HOME, MANCHESTER’S LARGEST MULTI-ARTS VENUE, ARE LAUNCHING A MASSIVE TEMPORARY OUTDOOR ARTS SPACE THIS SUMMER. THE NEW SPACE, NAMED HOMEGROUND WILL BE LOCATED ON AN 80,000FT2 FUTURE DEVELOPMENT SITE ON FIRST STREET, JUST NEXT TO HOME.
It will feature a 400-seat socially distanced theatre space: the specially designed and purpose built, Covid-safe outdoor theatre. At the heart will be two magical, musical productions of classics: Filter Theatre’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and a brand-new version of Alice in Wonderland.
The new venue opens on Friday, 28 May, and run throughout the summer. It will also host work by partners including Frog & Bucket, Contact and Trans Creative, as well as music, cabaret, and comedy.
The project will create 450 new employment opportunities for freelance artists and creative practitioners, supporting the freelance economy which has been so badly hit by the coronavirus pandemic.
Thanks to generous support from partners, tickets for the two HOME productions will be just £10 for adults and £5 for children. HOME will also be offering free performances for school groups.
Tickets will go on sale on Tuesday 20 April, with early booking available for HOME Friends and members.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream will open on Thursday, 3 June and run until Saturday, 26 June. The show is the third successful collaboration between Filter and Sean Holmes, following the success of Three Sisters and Twelfth Night.
Featuring original music from members of The London Snorkeling Team, this remixed and reworked version of Shakespeare’s tale of young lovers and warring fairies is given a unique and irreverent twist.
Then later this summer, HOME presents a brand-new version of Alice in Wonderland – written by Stockroom and directed by Lekan Lewal. It will be presented in association with Stockroom Productions.
An up-to-date take on the family favourite, the show features new and contemporary Manchester songs, it opens on Thursday, 15 July and runs until Saturday, 7 August.
Alongside the main performance programme, there will be a free stage in the food and drink terrace. The Manchester Stage will have a different curator from the city every week, including Manchester Folk Festival, Contact, and DJ slots curated by DJ Paulette.
There will also be food and drink from stallholders including Black Market Espresso, Brazilico pizza, Wolf to the Door cocktails and Tibetan Kitchen.
More shows and events will be announced over the coming months.