Stacy Makishi

Vesper Time

Presented by Contact + Word of Warning

In Brief

A characteristically quirky, subversive sermon of soul searching, humour + absurd home truths… See Stacy talk about Vesper Time on YouTube.

Now that it’s over, read QuietManDave’s review.

Venue + Booking Details

Dates: Tuesday 17 + Wednesday 18 November 2015, 8pm
Venue: Contact (space 1), Oxford Road, Manchester, M15 6JA
Tickets: £13/7 | Special offer: buy nine tickets + get your tenth free.
Box Office Tel: 0161 274 0600

Access Information

Age advisory: 16+ With no interval, the show lasts approximately 75 minutes (NB revised duration). Primarily English spoken word, contains material some audience members may find offensive. Wednesday 18 November’s performance is BSL interpreted. For specific age and access information please email or call 0161 232 6086.


Last seen in 2013’s performance to die for, Stacy Makishi returns to Manchester in a solo show that draws on her stand-up comedy roots and theatrical sense of the uncanny… Looking at loss and mourning, and Stacy’s one-time wish to be a missionary, Vesper Time weaves together the undercurrents of Moby Dick alongside 80s and 90s pop culture to offer up a ‘vesper’, a secular evening prayer.

Who is she?

Stacy Makishi is a transplant from Hawaii who found paradise in Dalston, East London in 1994.

After graduating from the University of Hawaii she worked as a stand-up comic at the Comedy Store: but when her punchlines punched back, Stacy found herself happiest when making what New Yorkers called ‘Performance’.

Her present body of work is interdisciplinary in scope and includes live art, film, installation and visual art. Her work is as complex as it is accessible; humorous as it is challenging; visual as it is literate.

A workshop leader and mentor of international renown, Makishi opens her making processes to the public through workshops, open rehearsals and talks, alongside performances.

She has been awarded an ICA Attached Artist Award, a Millennium Fellowship Award, a Live Art Development Agency One to One Bursary, an Artsadmin Bursary and the Franklin Furnace Award. She is an Associate Artist with Artsadmin, Chelsea Theatre and New Unity.

What people have said about Vesper Time

…charismatically witty yet painful and honest…
Total Theatre
…genuinely moving…
A Younger Theatre
A newer review from Total Theatre (with spoilers!).

Workshop: Killing Time

Stacy is leading a workshop with Divergency at Contact, open to all artists willing to try out new ideas and walk out into the unknown. Join her and find out how to move faster than you think, write quicker than edit, and create faster than critique! A two-hour workshop for anyone who’s interested in learning about devising and performance.

At Contact on Wednesday 18 November from 2.30pm to 4.30pm and suitable for over 16s, workshop tickets cost £10/6: book online or call 0161 274 0600.


Developed with the support of the National Theatre Studio; a Chelsea Theatre + Colchester Arts Centre co-commission; supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England; produced by Artsadmin.


Performance Programme Autumn/Winter 2015

Domestic II
24 — 26 Sep, 7.30pm. £5 (Fri 25 sold-out)
Fri 25 Sep, 7pm + 10pm. £3 (both sold-out)
Sat 26 Sep, 12noon-5pm. FREE, no need to book
Sat 3 Oct, 12noon-10pm. FREE | Z-arts
Emergency 2015
Thu 22 Oct, 8pm. £5 | STUN Studio at Z-arts
Body of Light
Tue 17 + Wed 18 Nov, 8pm. £13/7 | Contact
Vesper Time