Contact Theatre, Manchester

Contact Theatre, Manchester

Contact Theatre, located in Manchester, is a lively arts organization that has been supporting young artistic talent since it was established in 1972. It operates from its original building on Devas Street in Chorlton-on-Medlock, conveniently close to the University of Manchester's School of Education and Department of Drama.

Originally named Manchester Young People's Theatre, the theatre was founded by Barry Sheppard, who was then the General Manager of Manchester University Theatre, and Hugh Hunt, a Professor of Drama at the University of Manchester. Their goal was to provide a platform for young people to engage with and learn about the arts. Contact's establishment represented a significant commitment to youth arts education and participation.

In 1999, the venue underwent a major renovation led by architect Alan Short and Associates, transforming it into an arts center tailored for young audiences. This redesign introduced innovative architectural features and improved performance spaces, including a main auditorium seating 320 people and a smaller 80-seat studio in a distinctive new turret. Further renovations in 2022 by Sheppard Robson focused on improving energy efficiency and modernizing facilities while preserving the original design.

The theatre hosts a diverse range of performances and creative activities, including dance, music, poetry, spoken word, hip-hop, and visual arts. It not only presents touring productions but also supports in-house creations through partnerships with young artists.

One of Contact's key initiatives is "Contacting The World," an international project launched in 2002. This project brings together young artists from around the world to collaborate on new theatrical works, culminating in a Festival Week held each July. This event underscores Contact's position as a global leader in youth theatre, highlighting its dedication to cultural exchange and innovative artistic expression.

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Sight Name: Contact Theatre
Sight Location: Manchester, England (See walking tours in Manchester)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark

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