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The Manchester Project 2018: Where We Are

Wed 27 Jun–Sun 22 Jul 2018
  • Home Manchester
  • National Theatre River Stage

Furquan Akhtar
Victoria Brazier
Curtis Cole
Cathy Crabb
Becky Garrod
Gareth George
Becx Harrison
Chris Hoyle
Reuben Johnson
Ian Kershaw
Sarah McDonald Hughes
Anna McDonald Hughes
Becky Prestwich
James Quinn
Andy Sheridan
Samantha Siddall
Eve Steele
Francesca Waite
Lindsay Williams
by Monkeywood Theatre in association with HOME
Directed By Martin Gibbons



Being Mancunian has always been a huge part of Monkeywood’s identity. Now we’re trying to find out what that means…


We’ve commissioned 19 astounding Mancunian writers to write 19 tiny but titanic new plays exploring Manchester and its people. The plays take us from Moss Side to Middleton, Flixton to Failsworth, Droylsden to Didsbury and ask, when we push the clichés aside, what does it really mean to be part of this city?


Specially commissioned for HOME’s PUSH festival, Monkeywood bring The Manchester Project back to HOME’s Theatre 1 ahead of a run at the National Theatre’s River Stage this summer.


The shows at HOME form part of WHERE WE ARE, an exciting double bill with the mighty Take Back Theatre, who are producing Rebekah Harrison’s brand new play This is Where We Are.


Visit our exhibition by photographer David Fawcett who has taken portraits of each writer in the location of their play, on display at HOME.




“Martin Gibbons’ production is spare and simple, wisely letting the words paint the locations.” – The Guardian

★★★★ “A pleasurable and fast 50 minutes” – Northern Soul

“Director Martin Gibbons has done a great job in ensuring variety of style and pace, mixing serious pieces with humour.” – British Theatre Guide

★★★★ “I loved it… This isn’t just a show about the people that have written it, it is about you and me.” – Caught in the Act

“A warm tribute to the city and those who live and work there and in the surrounding area.” – Manchester Theatre Awards

“A heartfelt and funny look at Manchester’s ever-changing landscape of footie, music, marvellous Mancs, and newcomers to the city… Has a quiet intensity due to the wonderful writing and terrific turns.” – I Love Manchester

“Glorious. Like the honey from a bee it is a sticky, messy, sweet and golden stream that glues us together as Mancunians.” – Live Art Alive

“Manchester-based, Manchester-proud Monkeywood Theatre’s theatrical ode to their city… an interesting and quirky idea.” – The Manchester Salon

“Honest and authentic… Thoroughly engaging and entertaining… Terrific.” – Unrestricted Views

  • Wednesday 27 June
    Home Manchester
  • Thursday 28 June
    Home Manchester
  • Saturday 21 July
    National Theatre River Stage
  • Sunday 22 July
    National Theatre River Stage



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