Works Ahead 2018

Annual new performance sampler.

Presented by Word of Warning, Contact + STUN

Thursday 17 + Friday 18 May 2018, 7.30pm

Our annual sampler of new performance is a double bill of new works in development from Emma Geraghty + Vijay Patel: a girl and a guitar, a boy and a box of questions… An evening unpicking the complexity of identity and celebrating the difference. Now that it’s over, see images from the event, and read a review by The State of The Arts.

Emma Geraghty

A girl, a guitar, and a message of hope… Fat Girl Singing is an anthem of self-acceptance and a call to arms for those who simply don’t fit the model.

Vijay Patel

How do we leave? Why do we leave? Should we leave? Is the thought of leaving more worrying than the act? Sometimes I Leave unravels the inner workings of the Asperger’s mind — before making a dash for the door…

Please note — The Hidden Pin-up will no longer appear during the interval for logistical reasons.

To get a feel for Works Ahead 2018, have a look at 2017’s programme.

Works Ahead is also seed-commissioning Jamal Gerald’s Complexion — exploring the historic experiences of the house and the field slaves; and drawing a parallel with contemporary pop culture and attitudes to race. Being developed for 2019 in partnership with Transform in Leeds.

Venue + Booking Details

Dates: Thursday 17 May 2018, 7.30pm (Friday 18 May 2018, 7.30pm: sold-out)
Venue: STUN Studio at Z-arts, 335 Stretford Road, Manchester, M15 5ZA
Tickets: £7/4 (Z-arts charge 5% online or telephone transaction fees)
Box Office Tel: 0161 232 6089 (Z-arts)

Access Information

Age advisory: 14+ (parental/guardian discretion). Duration: the double bill will last up to 2½ hours, including an interval (running order tbc). Both works largely spoken English; Emma’s work also includes bad language + live music. For specific age and access information please email or call 0161 232 6086.

What people have said about Works Ahead

A cathartic, funny and brutally honest show about bodies, particles and the universe.
Afronalysis (2017 review)
Maybe not what you’d regard as traditional ‘theatre’, but compelling nonetheless …make you think that anything could happen in the performance space.
QuietManDave (2016 review)
Brilliant platform for emerging talent.
• Great to see new work by younger artists.
• Brilliant works in progress, varied and interesting.
• I enjoyed both shows even though they were very different. I look forward to seeing how they develop.

Audience feedback from 2017/16/15


Works Ahead 2018 is co-commissioned/co-produced by hÅb, Contact + STUN (Sustained Theatre Up North); supported using public funding by Arts Council England. Project Mentor: Peader Kirk

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Works Ahead 2018

Thu 17 May, 7.30pm (Fri 18 May sold-out). £7/4 | STUN Studio at Z-arts
Works Ahead 2018