to Benji Reid, c/o info@hybridconsulting.org.uk, by 12 noon on Thursday 19 November.


Workshop Sharing:
Friday 27 November 2pm
STUN Studio at Z-arts

Artists and audiences are invited to join us for a small public sharing and feedback of the week-long Benji Reid masterclass.


More Information: A Question of Black Physical Theatre
Over the past 30 years Black Physical Theatre has been delivered through the vision and politics of some of the world’s most interesting theatre makers, such as Denise Wong, Amani Napthali, and Benji Reid. Whilst many of these archives have been chronicled there has been very little documented about what one might call the engineering behind the art form, namely the energies and ideas motivating works in the Black Theatre canon such as ‘Ragamuffin’ and ‘Super Heroes’.

– Is there a distinctive art form that is sufficiently unique and nuanced to be called Black Physical Theatre?
– What are its processes and products?
– Who are its champions and challengers?

A Question of Black Physical Theatre brings together a creative team led by Benji Reid and Sustained Theatre Up North (STUN) to offer a selection of opportunities.

Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.


Remember the dead and they live forever.

CINEMA is a new theatrical experience that explores the human and political aftermath of the Cinema Rex Fire in Abadan, Iran in 1978.

Performed and created by UK based Iranian artist, Nazli Tabatabai-Khatambakhsh, the play remembers the lives and people behind the numbers and the news stories. It was an event that changed Iran’s political course, and would lead to the revolution of 1979.

CINEMA is tender and explosive, interwoven with an original score, potent projections and delicious language.


ZENDEH creates award-winning, unforgettable theatre that connects the personal with the political.

After each show there will be a brief post-show discussion, we would love it if you would join us.

STUN @ Z-Arts

6 – 9 October, 7.30pm

10 October, 2pm

BSL Performance: 9 October

Tickets: £10 / £6 concs



We would like to invite you to our first Black Gold Arts Festival, celebrating the success of culturally diverse performances developed in partnership with Sustained Theatre Up North [STUN].

Black Gold Arts Festival features recent work by black artists from the North developed through Manchester’s Sustained Theatre Up North’s STUN Studio and produced around the city. All the shows are tour-ready, have been enthusiastically received by audiences and critics alike, and have strong workshop and engagement packages.


BGAF_LOGO_B_WManchester is rich in culturally diverse performing arts talent, and STUN has been increasingly important in making sure that talent has the space to experiment and thrive. Besides celebrating this, we also want to support and to bring new BAME talent forward. So we want to throw a big arts party festival with just a sample of our awards-nominated and award-winning artists, and a seed commission for a culturally diverse newcomer.
To give folks even more reason to celebrate, we’d like to announce a £2,000 commission for a new work by a BAME Northern performance practitioner.For our first Black Gold Arts Festival, we have shows by four outstanding Mancunians:
For our first Black Gold Arts Festival, we have shows by four outstanding Mancunians: 


BOL_POSTER_3_copyBody of Light, by Darren Pritchard [Marcel Lenormand, Designer]

Light meets bodies in motion, all using a Kinect: Dance made both beautiful and accessible to everybody.


Tickets – www.z-arts.org/events/body-of-light





Alaska, by Cheryl Martin [Dir. Darren Pritchard] CHERLY_FLYER

Tells the story of a black perimenopausal lesbian’s descent into suicidal depression and her emergence from it.

“It is a devastatingly beautiful show, poetic narrative and heart achingly profound… people should go” Audience Member

Cheryl has won Manchester Evening News Theatre Awards as both writer [ Best Community Production,Heart and Soul, Oldham Coliseum] and director [Best Studio Production, Iron by Rona Munro, Working Girls/Contact], an Edinburgh Fringe First as co-director and producer of Traverse Theatre’s Breakfast Series The World Is Too Much, and this year a Lloyd’s Bank regional award for the immersive play she directed for Community Arts Northwest,Rule 35, and longlisted for the Polari Book Prize for her collection of poems, Alaska[Crocus/Commonword], the inspiration for this play


Tickets – www.z-arts.org/events/alaska


CHANJE_FLYERAmsterdam, by Chanje Kunda [Dir. Juliet Ellis, Movement Darren Pritchard]

Fusing spoken word, physicality and music, Amsterdam is a high-powered, supermodern 21st-century play of love and lust.

Seduced by the attractions of the city and a charming Surinamese man she met on holiday, Chanje embarks on a voyage into the unknown. What will be her fate?
Chanje Kunda is a poet, playwright and performance artist. Based in Manchester, she performs nationally and internationally. This show, Amsterdam, was nominated for Best Studio Production by the Manchester Theatre Awards after a national tour and rave reviews.


Tickets – http://www.z-arts.org/events/amsterdam


I Wish I Had A Moustache, by Keisha Thompson

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Movement Darren Pritchard]

Can you be a modern-day feminist and also feel the immemorial need to shave your legs? How much are we willing to consciously change about ourselves before the soul disowns us?

Young Identity’s Keisha Thompson will go on a comedic, at times disturbing, journey to find out if she has a problem with her gender, her culture, or just herself, in her debut solo show.


Tickets – www.z-arts.org/events/i-wish-i-had-a-moustache/

BReidOver the past 30 years Black Physical Theatre has been delivered through the vision and politics of some of the world’s most interesting theatre makers, such as Denise Wong, Amani Napthali, and Benji Reid. Whilst many of these archives have been chronicled there has been very little documented about what one might call the engineering behind the art form, namely the energies and ideas motivating works in the Black Theatre cannon such as ‘Ragamuffin’ and ‘Super Heroes’.  Is there a distinctive art form that is sufficiently unique and nuanced to be called Black Physical Theatre? What are its processes and products? Who are its champions and challengers?


‘A Question of Black Physical Theatre’ brings together a creative team led by Benji Reid and Sustained Theatre Up North (STUN) to offer a selection of opportunities.  It is an Arts Council England supported project.


Week long master-class with Benji Reid: for emerging artists, up to 5 people

Please note: This opportunity is open to artist’s living/ working in the North West only

This master-class will encourage individual artists to share specific challenges in their artistic journeys and benefit from coaching from their peers.  This will be a unique opportunity for a small group of emerging artists to work with Benji Reid, a leading practitioner in physical theatre. Over a week, artists will be given the opportunity to work on issues that are directly relevant to them, exploring these in a small team.

This week runs from Monday the 23rd till Friday the 27th November and takes place at the STUN Studio’s at Z-Arts in Manchester (http://www.z-arts.org).

Following this, artists will connect with a small audience to strike up a two way conversation about the work, what it says and what it means. This critical dialogue will take place on Friday 4th December, and will involve a discussion on the process and the inspiration behind the programme.  The final showing of work produced by STUN, with Benji Reid, will take place at Manchester’s the STUN studio’s, Z Arts.


To apply, (*you can apply as an individual or as part of a group) please send us:  

  • An up to date CV
  • Any images/ CD/ website that features your work


 ‘Appetite’, Small Commission for a mid career artist to work with Benji Reid

A commission for an artist to create a new piece of work that will be presented to an audience as part of a work-in-progress piece.  The theme is ‘Appetite’ and artists are asked to respond viscerally, in ways that explore emotional and physical longing for an idea, place or thing.

Applicants should pick upon something autobiographical – for example, the wish to appease a need, desire or inclination. We are looking for an artist who is able to explore their physical and emotional selves in ways which stretch their imagination – as well as those around them – to produce new experiences for audiences. The work should seek to transform thinking around an idea, using the experience of physical narrative storytelling. The artist may come from a background of dance, sports, theatre or live art, or a combination of all of these.

The successful artist will be required to contribute to a video diary. Artists will be required to work independently and spend a week working intensively with director Benji Reid.  This week has been scheduled and will run from Monday the 30th November to Friday the 4th December.  The sessions will take place at the STUN Studios, Z-Arts in Manchester.

The final day, Friday, will be an opportunity to share the work with an invited audience of up to 50 guests, this will take the form of a critical dialogue, performance led session.

There is a budget of £875


How to apply

Please send us the following information:

  • An outline of how you would respond (max 500 words)
  • A loose budget
  • An up to date CV
  • Images/ CD/ website featuring your work


The Deadline for both opportunities 9am, Tuesday 6th October

TO:  Benji Reid, C/O 27-29 Saint Mary’s Row, Moseley, Birmingham, B13 8JT  

E: c/o info@hybridconsulting.org.uk

Community Arts North West and Filmonik invite you to First Person, a screening of powerful and surprising digital portraits created by 16 artists over 5 days. The event will take place at The Wonder Inn, one of the most exciting new arts & events spaces to pop up in the centre of Manchester.

First Person is the culmination of a week-long collaborative filmmaking event, using Filmonik’s intensive, part jam, part creative boot-camp, filmmaking methods. Participants have a short, set amount of time to write, direct, edit and screen films publicly. Collaboration is key.

Celebrate the longest day of the year with a vegetarian solstice Sunday dinner at 2pm, followed by the film screening at 3pm. All welcome, no booking required.

Sunday 21 June 2015
2-5pm, The Wonder Inn
29 Shudehill, Manchester M4 2AF

First Person is proud to be part of Refugee Week, a UK-wide programme of arts, cultural and educational activities that celebrate the contribution of refugees to the UK.

For more information email Sara
@comartsnw  #firstperson

For more information about Filmonik http://filmonikweb.blogspot.co.uk/
For more information about The Wonder Inn http://www.thewonderinn.co.uk/

First Person event flyer

Matilda and Me Publicity PhotoPresented by Word of Warning, Divergency + Sustained Theatre Up North

Ria Hartley – Matilda and Me

“Matilda is my Grandma.She migrated from Jamaica to England in 1962.Now all of her memories have faded.I need to remember for her, for me, for us…”


Weaving together storytelling, spoken word, dubpoetry, live art, autobiography, and reggae music, this colourful and challenging performance offers a political viewpoint surrounding the lived experience of migration, colonialism, racism, and the current perception of British cultural identity. Performed solo, the piece is presented as a biographical mythology of Ria’s lived experiences, reflecting poetically on the story of her and her Grandma, and the 2 islands they are from. (read more…)

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Rule 35
Saturday 28 March
2pm / 3.30pm / 5pm

Community Arts North West and the Boaz Trust invite you to Rule 35, a new, provocative show taking you to the heart of the British detention system. Created and performed by refugee and asylum seeker women, many of whom have experienced detention. We invite you to live detention and make up your own mind.

To Book Tickets:


To Play Rule 35:

To interact with characters before the show through social media sign up at:

You must be 16+ to play

For More Information:


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NPMP logov2 The Northern Police Monitoring Project is working in partnership with Netpol to deliver Community Monitoring training.

What is Community Monitoring?

Community Monitoring is a model of community organising that seeks to deter police harassment or misconduct by monitoring the police and providing independent rights information and support to communities. Community Monitors work on the ground, in teams, acting as independent observers monitoring human rights and assisting individuals or groups to access redress.
The idea has been successfully piloted in the past two years in London and Birmingham in areas where reports of disproportionate or discriminatory police treatment are common – particularly against young people, people from black, Asian, minority ethnic, refugee or working class backgrounds.
The project will now be piloting in Manchester with the support of Northern Police Monitoring Project. (read more…)




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PandaProducing work for unusual spaces that take performance to the audience is increasingly popular and brings it’s own challenges and rewards.

This workshop will enable you to hear from a panel of people experienced in different aspects of this topic, discuss the unique issues around such work, your own experience, how to overcome some of the obstacles and share tips and ideas on all aspects of the making, promotion and presentation of work in/for non-traditional arts spaces.

1.30 – 4.30pm on Friday 31st October 

Manchester Central Library (read more…)

TCOLpos2It’s Freshers Week.

Naomie, a devout Christian wants to give her all to faith but is finding it difficult with Rochelle’s everlasting drama of finding Mr Right. Meanwhile Ladies man, Floyd just wants to enjoy university life to the fullest plus convert the nicest guy on campus, Tobias to do the same.

The Complications of Lust tells the story of four students entering university for the first time and how Lust can bring many different complications.

Written and directed by Solomon Spence, (Lost Property Bush TheatreFade to Black Stratford East) who only became a playwright by chance when he opted to write a play for his dissertation at university. He enjoyed the freedom and challenges it brought him and has never look back. (read more…)

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How would you describe yourself and what you do?

If I was to describe myself in five words I would say I am Trailblazing, Authentic, Creative, Compassionate & High-Spirited. I am not afraid to speak about taboo issues and spark debate. My work takes people on a journey that’s universal yet deeply personal, challenging yet compelling, entertaining, educational & empowering.

As well as being an accomplished actress & author, I am also an Empowerment Specialist  and motivational speaker with over 15 years’ experience of training other artists and working with vulnerable people, particularly young people who have poor emotional well-being, mental health and social difficulties.

I am really passionate about utilising the creative arts to help people break destructive cycles and move forward into the life they want and deserve.

As the founder of not-for-profit organisation ICU Transformational Arts, I deliver engaging arts programmes that help break destructive behaviour patterns, re-engage people in education/community and reduce risky behaviour.

Born and bred in Birmingham, I have been writing all my life. Published in numerous short story & poetry anthologies and academic journals, I have performed extensively throughout the Midlands and also internationally. I have also co-authored 18 books and written many plays on a wide range of topics.

Tell us a bit about your connection with STUN.

I have been a fan of STUN (Sustained Theatre Up North) for a long time and inspired by its tireless dedication to the growth of BAME Creatives across the UK.

As an organisation we are extremely passionate about bringing issues relevant to to BAME communities and artists into national focus, redress the balance and shake up the arts landscape.  We wanted to partnership with STUN to reach more diverse audiences across Manchester & beyond, particularly BAME communities.

What got you started?

I have been writing since I was a small child. I can honestly say that writing saved my life. I was one of only 3 black children at my primary school and I was brutally beaten by teachers and bullied by the pupils for being Black. Writing became the outlet that helped me deal with the many emotions I was feeling.

What was your big breakthrough?

Writing & performing Holy & Horny is without a doubt one of the most powerful experiences I’ve ever encountered. (read more…)

hab_logo_tw_160_160Emergency is our annual platform for live art + contemporary performance, featuring at least 25 short pieces of work over a day/evening in Manchester…

Staged for the first time entirely in the cavernous realms of Z-arts, our fifteenth Emergency takes place on Saturday 4 October 2014 (12noon-10pm) — a free micro-marathon of the bizarre + the beautiful popping up all over the building; primarily an adult event, from 3pm onwards we advise that work may not be suitable for under 18s. To get a feel for it see 2013’s programme + gallery.

Emergency is:
• a free, public micro-festival + open submission platform;
• an opportunity for artists to meet, show and peer-review work;
• a selection event for a number of small Works Ahead commissions to be developed + supported by hÅb.

Enquiries: emergency@habarts.org ¦ http://emergencymcr.org ¦ #EmergencyMcr

Emergency 2014 is presented by Word of Warning, STUN + Z-arts; produced by hÅb; supported using public funding through Arts Council England, funded by Manchester City Council, supported by STUN + Z-arts; a greenroom legacy project.

MayaAAs part of Black History Month and as a celebration of the life of Maya Angelou (4 April 1928 – 28 May 2014), we are holding two poetry workshops led by Commonword/Young Identity. Each workshop will last for one and a half hours, from 1-2:30 and from 3:00-4:30, and will use the work of Maya Angelou as inspiration for the creation of your own poetry. Workshop participants will be encouraged to share their work at the open mic session in the performance space later in the day.

The workshops will be held in the beautiful surroundings of the Chief Librarian’s Office, on the 3rd floor.

There are limited numbers for the workshops, so places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. If you have a preference for the first or second session please indicate this when booking your place. (read more…)

Grab a mobile device and join this live textural treasure hunt as part of Manchester Literature Festival by Maya Chowdhry, Michelle Green, Sarah Hymas and Helen Varley Jamieson

Tales from the TowpathDAILY: Explore hidden, lost and imagined lives of Manchester with a story that runs across rivers Irwell and Medlock, the Rochdale and Bridgewater canals, linking them to iconic Manchester venues such as The Royal Exchange, People’s History Museum and Midland Hotel.

New mythologies are created and (read more…)

AF&PlogoFundraising from trusts, foundations and statutory funders is essential in the arts sector.  Our Funders & Networks training will help improve your application-writing skills and increase your confidence in presenting your case to funders and donors.


“Looking at the possibilities with trusts and foundations, strategic funds and tender opportunities highlights how your organisation can grow but still remain true to its focus.  Having case studies to work from was really valuable.” 

Laura Sweeney, Lead Producer, Chisenhale Dance Space



Do you want to support environmental awareness and climate justice?   Maybe you also like world music, street culture or Afro-Brazilian Carnival?

We are inviting filmmakers, video artists or anyone with video clips or even photos to contribute some material that you think is relevant, and become a named artist for this exhibition. There are more details about the project atwww.metaceptive.net/chamada .  To contribute or collaborate, click HERE.

Get involved – invitation to collaborate:

Up to 6 filmmakers, digital artists or poets will be selected as ‘FEATURED ARTISTS’ whose material will become a part of the installation, and who will receive a full credit for the collaboration. We do not have any preference or limitation on what kind of video, images or poetry that can be included, except that any poetry should be short pieces because the installation will be built on a series of short rhythmic loops.

The artist, Kooj, wants to see what you suggest, which will help to drive the final work.  Some examples could be a clip of somebody speaking about their experience or views, or observations of environmental change, or of local pollution or of nature, or of activism by various groups, or you might have a video that you have made already.  Some of these ideas could be in the form of images, photos, audio or poetry. (read more…)

Diwali 2014 A4 Poster_aw_HR-page-001The finale to this year’s Dashehra Diwali celebrations in Manchester tells the thrilling story of a race against time. Loyal warrior Lakshman (brother of Lord Ram) is injured in battle – but can the monkey god Hanuman find the magic herb sanjeevani on Medicine Mountain and get back to the battlefield in time to save our hero before the sun rises? Storytelling, dance and special effects all feature in this immersive piece of outdoor theatre in the heart of city.

Saturday October 11th 2.30 – 8.30pm.

Albert Square and Town Hall, Manchester


Created by site specific outdoor performance companies Walk the Plank and Nutkhut, commissioned by Manchester Indian Association and supported by Arts Council England.

From: Deirdre Osborne

In the lead up to the MA Black British Writing 2015, 

Deirdre Osborne and Joan Anim-Addo would like to invite all interested students and staff to their continuing cultural programme, 

Black British Writers in Conversation’. 

We begin our evening with acclaimed authors

Bernardine Evaristo (Mr Loverman;Blonde Roots) and Andrea Stuart (Sugar in the BloodThe Rose of Martinique).

WHERE – the George Wood Theatre

It is FREE and can be booked through:

Please see attached pdf for more details and any difficulties in booking, please contact Deirdre directly on:d.osborne@gold.ac.uk

Dr Deirdre Osborne

Senior Lecturer;

Convenor: MA Black British Writingwww.gold.ac.uk/pg/ma-black-british-writing


Associate Editor; Women’s Writing

(Taylor and Francis)


Equality and Diversity Officer GUCU;

Chair of Examinations, Drama and Theatre Arts degree and postgraduate programmes;


Goldsmiths, University of London

New Cross, London, SE14 6NW.

44 207 9197429 or 7414



Othello is transported from the backstreets of Venice to the back-stabbing boardrooms of Venezia FC.
Instead of being a General, Othello (George Oluyinka) is the first black manager of the club whilst new foreign signing Cassio enrages centre back Iago (Liam Grunshaw). Emila (Morag Peacock) becomes the club’s physio, and Bianca (Roisin McClusker) a wannabe WAG.


Shakespeare’s classic tragedy Othello gets a modern makeover from Lass Productions later this month.
This is the first piece from Lass Productions since the closure of the Lass O’Gowrie’s studio theatre in 2014.
Othello runs from 22 – 29 September at Manchester’s Gullivers in the Northern Quarter and you can view the Vimeo video trailer http://vimeo.com/m/101171520

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20 years on … theatre, dance, music and culture from the new South Africa


‘In 1994 a new nation was born. Since then, our artists have been showing the world that South Africa has stories to tell: stories that speak to the collective memory of who we are, that speak of life in South Africa today – stories that link us to the world.’


James Ngcobo – Artistic Director, Afrovibes


20 years on, Afrovibes celebrates the end of apartheid with a festival of contemporary award-winning South African productions, performances and screenings, alongside each venue’s Township Cafe: a lively meeting-place and the backdrop for a festival fringe of free events, exhibitions, late-night music and great South African-themed food.

(read more…)

Holy&Horny_2xA5pps_Pg1Back by popular demand, Holy & Horny is a “Hilarious, powerful and deeply moving” sell-out show that celebrates women’s sensuality and spirituality.

Written and Performed by Tonya Joy Bolton, this extraordinary play is a compelling story of love, longing and the ultimate betrayal.

In the production, Actress and Author Tonya Joy Bolton explores one woman’s struggle to remain holy despite being as horny as hell! She draws on a variety of artforms such as comedy, mime, physical theatre, song, poetry and drama.

Sheila, the frustrated Christian woman and her alter ego Eve, the sexually uninhibited poetess, are just two of the 20 characters played by Tonya. Brilliantly directed by Jon Trevor, this enthralling show follows Sheila’s amazing journey as she embarks on a set of disastrous dates which lead to unexpected life-changing consequences.

“This is a show that is honest and unflinching throughout. It is a powerful, moving and hilarious show that should not be missed.” Redbrick Magazine (read more…)

WhatNext-Postcardfrontweb-300x186What Next? Generation North West is an open group for anyone engaged or interested in arts and culture in anyway, in their early to mid career, voluntary, paid, freelance or part of a larger organisational team.
What Next? Gen is part of a national conversation called What Next? and the aim of the group is to come together and start a conversation about the value and impact of arts and culture in the UK and figure out ways of supporting theatre-makers, movers, audiences, participants and the public at large to talk about the value of arts.

Our next meeting is on 11th September, 7pm – 8.30pm at Contact, Manchester and Fiona Gasper from the What Next? North West chapter will be coming along to talk with us. (read more…)

Amsterdam by Chanje Kunda

Tour Begins October 3rd http://www.chanjekunda.com/tour-dates/


(read more…)

burjestaThis 11 week course will coincide with the centenary of the First World War. This course offers a series of workshops featuring the theatre, cinema, literature, poetry and painting from 1914 – 1918 and how art reflected the realities of a wartime Europe. The course will also include session on a
selection of scenes from an adaptation of All Quiet on The Western Front.

Run by WEA – course enrolment number is C3836667, course starts Tuesday 16th September at The Casa, Hope Street, Liverpool, 7pm to 9pm.  Course costs £36 for 11 weeks or free for those entitled.

Enrol online at www.nw.wea.org.uk  or by telephoning 0151 243 5340

Contact: Mikyla Durkan info@burjesta-theatre.co.uk

IMG_5731DivergencyMcr was a two week residency which worked with artists from diverse backgrounds already working with live work. The project looked at data, hosted workshops and explored the nature of live art for diverse artists.

The project was chronicled on the DivergencyMcr blog.

Below is an extract of one of those sessions.


LIVE ART from AlbinoMosquito on Vimeo.


This thrilling and exciting production by URBAN conceptz Theatre, explodes onto stage this autumn, bringing forth a beautiful fusion of movement, theatre and stunning media visuals.

This commanding company merge diverse movement, challenging theatrics and stimulating physicality which is seamlessly unified alongside intricate digital projection, beautifully structured soundscapes and a web of scaffolding and structures that immerse the audience into an adrenaline-fueled marvel, that dives, hangs and swings around the social turmoil of freedom and freewill.

Where will your fight for freedom take you?

Date: Thursday September 18th

Time: 7.30pm – 9.30pm (read more…)

stay-clear-e1353412436161The Virtual Incubator has been commissioned by STAY for the development and/or support of up to a maximum of 16 new or established creative businesses across Yorkshire.



This Programme Consists of Four Steps

Step 1

Fill out the relevant online application form:

Step 2

Your application will first be assessed by the Executive Director of STAY as the funder of the programme who will determine your suitability for this programme.

The Chief Executive of CidaCo will then be asked to assess your application from a business perspective, to ensure that CidaCo is likely to be able to help you

Step 3

You will be invited to a 1:1 diagnostic session, lasting about one hour, with your CidaCo Mentor who will make the final decision about inviting you on to the programme.

Step 4

If you are successful, your CidaCo Mentor will agree a programme with you alongside a mutually designed Mentoring Agreement. (read more…)

LISAPO – The Congolese Tales

For one night only – Live, at Band on the Wall on Saturday 28 June, 7pm.

Click here to buy tickets from the Band on the Wall box office

LISAPO in Lingala means ‘tale’ and is the time to sit, listen and hear.

LISAPO – The Congolese Tales tells the powerful story of Congolese migration to Britain through music oratory; featuring song, spoken word, moving image, theatre and dance.

This special performance has been created through a participatory arts heritage project with Music Director, Tyndale Thomas MBE; Libretto and Direction by Cheryl Martin; Vocal Leader, Emmanuela Macholi Yogolelo; Drum Maestro, Pat Mackman and Moving Image by Gary Stewart and Leah Llewellyn.

Featuring special guests Les Sapeur Congolais – the very elegant persons of DR Congo.

This performance is inspired by 29 oral histories from the Greater Manchester Congolese community who has been migrating to Britain since the late 1980s as a result of the destabilisation of the country and consequent civil war. Recorded in 2013, they now form a permanent public record.

Tickets are limited and booking up fast. Don’t miss this unique celebration of Congolese culture and heritage! (read more…)

Our Choice Their Chance

Fri 30 & Sat 31 May 2014
4.30pm & 7pm
(There are two separate performances each evening, each lasting approximately 1 hour)

£5/£3 concessions
Age guidance: 12+
Click here to buy tickets

Are you ready to choose or will you leave things to chance?

Welcome to the Gallery of Decisions, a space where we make the decisions that affect the course of our lives… Do we give in to peer pressure or keep our principles?… Go for that new piercing?… Shower or bath?… Pepsi or Coke?????

Join us as we move, improvise, rap and body-pop through a tombola of outcomes; a random raffle of live performance and digital wizardry, shuffled and dealt out by an exciting new group of diverse young artists.
Will you choose to join us?

Our Choice Their Chance is produced by Community Arts North West (CAN), a Manchester-based arts organisation working with urban communities from Greater Manchester to create access to cultural production. (read more…)

ccn_webversionSTUN and hAb have been commissioned to run one of four short Creative Case residencies. The recent announcement was welcomed by both organisations who have immediately started the work.

Of the commission, the project managers said (read more…)

SelinaParticipate in a Workshop with artist Selina Thompson at STUN Studio on Monday 9th June 5.30 (for 6) – 9pm.

Selina Thompson is an artist and performer based in Leeds. Her work is playful, participatory and intimate, focused on the politics of identity, and how this defines our bodies, lives and environments. Her recent work includes Dark and Lovely – storytelling from within a giant tumbleweave tent; It Burns It All Clean a commission for West Yorkshire Playhouse’s Transform Festival and Chewing The Fat, coming to Manchester in Autumn 2014.

Of this workshop she says:

I want to spend a couple of hours working with people on the importance of bringing their own authentic voice and stories, to the work they make. I feel that our lived experience, our thoughts, dreams and fears bring something truly unique and sincere to the work that we make: but that it can be quite scary doing that in a performance context, so it’s important to invest time and energy into nurturing our capacity to do that, and to keep things as ‘real’ – and in some cases unpolished – as we can. So we’re going to be doing exercises, (writing, performing, some where we’re just imagining and plotting things together), to help you feel more confident in bringing your voice, and your heart to your work: in a way that allows you to connect with your audience but doesn’t leave you feeling exposed.
We’re also going to devote some time to the very serious business of being silly
It’s important

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For info/queries contact: afreena@habarts.org

worksaheadWorks Ahead on either Thu 8 or Fri 9 May, 7.30pm at Contact

Three new shows about being on stage.
Three new works in development by young local artists

The houselights dim, the audience goes quiet – and there you are… transfixed in a spotlight…

Lindsay Bennett | Exit Smiling
In life, as on stage, Lindsay knows the importance of the grand entrance and the dramatic exit… but is everything in the middle just a show? And who, exactly, is she playing?
Paul O’Donnell | Nothing!
Paul needs adoration, approval and, above all, applause. You WILL clap, you WILL cheer… no, really, you WILL.
SheepKnuckle | Echo
SheepKnuckle are two young men going to extraordinary lengths to avoid being on a stage… so what exactly are they doing here?

We have a limited number of free tickets for STUN members, sign up here and we’ll even buy you a drink*

*a beer, a glass of wine or a soft drink

horaceA legendary voice in reggae history, Jamaican roots legend and Massive Attack collaborator Horace Andy returns to Band on the Wall with long-time band Dub Asante ft. Matic Horns.

Possessing what must be one of reggae’s most beautiful voices, (read more…)

my name is | tamashaBy Sudha Bhuchar
Directed by Philip Osment

30 April – 24 May
Arcola Theatre, Dalston, London, E8 3DL
Book here >
29th – 31st May
Tron Theatre, Glasgow, G1 5HB
Book here >

A captivating new play about love, family and ever-shifting identities

My Name is… tells the story (read more…)

WearMyHairI am a woman. I am black. I am a strong black woman… am I?  What does it mean to be a strong woman?

10 APR 2014, 9.30pm

Rachael Young
 invites you to become lab partners and fellow researchers in her quest for an alternative female identity.  Rachael takes you on a satirical biography of her hair: natural to synthetic, straight to kinky and everywhere in between to discover her own identity and questioning the labels we give ourselves.

Rachael is writer and performer and Co-Artistic Director of  (read more…)

MarkBrownStudio_Poppy_logosSpring has arrived! Now Lets Go Global are inviting local people to venture outside and join us at Ordsall Hall, Salford on Wednesday 9 April, 2 – 4pm to plant their very own tweeting poppy.

This is a free, family friendly event that’s part of Poppy, a new digital arts project exploring a contemporary, conceptual view of the First World War Centenary. You can book a place on eventbrite: bigpoppyplant.eventbrite.co.uk, or (read more…)

of another world - avaes mohammadScraping his tired shadow off the platform, newly arrived ‘Jo’ stands underneath railway arches, expectantly. Dressed in an ill-fitting suit he carries his trunk, a five-pound note and a letter of promise from his long-time friend already settled here. Jo waits. Though the longer he waits, the less able he is to step out on his own and so remains waiting.

Contending with the suspicion (read more…)

war-poster-webWordsmith 2014 schools Poetry project looks set to be our most rewarding year to date.  Wordsmith has bought together four schools and two 6th form colleges for 10 weeks of intense researching, writing and rehearsing based on the theme of War to coincide with the WW1 centenary.

Stuns new studio space will be the venue for our showcase, as well as young people’s poetry there will be (read more…)

The Husbands by Sharmila Chauhan Syreeta Kumar and Mark Theodore

Photo by Robert Day LR

A co-production with Pentabus Theatre
The Husbands
By Sharmila Chauhan

An explosive new play about love, jealousy and
a woman’s right to choose.

It’s Aya’s wedding day. (read more…)

Theatre of the Oppressed – WorkshopsTheatre of the Oppressed (TO) is a powerful and dynamic use of theatre used to examine and challenge abusive behaviour, first in the rehearsal room then in real life. Pioneered by Brazilian theatre maker, Augusto Boal TO has become a key approach to making theatre with people who are excluded from the mainstream of life.

Next Workshop 14-16 March 2014Theatre of the Oppressed – An introductory training weekend delivered at (read more…)

Cheryl Martin

Cheryl Martin © Ajamu

Cheryl Martin will also be in our STUN studio space in May rehearsing and developing a new work. She says “I’m walking in the air since learning that my project, ALASKA, has got funding from the Arts Council.  And I’m happy to be able to launch it in the STUN Studio on the 2nd of May. It’s really ambitious:  it’s the launch of my first solo poetry collection, Alaska, by Crocus Books / Commonword – both a physical book, with illustrations and a DVD of poetry films and animations – and an e-book with even more bells and whistles.  The book launch doubles as a sharing of a one-woman stage show based on the collection, directed by Darren Pritchard.  All backed up by a team including Maria Gabriella Ruban from partner Filmonik, Bethany Hermitt of Inna Voice doing the illustrations, and Tommy Ollerenshaw on animation.  Darren has mind-blowing ideas for the movement and experimental projection.  ALASKA, Friday 2nd May, 7:30, STUN Studio,. Tickets on sale soon.”

loose museLondon’s longest running women’s spoken word night returns to Manchester to celebrate the power of women’s writing as part of International Women’s Week.
At 3 Minute Theatre. Entrance £3.00
Doors open 19:30. Performances start at 8.00pm
The evening will feature a women-only open mic and 2 wonderful guest poets, Maya Chowdhry and Suzanne Batty:
Maya Chowdhry is (read more…)
hear me now 2014Community Arts North West is back for a third year with their epic Young Peoples Mixed Media Performing Arts Programme; offering an intensely creative 10 week programme of free workshops in Drama, Spoken Word, Mc-ing, Beat Boxing, Digital Arts and Dance for 12-18 year olds.

Come along to the Launch Day on Saturday 12th April 2014 from 11am-5pm at STUN Studio based at Z-arts. This will be followed up by further workshops which will take place every Thursday 17th April 2013 from 5-8pm. We will also (read more…)

pinocchioDate: Saturday 8 March, 1.30pm & 7pm

Tickets: £5 – £8

Location: Z-arts, Manchester

He’s Back!
Z-arts & Breaking Cylces Present
An urban fairy tale set in Moss Side.


“Enchanting from start to finish” – City Life

Award-winning director and choreographer Benji Reid joins Z-arts and writerMary Cooper to produce this fast, funny and magical show for all the family. A retelling of Carlo Collodi’s children’s classic like no other. (read more…)

Flying SoloDate: Sat 15 Mar, 6:30pm

Tickets: Free

Location: Contact Theatre, Manchester

Eight solo performers pitch to win mentoring support, rehearsal space and the opportunity to develop and perform their show at MC Theater in Amsterdam before bringing it back to Manchester for Flying Solo 2015. (read more…)

Gregory PorterDates: Monday 17th March 2014 at 8pm

Tickets: £26

Location: The Lowry Theatre, Salford Quays

Some critics are inspired to comment on Porter as a new “king’ of jazz,” and a “leader of the pack,” a performer of extraordinary presence who has been compared with the greatest of the greats, such as Joe Williams, Nat Cole, Donny Hathaway, and Marvin Gaye.  As musically solid as his recordings are and as powerful and honest as Porter’s magnificent voice is, it may just well be the brilliance of his poetry and the unguarded depth of his emotional delivery that is most fueling his rapid rise to fame.

GabrielleDates: Wednesday 12th March 2014 at 7pm

Tickets: £27 – £37

Location: Lowry Theatre, Salford Quays

Gabrielle, one of the UK’s most loved singer-songwriters, has announced a full UK headline tour for 2014. This tour follows on from the release of her new album ‘Now and Always – 20 Years Of Dreaming’ out now through Island Records. (read more…)

royal-exchange-logoDate: 20th February – 22nd March 2014

Tickets: Standard tickets from £14.50
Half Price Previews from £7.25
Banquette tickets: £10 

Location: The Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

From the novel by Virginia Woolf. Adaptation by Sarah Ruhl.

A magical comedy of time travel and gender swapping, with Suranne Jones

“Orlando is one of the strangest and most beautiful books ever written, and in this skilful and funny adaptation Virginia Wolf’s extraordinary story is brought to vibrant new life.” Max Webster, Director  (read more…)

Jonzi D

The pioneer of hip hop theatre presents an evening of live music, poetry, movement, politics and wit.

Jonzi D, the best known advocate of hip hop theatre in the UK and Artistic Director of Breakin Convention, presents a triple bill. Co-directed by Dawn Walton The Letter explores the responses to Jonzi being offered an MBE, using Jonzi’s own brand of (read more…)


We’re delighted to announce that the Breaking Cycles hit show Pinocchio is about to take to road again for two month tour of England, before return to the North West in March. The full list of tour dates is as (read more…)

BenjiExpress Yourself

Benji Reid – Masterclass

STUN is running a two hour masterclass lead by Benji Reid.  If you’re interested in developing your practice from conception to competition, utilising different theatre and physical techniques – then this is the masterclass for you.

  • Place:             STUN Studio,  Z-arts 335 Stretford Road, M15 5ZA
  • Date:               6th December 2013
  • Time:              2pm – 4pm
  • Price:              Free  16+
  • Contact:         STUN for booking a space on 07977 122 723 (spaces are limited)

Benji is currently the Artistic Director of Mars. (Manchester Artistic Research Studios).

Mars is a theatre-making program aimed (read more…)

Marcus ChristmasOnce upon a Christmas time there was a home full of warmth, laughter and mince pies.
Rella lives happily with her rich father, his new wife and her two daughters.
Until her father passes away and the riches disappear. Happiness is replaced with resentment, jealousy and loneliness.
This Christmas come hear three sides to this modern tale. Rella find strength when a huge secret is revealed.

Place: STUN Studio, Z-arts 335 Stretford Road, M15 5ZA
Date: 7th December
Time: 3pm
Price: £5 (no conc.) Contact Z-arts to book a ticket

Hercules Productions Christmas Showcase


Theatre Wed 27 – Sat 30 Nov. 7.30pm

at Watermans

Shahrukh Khan means different things to each of the three lodgers of Serene Cottage. Leading separate lives, these middle-aged women come together once a week for their ‘King of Bollywood’ fan club meetings, gathered around the DVD player held in the communal lounge of their suburban home. Until one day a young man appears (read more…)

the-hat-Factory-Wh-Hi-ResCall Out to Actors!, The Hat Factory, Luton

South East, London Closes Tuesday 26 November 2013 Paid (£10k-15k pro rata) Part time Artform: music, theatre   Contact: Oluwatoyin Odunsi oluwatoyin@vintagemisfits.co.uk

We will be doing a rehearsed reading of a new play called ‘Also By Mail’ by Olumide Popoola @ The Hat Factory on Thursday 5th December 2013.

Also by Mail

This play tells the tale of Nigerian/German history (read more…)

Chairs’ Update

We, at STUN have spent a considerable amount of time carefully planning our future. It is essential to STUN that our members are our top priority and that the financial decisions we make match our creative goals for the artists we will support through the artist cycle.

Miselo Kunda_5771email2Lets talk: –

Free Space


The launch (read more…)

8.STUN MASTER-1Blackpool STUN Road-Show – STUN

Greetings ………..

Over the last 6 months Sustained Theatre Up North, STUN, have been engaged in a series of Roadshows within the Northwest and on Wednesday 20th November we will be holding our final Roadshow in Blackpool and we are hoping that you will be available to present your work at this event.

This event will give you the opportunity to (read more…)

gina-yashere cropExclusive Interview with Gina Yeshere at Contact Theatre (read more…)
Silk Photography for Jazzie B, Caron Wheeler, Soul II SoulBand on the Wall and Senbla presented the legendary Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler and Jazzie B plus full live band at Manchester’s Ritz on 14th November 2013. They wowed the audience with their global hits that include Back To Life, Keep On Movin’, Joy and A Dreams A Dream.

Soul II Soul a 2-time Grammy winning act that emerged at the end of the 1980s from London. The group initially (read more…)

Stacy MakishiDate: Friday 29th Nov 2013

Time: 7.30pm

Location: Z-arts, 335 Stretford Road, Hulme, M15 5ZA

Word of Warning presents Stacy Makishi, with her stunning new solo show,The Falsettos. A killer show that everyone’s dying to see.

Hawaiian performance-maker Stacy Makishi unearths another thrilling tale of filial-sleuthery; investigating midlife, mobs, meatballs and moms via Barbra Streisand, E.T. and The Sopranos.
Masterfully grafting the trappings of gangster film onto domestic drama, The Falsettos is a humorous solo take on the mysteries of love, loss and separation.
A deftly woven mix of text, movement and stand-up, you would be nearly dead to miss it. (read more…)


An association between Let's Dance International Festival and regional dance agency,
Dance4, Signatures is a platform that nurtures and supports undiscovered talent,
enabling emerging artists to realise their creative potential. Signatures showcases
the work of emerging dancers, choreographers and recent dance graduates. The artists
are selected on the strength of their concepts and their desire to succeed in the
arts industry.

Signatures is offering  (read more...)
Sense-of-SoundLocation:  The Bluecoat, School Lane, Liverpool L1 3BX

Date:  Saturday 23rd November  10.00am to 4.00pm

Price:  £25.00 (£20 students)

Contact: Saphena Aziz saphena@senseofsound.net

For anyone wanting to improve their vocal and harmony skills, Sense of Sound promises to develop your confidence, understanding and enjoyment of singing.

Working with Sense of Sound’s vocal coaches the day will provide a great opportunity to learn songs and vocal techniques through group singing to explore musical styles from African to contemporary, pop, soul and R’n’B (read more…)

Rene Baker‘Shifting Focus’ with Rene Baker

Where and when:
Friday 15th at The Lowry, Pier 8, The Quays, Salford, Manchester, Greater Manchester M50 3AZ
and Saturday 16th November at Z-arts, 335 Stretford Road, Manchester M15 5ZA

Price: £120 (covers both days)

Who do we see? Puppet or puppeteer? (read more…)

Culture hive workshopsDate: Wednesday 27 November 2013, 10am – 4pm

Location: Tate Liverpool

Contact:  Lisette lisette.knight@theaudienceagency.org

How do you go about designing an effective plan that focuses on and complements your organisational goals? Building on the ‘Essentials of Marketing Strategy’ and ‘Essentials of Audience Development’ series, this CultureHive workshop will take you through the practical steps involved in creating an audience development plan for your organisation. (read more…)

Aurora borealis, Northern Norway, Kautokeino, Lappland, NorwayDate: 7th – 10th February 2014

Contact: Richard Wheaterinfo@neonworkshops.com

Price: £980

Destination: Reykjavik, Iceland

In February 2014 Neon Workshops are bringing their mobile facility to Reykjavik with the aim to give participants the chance to learn about, explore and experiment with hand made neon light under the natural light phenomenon of the Aurora Borealis. (read more…)

One Mic StandDate: Friday 15th November 2013

Time: 7pm

Tickets: £6 Full // £3 Conc


Young Identity are Manchester’s finest young spoken word performers. Join them for a boisterous night of poetry, music and visual art. (read more…)

What_Would_Beyonce_Do_mainDate: 14th November 2013

Tickets: £12

Location: Lowry Theatre, Salford Quays

Luisa Omielan’s What would Beyoncé do?! has just completed a sell-out twice-extended Edinburgh run as well as four sell-out runs at London’s Soho Theatre earlier this year!

ALL MY SINGLE LADIES, you know when you spotted your BABY’S FATHER FATHER, and you fall CRAZY IN LOVE but it all goes tits up and you’re all ME, MYSELF AND I, then you GET ME BODIED, and you’re like hold up, he’s the BEST THING I NEVER HAD, I must have bumped my head because WHO RUNS THE WORLD? (read more…)

Michelle UdoguVENUE
The Great Hall

Free and unreserved

Friday 22 November, 6.00pm – 7.00pm
with SFX Happy Hour from 5.30pm

Singer Michelle Udogu performs at this week’s Special FX

Hailing from Manchester, Ebere’s (aka Michelle Udogu’s) tantalising vocals will seduce your senses and energise your minds. This rootsy lady frequently immerses herself in Nigerian and Cuban Orisha influences and has collaborated with bands such as Speakeasy and River Niger Band at the Festival de Senigallia. (read more…)

Lantern A3

Date: 11th – 14th November 2013 6pm-9pm

Location – Z-arts 335 Stretford Road, Hulme, Manchester

There are 15 places each day. People can register by emailing or calling paul@z-arts.org / 0161 226 1912.

Please note that they will be using Laytex glue for those with allergies.


pimp my wordpress

Date: Tue 12 Nov 2013

Time: 18:00 – 20:00

Location: The Annexe

Price: £5 full / £4 concs

Part of Digital Skills Workshops

You’ve set up your basic WordPress site and post content regularly, so what’s next? In this talk, WordPress co-founder Mike Little will give you hints, tips and tricks to improve your WordPress site making it easier to manage and more effective.

This talk is suitable for people with a basic knowledge of setting up a WordPress site.

Want more in depth WordPress courses? Mike Little also delivers two days workshops at Madlab’s Omniversity.

romeo and juliet - box cleverDate: Tuesday 19th November 2013 – 7pm

Wednesday 20th November 2013 – 1.3pm and 7pm

Thursday 21st November 2013 – 5.30pm

An abridged version of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy using a young, energetic cast. Skilfully intertwining original text with contemporary modern language and a live DJ soundtrack.

A stunning heart-shaped metal set provides the backdrop, as the lovers and their world is vividly brought to life: the sound, heat and colour of Verona, the dark threat of the feud between their families, and the ever-increasing speed at which events hurry the lovers to their inevitable doom.



Fragmentary Ancestors: Figurines from Koma Land, Ghana

Date: 25 October 2013 – 5th May 2014

Location: Manchester Museum

Free entry

This exhibition is the first ever officially approved showing of clay figurines in the UK, made by a previously little understood people in Koma Land in Ghana, West Africa. The figurines, often fragmentary and depicting stylised two-headed creatures, bird figures, and animals, are thought to represent the ancestors. It is possible that some of the figurines had liquid offerings poured into channels in the figurines, and that some might have been linked with healing and medicine. They were discovered during archaeological fieldwork directed by Prof. Ben Kankpeyeng and involving colleagues such as Prof. Tim Insoll (University of Manchester) working with the Ghana Museums and Monuments Board (GMMB). (read more…)

wow liverpoolStarts: Saturday 14th December 2013

SI Leeds Literary Prize

Thinking of writing fiction, but don’t know where to start? Help is at hand with FREE writer development workshops in Liverpool 

Thinking about writing fiction but don’t know where to start?  Need help developing the storyline of your book but have lost the plot?  Perhaps you’ve finished writing and are dreading the edits… Join Katy Massey in a series of free writing development workshops, taking place between December and February in Liverpool’s Kuumba Imani Millennium Centre.  Katy Massey’s novel, The Book of Ghosts, was shortlisted in the 2012 SI Leeds Literary Prize.  A former journalist, she has a PhD in Creative Writing from Newcastle University and is an experienced writing tutor and editor.  Her current work, Tangled Roots, is concerned with capturing the experience of interracial families.  Her workshops look at these three crucial stages in the writing process…
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wow liverpoolEmail info@writingonthewall.org.uk if you are interested in the course and we will send you further details.

The first workshop will be held on November 27th 2013

Writing on the Wall will work in partnership with Julian Perkins in assisting a team of selected writers to develop their skills, whilst transforming their ideas into a short drama for production.

Julian is a highly-esteemed scriptwriter with a wealth of experience and knowledge to bring to the course. With a CV covering every aspect of the medium, his TV credits include, The Bill, Emmerdale, EastEnders, Casualty, Grafters, Murphy’s Law and MIT, Julian having enjoyed the position of a lead writer on a number of long-running series. He has also written successfully for stage and radio, most notably his award winning and much acclaimed play ‘Images Of Tiffin’. (read more…)

lemn sissayDate: Friday 1st Novemeber 2013

Time: 8pm

Venue: Roland Levinsky, Theatre 1

Tickets: £8 full// £6 Conc

Join poet and playwright Lemn Sissay for an evening of passion and poetry.

Lemn Sissay, MBE, is associate artist at the Southbank Centre, Europe’s largest arts complex. He was the first poet commissioned to write for the 2012 Olympics and his poem Spark Catchers is etched into a transformer on the Olympic site. (read more…)

Making-Freedom-Panel1Date: 6th November 2013 – 21st December 2013

Time: Open Monday – Friday 10am – 5pm

Venue: Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), 1 Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AR (entrance in Exhibition Road).

A free exhibition marking the 175th anniversary of emancipation in the Caribbean

Windrush Foundation presents a story featuring riots, rebellions and revolutions in a free exhibition at the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) in Kensington, London. (read more…)

TangleTANGLE warmly invites you to join them at their annual industry networking night, TANGLEFAMILY CAFÉ

TANGLEFAMILY CAFÉ is their annual networking night for creative artists and those interested in the diaspora. It takes place from 6.30pm on Wednesday, 27th November at Guest Projects, Yinka Shonibare Ltd, 1 Andrews Road, Hackney, London, E8 4QL.

Free Afro-Cornish fusion food will be served but please bring your own drinks.
For guest list please RSVP to Anna, Debo, Denver and Pascale at artistic@tangleinternational.com

Doors Open: 6.30pm. Performances: 7pm. Food Served from: 7pm. (read more…)

The DriftersDate: Thursday 5th December 2013

Location: The Palace Theatre, Oxford Road, Manchester

Following the highly successful gold album Up on the Roof released on Sony Music in 2011, The Drifters are back on the road in the UK performing both the classic hits from the last six decades and their superb new material.

If-only-shahrukh-khan-at-z-artsRasa Theatre

Date: 5/11/13 -14/11/13

Time: 1:30pm and 7:30pm showings

Location: Z-arts, 335 Stretford Road, M15 5ZA (read more…)

Platforma Festival Conference
October 31  – November 1
Martin Harris Centre, Bridgeford Street, Manchester M13 9PL

Bringing together artists, performers, academics, not-for-profits and funders from across the UK and around the world to share practice and discuss aspects of the arts by and about refugees. Workshops will explore subjects including participatory arts, campaigning through the arts, live art, working with young people, documentary film-making, forum theatre and the history of refugee arts in the UK and its future direction.

Tickets priced £15 per day (including lunch)

Buy tickets for the Platforma Conference

A limited number of bursaries and free places are also available – please contact tom@counterpointsarts.org.uk

22.10.13: The box office has now closed for tickets for the Platforma Conference on Thursday & Friday. However, a few returns are still available. For more information please contact Tom Green, Project Manager – Platforma tom@counterpointsarts.org.uk

Click here to download the Platforma Conference programme

Click here for more information about associated events:

Platforma Festival Acoustic Night

Platforma Festival Live Music Night

Platforma Festival Fringe


Manchester Museum 10th October – 17th November 2013

migrant art – alternative connections – cultural boundaries

A rare exhibition of work by a new wave of visual artists whose experiences include life as refugees in the UK engaging with objects from The Manchester Museum

Opening event:

In Conversation with artists and curators plus (read more…)

Fade to Black film festival will be screenings films at Z-Arts every Thursday in October starting this week.The Fade

The New Black Film Collective is collaborating with Z-Arts,

STUN and The Mbari Group to screen some of the most (read more…)

Nyah at RXYoung Manchester actor Nyah Kunda age 11yrs lands a role in ‘All My Sons’ at the Royal Exchange Theatre. The Arthur Miller play directed by Michael Buffong opened on 1st October 2013. Nyah was asked out all 3 actors to play the opening night.

Nyah Kunda, who has been acting since he was 18months old, landed an audition following his recent signing to Hercules Acting Agency. Marcus Hercules, STUN Board Member, was instrumental in getting Nyah an audition and the rest is history.

Nyah who has recently had to juggle school, private tutoring, 11+ examinations and learning his lines for a major production, has taken his role seriously and has gained much experience working alongside Don Warrington, Dona Croll. He has also received mentoring from Roger Griffiths. The well directed, moving  show continues till 26th October.

STUN would like congratulate Nyah and wish him well in his continued success and thank Marcus Hercules for believing in and inspiring the next generation.

STUN members, when booking Stage level tickets please quote TALAWA to get a huge discount and pay just £12 rather then £23.50. This special offer is valid from 30th September to 11th  October and excludes Saturday and Matinees. Cheaper tickets available please call 0161 833 9833




STUN’s Lwimbo Kunda and Deyika Nzeribe are hosting a pilot Film Festival called Fade to Black in collaboration with Z-arts and The New Black Film. The aim of the film nights is to inspire artists and ignite conversations to produce new work and new collaborations. (read more…)


The Vogue Ball, project managed by our very own Darren Pritchard is organized by the House of Suarez, and Darren Suarez, Artistic Director. The ball, which since its inception in 2010 has evolved from cult underground event to sell-out sensation, took place at the Camp and Furnace 5th October 2013. (read more…)

all my sons swings

Michael Buffong returns to the Exchange to direct Arthur Miller’s landmark play – a searing investigation of honesty, guilt and the corrupting power of greed.

The play was Arthur Miller’s first success, establishing him as a leading voice in theatre.

ALL MY SONS is set in 1947 and Joe and Kate Keller, an all-American couple, have the ghosts of World War II living in their own backyard.

Joe is a successful, self-made businessman, (read more…)

logo-candellaWhen: 14th & 15th November 2013

Location: Manchester

A highly practical course to assist students and professionals alike develop skills to further their career in the UK Film and TV industry. (read more…)

PandaWordPress Workshop
To be held at:

Manchester Academy of English
5 Newton Street
M1 1HL Manchester

Wednesday, 23 October 2013 from 10:00 to 13:00 (read more…)

wow liverpool

When: 24th October 2013, 7pm

Location: Siren Cafe, Liverpool

Writing On The Wall invites you to celebrate Black History Month joining us for this special event featuring Rose Thomas, an inspiring
writer reading from her novel-in-progress, ‘Now That I Have Found The
Words’. (read more…)


Zhe (Noun) UndefinedWhen: Friday 25th October, 2.30pm & 7.30pm

Saturday 26th October, 7.30pm

Location: Contact Theatre Manchester

Tickets: £9 Full // £5 Conc (read more…)


When: 10th October 2013, 7-9pm

Location: Z-Arts, Hulme, Manchester (read more…)

royal-exchange-logoThe Exchange Forum brings theatre practitioners, teachers and educationalists together to share best practice and hear about recent and forthcoming projects and events that place creative learning at the heart of education practice.

During the year the Royal Exchange Theatre will host 4 Forum events (2 per season), on Wednesday afternoons. The Forum events will (read more…)

The Black Sound seriesSat 26 Oct, 8pm

£11 FULL // £6 CONC.

A musical and visual feast celebrating music of Black origin, as part of Black History Month. (read more…)

Stephen_K_Amos_MainWhen: Wednesday 30th October 2013 – 8pm

Where: The Lowry Theatre

Tickets: £15 – £17

Stephen K Amos is THE SPOKESMAN.

Fresh from the Edinburgh Festival, Amos is hitting the road with a brand new show for 2013 and sharing with the UK the show which has been a smash hit success across Australia and New Zealand!

Expect an hour of fun, warmth, big laughs and audience interaction from the master of feel-good comedy. (read more…)

Rambert_CastawaysWed 9 October – Fri 11 October 2013

For times and prices

Featuring four contrasting dance works including Tim Rushton’s heart stopping Monolith, Nijinsky’s controversial L’Après-midi d’un faune, which caused riots when it was first performed by the legendary Ballets Russes, set to wonderful music by Debussy, and the hugely enjoyable What Wild Ecstasy by Artistic Director Mark Baldwin. Plus a rare chance to see work by Barak Marshall, one of America’s most celebrated choreographers, arresting, original and fevered in style, Barak makes his Rambert debut with The Castaways. (read more…)

Education-of-Auma-ObamaThe Education of Auma Obama (12A) 24 Oct 2013, 7pm – Z-arts, Hulme, MCR

Auma Obama was born and raised in Kenya, raised by a nurturing mother and a father who was stern and sometimes difficult but supported the family and encouraged his children to make something of themselves. Auma’s father would later leave her mother and marry another woman whose son would share his father’s name — Barack Obama. While the future American president and his half-sister lead very different lives, they share a drive and ambition that has encouraged them to make the most of their opportunities, and like Barack, Auma has a history of political activism and academic achievement despite growing up with few economic resources. Filmmaker Branwen Okpako profiles Auma and explores her unusual life and times in the documentary The Education of Auma Obama, which includes footage of Auma meeting her illustrious half-brother, and her family watching the American election returns on November 5, 2008.


Black_history_month_eventTo commemorate this year’s Black History Month, CWU’s National Youth Committee and Equal Opportunities Department will host a joint afternoon event focussing on ‘What black history teaches us about solving today’s challenges’

Date: 11th October (on the eve of the Race Advisory Committee’s conference)
Time: 3:30pm – 5:30pm
Venue: Mechanics Centre (formerly the Mechanics Institute), Manchester

The event is open to all BME members, but we are particularly keen to engage with young activists and members from these communities. (read more…)

Jonzi DDate: Wed 23 and Thu 24 Oct, 8pm

Location: Contact Theatre Manchester

Ticket: £11 FULL // £6 CONC.


Hip Hop Theatre legend Jonzi D presents an evening of choreopoetry including his acclaimed solo The Letter, which examines his response to being offered an MBE. The evening also features a brand new work exploring the broken lineage between the old skool and new skool Hip Hop generations. Work from local artist collectiveFreestyle Fictionary completes the bill.

(read more…)


Location: Contact Theatre MCR

Date: Fri 18 Oct, 7:30pm

Tickets: £9 FULL // £5 CONC.


A poetic exploration of the stories that mirrors tell, based on real people’s perceptions of themselves.Mirrors reflects on race, gender, politics and sex, through innovative language, movement and performance.

youngidentity.org (read more…)

Marika Sherwood bookLocation: Working Class Movement Library, 51 The Crescent, Salford M5 4WX

Date : 4th October 2013 – 2pm (free)

A talk by Marika Sherwood to mark Black History Month: Struggles in Manchester before and after the 1945 Pan-African Congress
Africans have lived in the Manchester area at least since the late 18th century and have struggled against racism and for freedom and independence for their countries of origin for at least the past 100 years – perhaps culminating in the 1945 Pan-African Congress, which was held in Manchester.

Marika Sherwood’s book Manchester & the 1945 Pan-African Congress has been reprinted and will be available to purchase.

2pm; admission free; light refreshments afterwards.

Melody Loses her Mojo

Location: Contact Theatre Manchester

Dates: Tue 1 Oct, 7pm; Wed 2 Oct, 5pm; Thu 3 Oct, 1pm and 7pm; Fri 4 Oct, 7pm; Sat 5 Oct, 7pm

Tickets: £11 [FULL] // £6 [CONC]


Melody is in the care system and is out of control… the only thing that is constant in Melody’s life is her toy monster – Mojo.

Blessing has come from Nigeria to stay with an ‘Aunty’, but when the relationship breaks down, she is trapped in the care system and longs to be back with her Nana in Lagos…

Rizla has just left the care system. He has been taken in by some older guys in the local hostel and has found his new ‘family’.  (read more…)

Bordeaux FranceBordeaux, France

Date: 21st-27th October 2013

Hosted at a 17th Century farmhouse among the vineyards of Bordeaux, this one-week retreat for writers is designed to provide time and space for you to develop your work, be it a novel, a full-length non-fiction piece, or a portfolio of shorter writing; smooth out any tangles; and receive detailed professional feedback on your work.

Enjoy the comfort of this welcoming location, and spend days writing at the fireside, or looking out on the French countryside. There will be the opportunity to workshop pieces of writing throughout the week, both in a group format, led by an experienced feedback facilitator, and in one-to-one consultations, tailored to your requirements. You’ll be able to step back from your work and get an overview. (read more…)

TNB Manchester is an exciting new film club designed to fill the gap in Black cinematic provision with an added cultural experience. TNB (The New
Black) is a nationwide network of film exhibitors and the project is supported by the National Lottery through BFI and Creative England.

First of a series of four film events is REINCARNATED

3 Oct, 7pm, Z-arts main theatre space, £3.50

Reincarnated (18)
Hip Hop artist Snoop Dogg changes his name to Snoop Lion, travels to Jamaica, emerges himself in Rastafarian culture and produces his first reggae record.

Burnett is one of the key film directors of his generation. “One of America’s very best film maker’s” – Chicago Times and “The nation’s least known great film maker.” New York Times. Below are some links to find out more about Burnett’s work. On the flyer below are dates and locations of his touring schedule in the UK.

“Killer Of Sheep” Was screened on Film 4 recently.

For more information on who Charles Burnett is click here


Charles Burnett UK Tour


an exhibition by Virtual Migrants + performance / discussion events
on show at the Manchester Museum 10th October – 17th November 2013
migrant art – alternative connections – cultural boundaries
A rare exhibition of work by a new wave of visual artists whose experiences include life as refugees in the UK engaging with objects from The Manchester Museum


Opening event:

In Conversation with (read more…)

panda arts logo

panda arts logoDo you have an upcoming project which you need to promote? Do you wish to raise your organisations profile? Do you need to extend your companies reach? Or perhaps you need to increase your audience?

This social media workshop will (read more…)

panda arts logo

panda arts logoFind out the latest information and guidance regarding the new EU funding programs coming online in 2014 and be informed on what you need to do to start preparing for the first calls (expected in late 2013 or early 2014). As well as information, there will be opportunities for questions and discussions around project ideas you might be considering.

This seminar is suitable for (read more…)

BWC-flyer-Commonword/Cultureword in association with Manchester Literature Festival & Contact presents

Cultureword Black & Asian Writers Conference 2013

Saturday 19th October

10:30am to 5pm

Contact Theatre, Manchester

How To book:    www.contactmcr.com/BAWCF7day
tel: 016127440600

The 7th Black Writers Conference & Festival will be the biggest yet.   Major writers including Malorie Blackman, Fred D’Aguiar, Sujata Bhatt, Bali Rai, Samuel Shimon, Dorothea Smartt and Thomas Glave will be participating.  They will join Penguin publishers, literary agents, two young writers’ workshops, three book launches, information stalls, a young writers performance, and  an evening Festival  that includes  Slam Champion Stephanie Dogfoot, Malika Booker, Sujata Bhatt, J P Cooper, Pocket Soul, Young Identity and many more (read more…)

Couture-commoword workshopURBANITES: Workshops
7pm – 9pm
Sidnie Co Couture, 18 Upper Chorlton Rd, Manchester M16 7RN
Cost: £5 per payable on the day
Book via Sidnie 0161 226 7775
Urbanites Workshop,  18th Sep 2013 at  Sidnie Co. Couture, 18 Upper Chorlton Rd, Manchester M7 RN   From 7pm  (its opp the big pub on the corner called The Whalley Pub)
Join us on 18/09, 7pm for a thought provoking workshop exploring – through objects on display at Sidnie Co. Couture – 200 years of Black writing in Manchester.
It will also include an illustrated reflection on the role of writers, artists + historians as curators of a history still considered as hidden. But.. is it hidden or neglected?

manchester-city-council-logoDate: Tuesday 10th September 2013 Time: 8am -12noon

Meet The Buyer

The First Street construction partners would like to invite you to a Meet the Buyer event to support the delivery of the mixed-use development at First Street North.

Jointly hosted by contractors, Wates Construction and Carillion Construction Services, the event is aimed to ensure local suppliers and subcontractors are engaged in the £80m scheme and will give companies the opportunity to tender for work packages which include: (read more…)

Black writer Conf

Commonword/Cultureword in association with Manchester Literature Festival & Contact presents

Cultureword Black & Asian Writers Conference 2013

Saturday 19th October

Contact Theatre, Manchester

How To book:    www.contactmcr.com/BAWCF7day
tel: 016127440600

The 7th Black Writers Conference & Festival will be the biggest yet.   Major writers including Malorie Blackman, Fred D’Aguiar, Sujata Bhatt, Bali Rai, Samuel Shimon, Dorothea Smartt and Thomas Glave will be participating.  They will join Penguin publishers, literary agents, two young writers’ workshops, three book launches, information stalls, a young writers performance, and  an evening Festival  that includes  Slam Champion Stephanie Dogfoot, Malika Booker, Sujata Bhatt, J P Cooper, Speakeasy band, Young Identity and many more…

The Conference will feature the following debates and workshops:  Writing For Children:   How do we get more diversity into published children’s writing?  Women poets and the stage:  the reception and subtle exclusions that female spoken word artists face in public space that remains dominated by men.  Queer writing:  What space does the black queer writer occupy? Is there ‘room at the inn’ for black queer writers? How does ‘double discrimination’ inform and undermine our writing?  Freedom and Resistance:   ‘Tortured, the Truth, Remains  And Will Free Itself. How has the relationship of writing and resistance  changed in the 21st century?

There are two specific young writers’ workshops and a performance opportunity all  led by Young Identity young writers group.

Back2RootsBack 2 Roots, have been nominated for The Nubian Times Community MBC Award 2013!! They are a young persons run organisation that culturally EDUCATE, INNOVATE and ELEVATE, the minds of young people and the wider community on heritage and history. http://thenubiantimes.com/mbc2013/

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MBC-Awards‘The Nubian Times’  MBC Awards 2013 to be held at the exquisite Hilton Hotel Deansgate Manchester on  Saturday 26th October 2013

  • Champagne reception, press, interview
  • 3 course formal Dinner
  • Film Production/Trailers
  • Black History month Celebration
  • Finest UK Artist
  • Live screening via www.thenubiantimes.com
  • Behind scene’s of The Nubian Times
  • Sponsorship available @advertising@thenubiantimes.com

‘BET/MOBO we salute you but we’re doing this our way’… (read more…)

ImaniSTUN would like to congratulate Imani Jendai who was nominated for The ADAD Lifetime Achievement Award in London this year. This was to recognize her outstanding contribution to the development of African Diaspora dance in the UK and internationally. (read more…)

TNBFCSTUN , Z-Arts and THE NEW BLACK FILM COLLECTIVE are collaborating to bring you a series of events every Thursday during Black History month. This partnership hopes to pilot a potential platform to artists from the sector, expand horizons by enabling artists to see commercial and alternative films, open conversations regarding the development of work and build a network in the northwest that supports, nurtures artists and build audiences. (read more…)

Miselo Kunda_5771email2It so great to be back from sabbatical. The team is stronger than ever. I would like to start with a big thank-you to all the people who have come together to strengthen the work of STUN. I will attempt to briefly update you on the latest activity, changes of staff, new board members and to announce the long awaited happy news of the STUN –Z-Arts partnership space to launch in December. (read more…)

chinaOn 28th August at the Manchester town hall the STUN Chair Miselo Kunda delivered a speech to the Chinese State Ethnic Affairs Commission Delegation about the STUN – Z-Arts partnership. It was organised by Dr. Yang He at Sunland International and Jo Johnston Culture Team Manchester City Council

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platforma-festival-headerThursday, October 31, 2013 – Friday, November 1, 2013

Community Arts North West and Counterpoint Arts proudly present the second national Platforma Festival, at the Martin Harris Centre — The University of Manchester Building. On the success of Platforma London 2011 the Festival will bring together artists, performers, academics, public, private and not-for-profit organisations to showcase the very best of arts by, with and about refugees. The Festival includes: (read more…)

All My Sons25 September 13 – 26 October 13 – 7.30pm

Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester

A Royal Exchange Theatre and Talawa Theatre Company co-production

Michael Buffong returns to direct Arthur Miller’s landmark play

ALL MY SONS is a searing investigation of honesty, guilt and the corrupting power of greed. The play was Arthur Miller’s first success, establishing him as a leading voice in theatre. (read more…)

In the jungle of citiesSep 18 2013 – Oct 05 2013 – 7.30pm

Arcola Theatre – London

£14 Full

“You are about to witness an inexplicable wrestling match between two men and observe the downfall of a family…Don’t worry your heads about the motives for the fight, concentrate on the stakes”

On a hot day in the concrete jungle an ethnic capitalist and his gang walk into a shop to buy an opinion from a white employee. The young idealist refuses and a pre-epic showdown ensues – pimps, prostitutes, preachers and fraudsters are all infected alike. If not love, can hatred at least save man from his ultimate isolation? (read more…)

Jamaica FarewellSunday 8th September 2013 – 3pm

£20 Full // £15 Conc

Arcola Theatre – London


JAMAICA, FAREWELL, a true story of Debra Ehrhardt’s journey to the USA from Jamaica in the turbulent 1970s, is a hilarious and touching story of how one young woman risked everything in order to fulfil her lifelong dream of starting over in America (read more…)

posh-tramps27th September 2013

7.30pm – 10pm @ Z-Arts, Hulme, Manchester

Posh Tramps and Papooses is the latest play from Manchester’s celebrated MaD Theatre Company.  Hot on the heels of their recent success ‘Gin and Chronic Arthritis’, MaD Theatre’s newest production is a return to their unique blend of surreal political satire and downright barmyness made famous by their previous plays such as ‘ASBO’, ‘Thai Brides and Teacakes’ and ‘Les Puddings Noir’. (read more…)

Malorie Blackman  June 2008

11th October 2013

1pm – 3pm @ Z-arts, Hulme, Manchester

Malorie Blackman is one of the UK’s most imaginative and convincing writers for young readers. She has been awarded numerous prizes for her work, including the Red House Children’s Book Award and the Fantastic Fiction Award. In 2005 she was honoured with the Eleanor Farjeon Award in recognition of her contribution to children’s books, and in 2008 she received an OBE for her services to children’s literature. Join Malorie for a lively discussion about the inspiration behind her hugely popular novels, including Noughts and Crosses, Boys Don’t Cry and Noble Conflict. Suitable for age 10+

This event is part of Manchester Literature Festival and is presented in partnership with MMU/ Manchester Children’s Book Festival.


kinoNorth West Short Film Showcase

September 11th 2013 – 7pm

Kino’s second event in as many weeks returns with its latest North West Short Film Showcase. Short films to die for!

Submissions open now. Contact Kino for more details. Event page here.
​Doors open 7pm

Tickets £5/£4 concessions

(£3 for participating film makers)

Media drop


Mondays and Tuesdays,

16 Sep to 5 Nov, 6pm to 9pm


Media Drop is a drop-in session where young artists can come to share and develop digital media.

Based in our Media Lounge we work with MCs, Producers, Vocalists, Poets, DJs and other young people who are interested in digital media, film making, blogging, social media and live streaming. (read more…)

Mothers ruinFri 20 Sep, Fri 6 Dec, 8pm (7:30pm doors)

£9 FULL // £5 CONC.


Pulsing with life, Mother’s gloriously raucous cabaret is back with a potent cocktail of unique and unpredictable performance.


The first Mother’s Ruin of the Autumn with Timberlina,David Mills, Rolabear, Patrick Carroll-Fogg, Sophie Willan,Gareth Cutter and more to be announced.
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keishaTue 10 to Thu 12 Sep, 7:30pm

£6 FULL // £3 CONC.


Can you be a modern-day feminist and also feel the immemorial need to shave your legs? How much are we willing to consciously change about ourselves before the soul disowns us?

Young Identity’s Keisha Thompson will go on a comedic, at times disturbing, journey to find out if she has a problem with her gender, her culture, or just herself, in her debut solo show. (read more…)

Rehearsals at Z-Arts brokered the start of a Brazilian connection with STUN and OQuadro. This was followed by thier Debut UK performance at Whitworth Art Gallery this weekend, Oquadro continue there UK tour with the Bestival festival performance just around the corner and Band on the Wall.

Silk Photography for STUN Sustained Theatre Up North Named as one of the hottest acts in Brazil now, deliver that painting fired-up hip hop with his own kick single Bahia. Table make old-school, with Brazilian rules. This is high speed conscious rap, candomblé drums and dub, ijesha and afrobeat flavors-explosive! The following shows innovators in The Great Escape, Roundhouse London and Notting Hill Arts Club, in may 2013, the boom of Bahia is back in the United Kingdom this summer. Table: Table hail from the coastal city of Ilhéus in Bahia, northeastern Brazil. They are a team of seven pieces of hip-hop who joined as teenagers of 15 years and created their own route through by any means necessary. Without access to digital equipment (in the redoubt of samba, PPM were not easy to put in your hands), the line-up that painting looks more like a rock band led by three MCs. One of them, professor Jef (he is also a professor of philosophy), explains: “we’re hip-hop, our thinking is hip-hop. But when we started we didn’t have samplers or decks … for transposing the sound of Afrika Bambaataa, Run DMC and the Beastie Boys on bass, guitar, drum kit and percussion. We don’t have a hip-hop market created in Bahia as well when we play live that can end up playing alongside death metal bands, punk and reggae bands … this kind of influences us. We like Bad Brains, Massive Attack, Sepultura, Anti Pop Consortium, Lee Perry, Geronimo, Black Uhuru … everything that falls into the frame we call Table. Let us not to be defined. Hip-hop gives us is the framework of our song and it is also the way that we use to build our poetry. “Always aware, always burning, which is that painting. That painting and have huge respect for hip-hop fans throughout Brazil, his self-titled album, produced by Don Li’s Brazilian Dub was released in 2012. They also picked up a wave of new followers in his recent visit to the United Kingdom, where they performed with ravers the erotic heat wave, dancehall MC Lady Chann and reggae singer Natty on the Bass Culture Clash: Salvador vs London Tour. “Unique, lively and highly danceable music” Brighton Noise “that painting of Brazil-. Three rappers lead singer of a rock band, with songs that resembled the spirit of street party the beginning of hip-hop … It was artists like that painting, singular and curious, which made the Great Escape Special “Will Hodgkinson, times Bahia: Salvador is the oldest town in Brazil, a UNESCO World Heritage site and capital of Bahia, the State with the strong cultural presence in the African country. Plumbing deep inheritance, and connect the new chains, Bahia broadcasts a special wave energy when it comes to musical invention. He has been a creative power in flames-the source of crucial changes in Brazilian music that swept across the country and beyond. Samba originated there, is where Bossa Nova dreams started and where the very influential Tropicália movement erupted. The sounds of Bahia, always out of cultural collisions. With that painting the new Bahian manifest hip hop is here.


Venue: Shindig Hebden BridgeNelsons Wine Bar, Hebden Bridge

Date:  Tuesday 17th September, 8pm

Organiser Winston Plowes
Introducing the latest event for poetry and spoken word for Hebden Bridge. We are really lucky to have a very special guest for our first event.

Introducing Char March –

If you’ve never thought poetry is your bag, and the thought of going to a poetry performance fills you with horror… think again! Char March’s poetry performances are a rip-roaring mix of stand-up and emotional roller-coaster – she’ll have you crying with laughter and roaring with tears.

Char March is a local, multi-award-winning poet, playwright and fiction writer. Her latest poetry collections are ‘The Thousand Natural Shocks’ and ‘The Cloud Appreciation Society’s Day Out’ both of which have lots of poems in celebrating – and despairing of – our local weather! She is currently writer-in-residence for the NHS in the North West, and she’s also been writer-in-residence for: the huge Pennine Watershed Initiative; Leeds Hospitals Trust; Ty Newydd (the National Writing Centre in Wales); and Hull University Business School. Winston Plowes asked Char to write a poem for his Rochdale Canal Poetry Trail, so ‘Mrs Toad The Estate Agent’ came into being – a fag-butt-eating toad who lives in the canal, fights with pike, and teases the ducks. Char takes Mrs T tasty tit-bits to eat every day, and delights in her obscene gestures.

ManchesterContemporaryWhen: 26-29 Sept 2013


The Manchester Contemporary, the largest exhibition outside the capital to focus on emerging contemporary art, returns to Manchester for its 5th year on 26-29 September 2013.

Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and housed in Spinningfields, the Manchester Contemporary is the longest running even of its type in the UK,  is free to enter and a key date in the art collector’s diary and the event to discover emerging contemporary artists.

The Manchester Contemporary is curated by Manchester-based The International 3, and brings together over 20 galleries showcasing the work of internationally exhibiting artists alongside emerging artists and new discoveries.     (read more…)


When: 27 to 29 September 2013

Buy Art Fair and The Manchester Contemporary, the north of England’s biggest art buying events, will return to Hardman Boulevard, Spinningfields, Manchester from 27 to 29 September 2013.

Following its unparalleled success in 2012, Buy Art Fair, the UK’s biggest contemporary art fair outside London, celebrates its sixth year, while its sister show, The Manchester Contemporary, will mark its fifth anniversary showcasing world-class, critically engaged contemporary art. (read more…)

Weekending_main-event-pageWhitworth Art Gallery
Whitworth Weekending
Fri 30 Aug-Sun 1 Sept

Whitworth Weekending celebrates the last days of Whitworth Art Gallery as we know it, before we close to extend and transform the gallery.
This three-day event in the park, packed with things to do and see is our way of saying thank you to everyone who makes the Whitworth what it is.
Come and help us make this a farewell to remember. (read more…)

Cultural Collage World Music FestivalDate: Friday 27th Sept

Time: 18.00-21.00

Venue: Friends Meeting House, central Manchester

Lingua Franca World Music Agency and Mazazik Productions present the launch of a regular social evening for dancers of all cultural backgrounds and levels led by Jane Wass, offering the opportunity to learn different dance genres from around the world and including guest tutors and dance demonstrations. Guest Tutor at launch event will be Jokeh Sillah from The Gambia!


The celebration of the life of Reuben Ellis Hercules
Sadly passed on 28th July 2013

Free Event but please try to make a Donation if you can

Manchester HQ would also like to celebrate the life of Reuben Ellis.

To be held on Friday 16th August at 6pm till late.

Come and join the good vibes with live music from The Natural Vibes, Jah prophecy, Whizzy Dan, the Stone Roots Band and a spectacular stage show!!

£1 raffle tickets
Tickets to the Manchester Derby!
Bottle of Champagne
Here is a link to the event page on Facebook

Date: Tuesday 13 August from 6 to 8pm
Venue: Royal Exchange Theatre, St Anns Square  Manchester M2 7DH

Speaker: Joanne Grubb of J G Creative
Subject: What is Brand and why is it important for your charity?

Brands, what are they and why do you need one? Why branding is so important for your charity and some hints and tips to manage your brand

Booking: £10 via Eventbrite – IOF individual members will get this back when signing in at the event.

Notes about booking:
Places are limited so please book your place as soon as possible.  The event is free to IoF Members and £10 to non IoF Members.  Please note our booking system. IoF members will be asked to pay £10 booking deposit, which will then be reimbursed direct to your credit card as long as you turn up for the event. This system helps ensure that everyone who wants to attend is able to do so. If we get fully booked, we operate a wait list.  Our cancellation policy is that we will give a full refund if you cancel prior to 10am on the Monday before the event (12 August). This applies to members and non-members.

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In 2014 The 3MT will be changing it’s event calendar slightly, and focusing on regular monthly events. We already have a great range of events, including S.O.S comedy, Wordology, Magical Animals, The Acoustic Sessions, Pocket Soul, Kino Shorts and Dr Sketchy, but there is still room on the calendar for a few more!
So if you have an idea burning a hole in the pockets of your mind, for a monthly event and have been looking for a venue then look no further. We are giving you the chance to win a regular monthly slot at the 3MT for FREE!
Our events monthly events already cover, spoken word, music, comedy, film and even art, but we aren’t ruling anything out so if you are interested please visit

http://www.threeminutetheatre.co.uk/#!get-involved/c20s0 to download the full call out.


Continental Shifts, Shifts in Perception
London, UK 1-4 October 2013


WITH keynote speakers: Susheila Nasta, Caryl Phillips, Anna Rastas, Ribka Sibhatu, Dominic Thomas and Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o
1-4 October 2013 at Senate House, Malet House, London WC1E 7HU, UK

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cultural collage


Free events and reggae seem to rule in the quiet world music days of August

Find out what World Music events are taking place in the Manchester area this month!

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sonia hughes

sonia hughes

Sonia Hughes is offering 6 Creative Practitioners an opportunity to work with her to develop their idea! Ideally suited to theatre makers and live and spoken word artists, but other artforms welcome.

I’ve Got An Idea is a series of four workshops in Central Manchester | venue tbc

Dates | 4 Saturdays 1 – 4.30 p.m.  14, 21, 28 September, 5 October

You must be able to commit to all four sessions.

Costs | £100 unfunded individuals – £200 funded individuals

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BWC flyer front

Commonword/Cultureword in association with Manchester Literature Festival & Contact presents

Cultureword Black & Asian Writers Conference 2013

Saturday 19th October

Contact Theatre, Manchester

How To book: Contact Theatre website from July 2013.

The 7th Black Writers Conference & Festival will be the biggest yet.   Major writers including Malorie Blackman, Fred D’Aguiar, Sujata Bhatt, Bali Rai, Samuel Shimon, Dorothea Smartt and Thomas Glave will be participating.  They will join Penguin publishers, literary agents, two young writers’ workshops, three book launches, information stalls, a young writers performance, and  an evening Festival  that includes  Slam Champion Stephanie Dogfoot, Malika Booker, Sujata Bhatt, J P Cooper, Speakeasy band, Young Identity and many more…

The Conference will feature the following debates and workshops:  Writing For Children:   How do we get more diversity into published children’s writing?  Women poets and the stage:  the reception and subtle exclusions that female spoken word artists face in public space that remains dominated by men.  Queer writing:  What space does the black queer writer occupy? Is there ‘room at the inn’ for black queer writers? How does ‘double discrimination’ inform and undermine our writing?  Freedom and Resistance:   ‘Tortured, the Truth, Remains  And Will Free Itself. How has the relationship of writing and resistance  changed in the 21st century?

There are two specific young writers’ workshops and a performance opportunity all  led by Young Identity young writers group.

To see the programme for the day please click here

We are holding a get together for those who took part in our event during the WoW Festival called ‘Where are you from and what’s your story? It was aimed at refugees, asylum seekers and those who work in this area. We want to launch a new writing project and are having a consultation on Tuesday 31st July, 6pm at The Kuumba Imani centre on Princes Road. all welcome, even if you didn’t manage to attend the last one. Tel 0151 703 0020 for more information.

Sessions run on the last Monday of every month poetry

This Monday  29th July 2013 6 -10pm

the theme will be tomorrow’s trees

Isis Café, 910 Stockport Road, Levenshulme, M19 (near Albert Road)

 Everyone welcome, no writing experience necessary
A FREE event
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Applications invited

young enigmaManchester’s leading collective of emerging writers and performers, Young Enigma, is recruiting new writers to take part in its upcoming shows in Manchester.

This is an exciting opportunity for five young women writers to join our troupe of poets, playwrights, novelists and word artists.

This will be your chance to take part in an ambitious programme of activities, and to receive one-to-one career development tailored to your own needs. You will be invited to take part in free writing workshops, receive editorial support, and contribute to a range of activities in collaboration with theatres, libraries and festivals. (read more…)

header2psd (1)Creative Sharing day for Performing Arts Practitioners

Thursday 8th August 2013


Free event (booking essential)

Venue;  Performance building University Campus Oldham Cromwell Street Oldham OL1 1BB

Suitable for; Performing arts Practitioners working in early years & primary settings.

Aim; To meet & share ideas, activities & tips with other like minded practitioners.

For more information & to book your free place

please contact Abi Crayon


07889 647 692


To mark the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr’s historic ‘I Have a Dream’ speech, Writing on the Wall and National Museums Liverpool invite you to create a poetic response to these powerful words. Poet and Spoken Word artist Curtis Watt will lead a workshop day on Tuesday 20th August from 10am – 4pm at The International Slavery Museum, Albert Dock, L3 4AX.

Participants will then be given the opportunity to showcase their poems during a public performance on the anniversary of the speech on Wednesday 28th August.
This event will be part of a day of activities at the Marin Luther King building at the Albert Dock, organised by National Museums Liverpool and a range of artistic and cultural partners from across the city.
There are a limited number of places for these workshops so please book a place by emailing info@writingonthewall.org.uk or phoning us on 0151 703 0020.

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The Quest for the Ultimate Slam Poet


Commonword presents



North West Slam Championship


3 minutes to rock or shock the mic

Judged by audience response & guest judges

Open to all poets, MCs & rappers performing acapella

Bring your entourage! (read more…)

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Saturday 19th October

Contact Theatre, Manchester

How To book: Contact Theatre website from July 2013


The 7th Black Writers Conference & Festival will be the biggest yet.   Major writers including Malorie Blackman, Fred D’Aguiar, Sujata Bhatt, Bali Rai, Samuel Shimon, Dorothea Smartt and Thomas Glave will be participating.  They will join Penguin publishers, literary agents, two young writers’ workshops, three book launches, information stalls, a young writers performance, and  an evening Festival  that includes  Slam Champion Stephanie Dogfoot, Malika Booker, Sujata Bhatt, J P Cooper, Speakeasy band, Young Identity and many more…

The Conference will feature the following debates and workshops:  Writing For Children:   How do we get more diversity into published children’s writing?  Women poets and the stage:  the reception and subtle exclusions that female spoken word artists face in public space that remains dominated by men.  Queer writing:  What space does the black queer writer occupy? Is there ‘room at the inn’ for black queer writers? How does ‘double discrimination’ inform and undermine our writing?  Freedom and Resistance:   ‘Tortured, the Truth, Remains  And Will Free Itself. How has the relationship of writing and resistance  changed in the 21st century?

There are two specific young writers’ workshops and a performance opportunity all  led by Young Identity young writers group.

To see the programme for the day please click here

EXODUS LIVE: Manchester International Roots Orchestra with Testimony

Studio 30
Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM)

Tickets: £6
Concessions: £4
Click here to buy tickets

Music Director: Michael Cretu
Assistant Music Director: Serge Tebu

Manchester International Roots Orchestra event e-flyer

Community Arts North West and RNCM present an evening of music with an international flavour.

The orchestra, led by Music Director Michael Cretu and Assistant Music Director Serge Tebu, have been meeting since January 2013 and have created an exciting new music repertoire in celebration of Refugee Week.

Manchester International Roots Orchestra is a unique new ensemble of musicians with roots from across the world and students from the RNCM. Their repertoire skilfully weaves together diverse musical influences from the haunting melodies of Eastern Europe, to the delicate textures of the Middle East, to soulful African gospel embracing rap, classical and jazz along the way.

Led by Emmanuela Yogolelo, Testimony performs joyful music with a message of hope inspired by African Gospel, Afro Jazz, Congolese dance music & American R&B.

SRUT.001-001Thursday 13th June 2013 5pm – 7pm

Join us for a free fun-filled day pack with a variety of arts at the STUN Roadshow in Liverpool at the Unity Theatre.

The STUN Roadshow is an interactive event aimed at Black Asian and Minority Ethnic Creatives, their supporters and the audiences they are wishing to develop.

Joining us on the day will be Taher Qassim| Chair of the Arab Arts Festival, Sarah Sayeed |Chair of Sustained Theatre Up North and Performer, Dora Da Cruz|Dance Artist, Reece Williams |Spoken Word Artist and we also have the pleasure of a short demonstration of Sufi Dance from Shafeek Ibrahim who will be leading the Sufi Dance workshop at 7.30pm

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Heart's Core

A glimpse into the heart of refugee women’s lives.


Heart's Core event e-flyer

Community Arts North West presents this unique promenade performance that will (read more…)

Monday 8 April 2013
Leigh Miners Welfare Club
Kirby Road, off Twist Lane

Message from Žarko is a performance by Kámoši youth project produced by Community Arts North West in partnership with Wigan Council’s Voice & Engagement Team.

An event which celebrates International Roma Day on Monday 8 April.

Inspired by Djelem Djelem the Roma national anthem written by Žarko Jovanović.

An evening of MCing, beat-boxing, dance, rap, drama, poetry, music, digital media and more…

Created by young people, aged 12-18, in Leigh from Roma, Slovak, Czec, Polish and African communities.

Created through workshops with artists Kooj Chuhan (lead artist), Saquib Chowdhury, Hannah Russell, Dahlia Francis and Lis Murphy.

Rasta RootA Heritage Lottery funded, year long project that engages young people to look at Rasta Culture in the West through the teachings and speeches of  H.I.M Selassie and Ethiopian Culture.  The project culminates in a series of performance based concerts including spoken word, theatrical performance and music.

As part of the project, a documentary will also be produced with an international premier at Manchester’s Corner House in September 2013.

Performance Dates:
June 8th 3013
HQ, Claremont Road, Moss Side
June 22nd 2013
Dunham Massey National Trust Park and House
July 13th 2013
Contact Theatre
September 2013 (TBA)
Documentary Premier at The Corner House


Macka B is a British-born reggae artist, performer and activist with a career spanning thirty years in the United Kingdom and Jamaica. According to AllMusic.com “Macka B was one of Britain’s most influential dancehall toasters.”

On the 15th of June 2013, he will be performing at Manchester’s Club Academy on Oxford Road, with support from local Manchester band ‘The Natural Vibes.’

Tickets will be just £12 and can be purchased online from ticket line; over the phone by calling (0161) 832 1111; at the box office at the students union building on Oxford Road, or from Chicken Run on Yarburgh St.

This is a night not to be missed!


against-the-grain-frontAgainst the Grain is a unique, free literary event.

SALIDAA is celebrating the completion of its Mummyji heritage project in the South East, and showcasing the work of the Asian Women Writers Collective (AWWC) in a special one-day event. It’s free and it’s fun so please join us!

Saturday 6 July, 2- 6pmWest Wing Arts Centre, Stoke Road, Slough SL2 5AY

To book your free place please email SALIDAA EVENTS: writersevent@gmail.com (read more…)

Sufi Dance Workshop

June 13th, 2013 – 7.30pm
Unity Theatre. U2
Egyptian dancer Shafeek Ibrahimshafeek 1 will be performing and leading an interactive workshop on Sufi dancing. Learn about the philosophy and movement involved in this fascinating style of dance, famous for the whirling dervish. Watch a demonstration of the movements involved, and then try it for yourself. Suitable for anyone, whatever your level of dance experience or background.

To book a place and for more information click here

This event takes place the evening of the STUN Liverpool Roadshow

imageOn Sunday 2nd June, tens of thousands of people will fill the streets of Manchester when one of the North West’s flagship summer events takes place. The Manchester Day Parade is created by the people of Manchester, and we’re looking for enthusiastic people to play a key role in helping us bring the streets of this vibrant city to life.

The theme of the 2013 Parade is ‘Wish You Were Here’, a celebration of place, people and identity, which is set to inspire a host of diverse and creative ideas from participating groups.

DEADLINE: Friday 24 May 2013 Unpaid (volunteer)

CONTACT: Sarah Harris sarah@walktheplank.co.uk

Walk the Plank are the Producers of Manchester Day Parade and are looking for assistance on the day for a variety of creative and organisational roles:

Please go to: http://themanchesterdayparade.co.uk/get-involved/volunteer/ and register your interest by completing our online volunteering form.

word up

Tuesday 14 May, 7.30pm | Three Minute Theatre, Afflecks Arcade, 35-39, Oldham Street, Manchester M1 1JG | Entrance: £3.00

word upA night of poetry and word play in the anachronistically intimate setting of Three Minute Theatre, hosted by the dilapidated Steph Pike and featuring:

Maya Chowdhry, Clare Shaw, Heena Patel and Hayles Photos.

Maya Chowdhry is a poet and inTer-aCtive artist, her poetry is infused and influenced through her creating work for radio, film and theatre. Her poetry is published in The Seamstress and the Global Garment (Crocus), many anthologies, including (read more…)

SRBB.001-001Sunday 2nd June 2013 2pm – 5pm

Join us for a free fun-filled day pack with a variety of arts at the STUN Roadshow in Blackburn at the Action Factory.

The STUN Roadshow is an interactive event aimed at Black Asian and Minority Ethnic Creatives, their supporters and the audiences they are wishing to develop. (read more…)

hercules showcase may 5 2013Hello there!

It’s show time again…… Please do come and join us at our Spring showcase featuring the brightest talent from the Hercules Acting Classes.

‘Bright Sparks’ aged between 6-16 and perform some great classic scenes and devised work; a real treat for the for the whole family!

Industry tickets please contact Veronika at herculesproductions@live.co.uk  

WFASpring      April – June 2013

2 Day Introduction to Digital Video (DV)

Production Skills2 Day Introduction to Final Cut Pro

2 Day Sound Recording for Video

2 Day Lighting Skills and Chromakey

2 Day Introduction to Adobe CS5/CS6 Premiere Pro2 Day Introduction to Final Cut Pro X

Advanced and tailor made courses can be designed & delivered to meet your  specific requirements & timetable,  following a  formal training needs analysis.
Cost ex VAT: 1 day, Rate B: £190, Rate C: £280, 2 day, Rate B: £380, Rate C: £560 (read more…)

mpaThe Music Publishers Association (“MPA”) has launched the first industry approved course in music publishing editorial and production.   The MPA Graduate Certificate in Editorial and Production is the only course in the UK offering extended, specialist training in these areas. Designed by music publishers and delivered by highly experienced and respected industry experts, this new course provides a comprehensive programme for those entering or furthering a career in the editorial and production areas of printed music publishing.

Afro SonidoFree EventFriday 19th April 2013 – 7pm – midnight

Afro Sonido present a night of live music and DJ’s with our usual blend of latin and afro sounds.

We will start the night in a Jazzy way with Kurfuffle playing live from 7 to 7.30. www.kurfuffle.co.uk, www.facebook.com/kurfufflemusic

Senor Caramba will follow on with a jazzy latin set followed by San Sonido. Our guest DJ Mayeva will take over at 9 till 10pm. (read more…)

ligget-gurns-copyFriday 26th April 2013

7.30pm – 10pm @ Z-Arts, Hulme Manchester.

Stuart Silver | Tam Hinton

A ‘Big Picture’ monologue on perspective meets mind-bending storytelling…

Word of Warning takes a trip into the world of surreal comedy on Friday 26 April at Z-arts with a double bill featuring The Mighty Boosh’s Stuart Silver and a new show by Manchester’s own purveyor of stop-motion salaciousness: Tam Hinton. (read more…)

Speak of me as I amVenue: Theatre by the Lake – Cumbria

Date: 27th – 28th April 2013

Time: 7.30pm

Tickets: £10 – £16

A powerful spoken word piece by Manchester Royal Exchange actor and director, Wyllie Longmore. Two men try to understand each other’s lives 200 years apart. Longmore confronts Ira Aldridge, the black American tragedian and one of the great nineteenth-century interpreters of Shakespeare. Known for his performances of Macbeth, King Lear and Othello, Aldridge was written out of history and largely forgotten. This performance makes for a stimulating and thought-provoking evening.

IBW2013Location: Various London Venues

When: 3rd – 11th May 2013

Images of Black Women (IBW) Film Festival has acted for nearly a decade as the only advocate for change in the representation of black women in film, presenting the global black experience with a focus on women in varied roles such as actresses, directors, screenwriters and producers. (read more…)

Kadija G20 April 2013 @ Central Brighton 11am – 2pm

Want to see your writing in print? Then you must book on to this half day workshop.

Inscribe co-director and SABLE LitMag publisher, Kadija George will present you with the basics needed to organise and strategise your time, so you can more effectively find and select the most appropriate magazines, journals, and anthologies to submit to. (read more…)

REP foundry nightsDate: 25th April 2013 8pm

Location: Birmingham REP

New stories, new voices and new visions of the world. As The REP moves into the next phase in its remarkable history they are offering a new, yearlong development programme, REP Foundry, for emerging directors, writers, theatre makers and companies from across the West Midlands.

The selected artists will present their work in progress at Rep Foundry Nights. These scratch performance nights will provide a unique insight into how new theatre is formed and staged. Be the first to see work from REP Foundry artists throughout 2013. (read more…)

jnr8-redrawn1Sunday 28/04/13
2pm – 3.30pm
Meeting point: outside JNR8, 82 Cromwell Avenue, Whalley Range, Manchester M16 0BG

Join revolutionary musician Una Baines + her revolutionary friend, local historian Dominique Tessier, for the second Whalley Range Revolutionary Walk. The starting point will be the Welsh Chapel located at the back of JNR8.

Sound Moves
Sat 20 Apr, 10pm – Free Entry
Contact Theatre
SoundMoves is an experimental collaboration between six exceptional and versatile performers that explores the relationship between dance and music – the devised and the improvised.

The artists have created a tapestry of sound and movement that blends influences from around the world to celebrate diversity, as well as exploring a myriad of connections to find common experiences in improvisational moment. (read more…)

isis cafe bar

Monday 29th April 2013

Isis Café, 910 Stockport Road, Levenshulme, M19 (near Albert Road)

6pm- 8pm poetry/ creative writing workshop
The workshop will look at the lyrics of Gil Scott-Heron, using his words to inspire us to write or feel. The sessions are a relaxed way to share poetry, ideas and creativity. No writing or poetry experience necessary.

8pm -10pm poetry performance/reading with open mic (read more…)

I would like to personally invite you to the UK première of the tour ready theatre piece ‘Amsterdam’, at Contact, Oxford Road, Manchester, M15 6JA , on Wednesday 10th April 2013 at 2pm or 7.30pm.

The strength of this piece is the uniqueness of its form, a dramatization of a collection of poetry. Amsterdam has been published as a collection of poetry by Crocus books and has been commissioned by Contact MCR to be dramatized into a stage production.

Directed by award winning director of both theatre and film Juliet Ellis http://www.julietellis.com/ , Choreographed by Darren Pritchard, internationally successful with show ‘Susan and Darren’ and recent Sky1 performer http://companyfierce.co.uk/, with sound design by vocal sculptor Jason Singh who, uses his breath, voice and a range of samplers and loop pedals, to vocally recreate sound and music compositions http://www.jasonsinghmusic.com/. Written and performed by poet, playwright and performance artist Chanje Kunda, http://chanjekunda.wordpress.com/,

This solo performance contains high drama, sexy poetry, delicious dance and incredible music. It is about a long distance relationship between an Amsterdam-based man and a Manchester-based woman. In this relationship questions arise. What attracts us? What does sex satisfy? Is it like our own conception? Does that validate our existence? Is absence an opportunity to fulfil ourselves?

The Collection of poetry is at £10, but purchase of the book on the night allows you free entry into the performance event of the year. Meaning you get a wonderful signed copy of this critically acclaimed collection, and it allows you to be part of the UK debut of this stunning piece of theatre.

RSVP: to book your place at either the matinee 2pm or evening performance 7.30pm click here

Hope to see you there,


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Supported by Contact, Work for Change, Sustained Theatre, Z-Arts, in the UK and Heesterveld Creative Community and Podium Mozaiek Amsterdam, Netherlands.


Supported by S2D, Birmingham and Friction Arts.

An invitation for you to a rehearsed reading of a new play in development written by Jane Cover-Up-1-950x360Campion Hoye and directed by Jouvan Fucinni. Part of the Theatre Fever season

Email  jfucinni@gmail.com for more information and to request tickets

Cover Up, Jane’s first full length play, is a gritty and intelligent drama dealing with some big themes including sexual abuse and self harm. We would be delighted if you could attend the reading which showcase’s an exciting cast of Birmingham’s emerging and mid career actors.



Urbanites14/03/13 – 15/03/13
Talks ׀ Discussions ׀ Exhibition** ׀
From 5.30pm

Sidnie Co Couture
18 Upper Chorlton Rd
Manchester M16 7RN

Join Urbanites for a special celebration of pioneering Black women, such as Ella Sheppard (1851 – 1914), co-founder of the world-famous Fisk Jubilee Singers. URBANITES will explore forgotten aspects of our cosmopolitan heritage through women who used fashion to challenge racial stereotypes. (read more…)

‘Inspirations & Aspirations’

Friday 15th Marchwomens day

The Greater Manchester BME Network project are supporting Ebony & Ivory Community Organisation – EAICO (a Stockport based BME organisation) to hold a celebratory and informative event for women of all ages across Greater Manchester to support International Women’s Day which takes place in March. This event is for those that have an interest in issues affecting women today.

North West Artform: Arts, Cultural or Media   Contact:artsawardenquiries@trinitycollege.co.ukArts Award


Do you work with young people? Support their creative development with Arts Award. Arts Award is for all young people and can work through any arts, cultural or media activity.

Training as an adviser is the first step in getting going: advisers support each young person and assess their progress. This course is suitable for those working with young people aged 7-25. Book now for training on the following dates:

Cumbria-19 March

Salford-26 March



Cchinese_arts_centre_buildng_front_for_webhinese Arts Centre is delighted to announce its third Start Education programme exhibition for this academic year, entitled ‘Journey to the Centre of Colour’ (read more…)

Final-LFWMC-Colour-LogoLingua Franca World Music Community regular round-up of what’s happening in World Music in  Manchester!   (read more…)


arrival final choiceThe Arrival | A Tamasha and Circus Space collaboration

Touring Thur 21 –  – Sat 13 April,

Dele plays a last game of football with his friends, says goodbye to his son and sets off on a voyage to a smog-filled metropolis across the sea. (read more…)

Rani Moorimage003thy has offered you  £6 tickets

for groups of ten or more !

All you need to do is send her an e-mail rani.moorthy@rasatheatre.co.uk confirming numbers and send a cheque for the whole amount to RASA PRODUCTIONS LTD to arrive prior to the night selected

Quote ‘STUN Deal’

 Rani Moorthy
Artistic Director
Rasa Productions Ltd.
275 Deansgate, Manchester,
M3 4EL
For more information email Rani direct on

Rani ShowMember Offer available for groups of 10 or more!

Written & Performed by Rani Moorthy Directed by Alan Lane Designed by Rachana Jadhav After a sell-out, triumphant premiere at the Southbank Centre’s Alchemy Festival 2012, sited in the underground spaces in The Royal Festival Hall, Rasa brings Looking For Kool to Manchester in a high rise building creating a unique and fascinating pop-up theatre experience.


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Salford Commun69656_335305343238025_1879703902_n[1]ity Leisure invite you to

Exhibition Opening Wednesday 6th March

at Salford Museum and Art Gallery.

This exhibition showcases the artistic work produced at re-launch events for the trail, including photographs, films, geocaches, tree canvases, audio stories, performances and creative writing: all inspired by the trail and it’s sculptures.
Highlighted in the exhibition will be the Temporary Arts Programme.  Last year, four Salford based artists and arts organisations were commissioned to create new art projects, performances, films and exhibitions which explore themes of ‘Journeys, Narratives and Land Marking.

  • Mind on Fire is a weekly social event from the Mind on Fire Collective.

    mind on fire

    Every Wednesday. 6pm – 12midnight at the Soup Kitchen with a different guest every week throughout March.
    Every week MOF residents will be joined by friends from our favourite nights, bands, labels and collectives playing a mixed bag of tunes they might not normally get to play.
    Free entry.
    March guests:
    Mar 6 – Jim Bane (just good beats/ E Bloc)

    Mar 13 – DJ Mischief (My First Moth)

    Mar 20 – Douglas Quaid (Consortium) Mar 27 – Longshot

your creative future - NOISENOISE hosts a one-day event to get your creative careers going. Starting at 10am, it’s an action-packed day of talks, Q&A’s and mentoring sessions to give emerging creative types the chance to gain exclusive insider knowledge from internationally renowned professionals. (read more…)

Fe Dance

Produced by Imani Jendai for Fe Dance Co

The Programme
February 7 at The Bluecoat, Liverpool at 6.30pm
3 commissioned Unlimited films and 1 new commission presented at DaDaFest 2012

Faciltated by Julie McNamara, Artistic Director, VitalXposure
Keith Saha Co-Artistic Director, 20 Stories High

February 14, 2013 Contact Theatre, Manchester at 7.30pm
Hetain Patel : BE LIKE WATER:

Facilitated by Darren Pritchard, Company Fierce and STUN member

Tuesday February 26, Octagon Theatre, Bolton at 7.30pm
20 Stories High – WHOLE by Philip Osment
with an after-show discussion, including audience development with LGBT groups, leaders and organisations attending, linking in with the local youth service.
Facilitator Gary Everett, Homotopia
Julia Samuels Co-Artistic Director, 20 Stories High

20 Stories High in partnership with Arts Council England, North West; Octagon Theatre, Bolton; Contact Theatre, STUN (Sustained Theatre North West); Homotopia, DaDa Fest; Vital Xposure are running a series of conversations across the North West of England focusing on:

Developing a Theatre network to progress the Creative Case across the region;

Exploring a range of innovative work made and presented by artists from the North West

For Programme details click here

Networking and developing partnerships between smaller and larger arts organisations based in the North West

The Creative Case sets out how diversity and equality can enrich the arts for artists, audiences and the wider society.


Creative Case Conversations – North West is a Theatre-sector led initiative building a greater understanding of the Creative Case and creating a visible and shared commitment to diverse programming; supporting existing and future networks and audience development initiatives.

The February programme will act as a catalyst for discussion, enabling representatives of the Theatre sector to have inspirational and open discussions and debate on the Creative Case for Diversity; to share, discuss and understand the Creative Case.

 A series of 4 conversations, led by the theatre-sector, across the North West of England focusing on:

  • Increasing understanding of the Creative Case amongst NPOs in the Theatre sector
  • Stimulate discussions using innovative work made and presented by artists working in the North West to understand the relationship between creativity and diversity
  • Inspire new networking and developing partnerships of organisations who are committed to the Creative Case and will work to effect change.

The first three conversations will be focused on pieces of work, both theatre and film, facilitated by artists from or who have close connections to the North West of England, bringing together a number of artists, Senior Managers and Board members of the main theatre NPO’s in the North West of England, namely:

 Playhouse and Everyman Theatres, Liverpool

Royal Exchange, Manchester

Contact Theatre, Mancester

Theatre By The Lake, Keswick

Octagon Theatre, Bolton

The Coliseum, Oldham

The Dukes Theatre, Lancaster

Home (Library-Cornerhouse Project)

5th February, 11:00 – 15:30
Central London

What Next? is a growing collective of arts and cultural organisations that meets to promote engagement with and support of the brilliant cultural work that happens day-in day-out up and down the country.  We know many other colleagues are doing the same.

There is a need for new kinds of campaigning, of advocacy and of collaboration. If we act together we can maximise the effectiveness of our resources and contacts and, most importantly, our arguments and ideas.  We can find better ways to communicate to everyone in Britain the power of the arts and culture and the part they play in their lives.

Register your attendance here on the Eventbrite page


PROTECT: young people in the arts, youth and cultural sectors

North West Regional Training Event

Thursday 25th May 2013, 10 am- 3.30 pm

Cornerhouse, Manchester

This regional child protection and safeguarding event is being delivered in partnership with Artswork, the Safe Network and Voluntary Arts.  It is aimed at people working or volunteering with children and young people in the youth, arts and cultural sectors.

Jam-packed with relevant child protection and safeguarding information and advice, this event will help to ensure that you and your organisation are demonstrating best practice in your work with children and young people.

The morning session will include important legislative updates around the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA), the Duty to Refer, the Disclosure and Barring Service and Criminal Record Bureau Checks (CRB). There will also be invaluable guidance on working with and engaging volunteers, as well as safer internet use when working with children and young people.

The afternoon session will offer delegates a choice from two exciting breakout workshops – either Safe Social Networking or Child Protection Policy Writing.

There is a special delegate rate of £50 to attend this event. To book your place on this event, please contact Rachel Hall, Manager, Learning and Skills, Artswork via: 02380 332491 / rachel@artswork.org.uk.

20 Stories High create dynamic, challenging theatre and are passionate about pushing the boundaries of theatre.

Working locally and nationally with a wide and varied range of artists, they have been recognised as offering something different and innovative with our bold renderings of contemporary tales.

WHOLE is a gritty, funny and uncompromising new play for teenagers and young adults- exploring sexuality, love, death and religion, with live music and spoken word.

Last year, 3 teenagers emailed 20 Stories High to ask if they could make a play about their friend Holly. This is how it unravelled…

WHOLE is touring to small-scale national venues and Merseyside schools from Jan – March 2013. Suitable for ages 13+.

Unity Theatre  | Thu 31 Jan – Sat 2 Feb, 7.45pm

The Brindley, Runcorn | Tue 12 Feb, 7.30pm

Octagon Theatre, Bolton | Mon 25 Feb, 7.30pm – Fri 1 Mar

Redbridge Drama Centre, London | Mon 4  – Tue 5 March

Half Moon Theatre, London | Wed 6 March

The Garage, Norwich | Fri 8 March

New Wolsey Studio, Ipswich | Tues 12 — Wed 13 March

The Dukes, Lancaster Moor Lane | Mon 25 March

Contact, Manchester | Thu 28 March

The Clore Leadership Programme is now accepting applications for 2013/14 Fellowships.

The Arts Council is supporting up to eight Fellowships in 2013/14 through the Developing resilient Leadership programme for external candidates. We are specifically funding fellowships for artists, museum, library and arts organisation leaders.

Building a diverse and resilient cultural sector

The Fellowships support the personal and professional development of leaders with the aim of building a diverse and resilient cultural sector.

Fellows take a total of approximately eight months away from work to focus on the programme. A bursary or compensation to their employer of £15,000 is available to all Fellows.

Supporting personal and professional development

The Fellowship Programme supports the personal and professional development of leaders through in-depth learning, tailored to the needs, aspirations and circumstances of around 25 individuals a year, with the aim of building an innovative and resilient cultural sector. Fellows benefit from unparalleled access to senior cultural leaders, a diverse peer group and extensive networks.

Talking of their time on a past fellowship one participant said: ‘The Fellowship helped me to realise and stretch my intellectual capacity, to go out of my comfort zone knowing that I have found a way to manage and thrive in challenging circumstances. I feel excited and inspired by the future.’

Developing Resilient Leadership

The Fellowships supported by Arts Council England in 2013/14 as part of a national programme for developing resilient leadership are:

  • • General Fellowships – open to candidates from a wide range of cultural activity
  • • Artist Fellowship – open to artists from any creative or cultural area, who wish to develop as leaders
  • • Libraries Fellowship – open to individuals with the potential to take on a significant leadership role within Libraries
  • • Two Museums Fellowships – open to individuals with the potential to take on a significant leadership role within Museums

Details of the opportunity and how to apply are available on the Clore Leadership website. The deadline for applications is 5.30pm on 22 February 2013.

Z-arts & Breaking Cycles present


Moss Side. 1976. The year of the Great Heatwave and Pinocchio’s on the run. In a ramshackle shop his father, Elijah the toymaker, waits.

Will Pinocchio ever return to make him proud?

Award-winning director and choreographer Benji Reid joins Z-arts and writer Mary Cooper to produce this fast, funny and magical show for all the family.


Featuring body-popping and puppetry, music and animation this is a retelling of Carlo Collodi’s children’s classic like no other.

Live at LICA

Saturday 8th & Monday 10th December, 2pm & 7pm

www.liveatlica.org, 01524 594151, Lancaster University, Lancaster, LA1 4YW


13th – 22nd December, Matinees & Evenings

www.z-arts.org, 0161 232 6089, Z-arts, 335 Stretford Road, Manchester, M15 5ZA

Burnley Youth Theatre

Saturday 12th January, 2pm

www.burnleyyouththeatre.org, 01282 427767, Queens Park Road, Burnley, BB10 3LB


26 October 2012 – 11 November 2012

This celebration of the suburb’s unique Cultural Identity and independent creativity is now seen as one of Europe’s biggest community festivals, which attracts performers and visitors from all over the UK and Europe. With a host of high profile events which include visits from former Nobel Prize Winners and award winning shows, the festival promises to have something for everyone to enjoy.

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31 international artists who cut, sculpt and manipulate paper, transform this humble material into fantastical works of art.From giant sculptures inspired by far away galaxies that spiral from the wall, explore a walk-through forest of paper trees and marvel at miniature worlds that explode from vintage staple boxes or emerge from the page of a book.
  • Friday 5 October 2012 – Sunday 27 January 2013
  • Manchester Art Gallery
  • FREE

For more information click here

Free Training Event for women interested in getting politically active but don’t know where to start?

Are you a woman from a BME background; refugee/asylum seeker woman, or female migrant?

Frustrated by the lack of BME women in the political arena?

Annoyed by the lack of interest in ‘your’ issues?

For more information click here





30 June 2012 – 24 February 2013

Demon Drink? Temperance and the Working Class

Cost: Free

The Temperance Movement, in which people took the pledge not to drink alcohol, effectively began in the North West and played an important part in the lives of many people in the region.

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Huddersfield-based Balbir Singh Dance Company was recently announced as one of three organisations who will be working with the Royal Opera House in the first year of their ROH Links scheme.


For more information click here

This series of interactive lectures will conclude our say it Loud Programme for 2012.

For 4 Thursdays from the 15th November to the 6th December, Artists and Organisations will come together to inspire you to get involved in your community. From Gardening to Campaigning, from Education to the Police.

Share the issues that concern you and find like-minded people who want to make a difference.

For more information click here

Say-It-Loud-LogoSaturday 27th October – 8-12pm

£5 per person, suitable for ages 16+

A night of poetry, song and music by the Speakeasy open mic jam collective. Performances by local artists inspired by
‘Say It Loud’ themes of motivation and activism. An exciting night is guaranteed.

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Recently Elected STNAT Chair, Ekua Bayunu, meets new partners from China

Sustained Theatre host our friends and partners at the Young China Shines event on the 6th August at the Queens Hall, Clerk St, Edinburgh.

Miselo Kunda, Chair of STUN, Sustained Theatre Up North and Ekua Bayunu, Chair of Sustained Theatre National were pleased to have this opportunity to begin to forge relationships with new potential partners in Scotland and China.

Meeting with Kath Mainland, the Director of the Fringe Festival, Liam Sinclair, Director, MacRobert Theatre, Anita Govern the new Stirling Makar, members of Scottish Operah but most importantly to begin the dialogue with new partners from Beijing and Shanghai.


STUN | Mbari Group presents ‘Say It Loud’
A programme of Black history, arts and debate
Tuesday 2nd October – 7-8.30pm, Free entry!

This event marks the start of ‘Say It Loud’ – a programme of Black history, local history, art, performance, film, walking tours, debate and argument.
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STUN | Mbari Group presents ‘Say It Loud’
A programme of Black history, arts and debate

Tuesday 2nd October – 7-8.30pm, Free entry!

This event marks the start of ‘Say It Loud’ – a programme of Black history, local history, art, performance, film, walking tours, debate and argument.

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music120th October 2012 until 21st October 2012

Location: Lancashire



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