“Young, gay, fabulous — it’s all about being out and going out… isn’t it?”
Fuelled by internalised homophobia and beset by social anxiety, Mark agonises over the ‘correct’ way to be a ‘good gay’, to be himself, and to connect with others. All he wants to do is invite you out… for a good night in.
Venue + Booking Details
Dates: Thursday 16 + Friday 17 May 2019, 7.30pm
Venue: STUN Studio at Z-arts, 335 Stretford Road, Manchester, M15 5ZA
Tickets: available to reserve via Contact, Pay What You Decide (cash only) in person on the evening.
Box Office tel: 0161 274 0600 (Contact, weekdays 10am–6pm) NB: on 16+17 May, online booking closes at 5pm, with in-person booking available from 6.30pm at STUN Studio.
Enquiries: 0161 232 6086 (Word of Warning office)
PLEASE NOTE: both works contain adult themes, the content of which may cause distress — please speak to a member of Word of Warning or Contact front of house staff before the event if you have any concerns.
Age advisory: 18+ Duration: the double bill will last up to a maximum of 2 hours, including an interval. Both works are largely spoken English; there is some use of flashing light and glycerine vapour. For specific age and access information before the event please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0161 232 6086.
Exploring the social pressures impacting young gay men, Staying In examines identity, anxiety and internalised homophobia through psychology, physical theatre and a good dose of absurdity.
How can we connect when words fail us? Can performance be the answer?
Who is he?
Made in Manchester, Mark Croasdale is a theatre maker and performance artist interested in human psychology, human history and the humour of being human.
Mark’s practice seeks to fuse different art forms — making unique experiences which surprise, delight and perhaps unnerve audiences. His work includes immersive audio installations (Anonymous, Sydney, 2014), theatre (Blink, Salford, 2015), and site-specific pop-ups (Letters From Egypt, The National Trust, 2017).
What people have said about his work
• Captivating, emotional, I was left wanting more.
• No ordinary piece. Not for everyone, but important.
• Relevant to anyone who’s ever felt nervous.
Audience Feedback on Staying In (work-in-progress)
A lively and charming production. — Manchester Theatre Awards on Blink
Staying In is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. Thanks to Anthony Gray + Tom Hogan.
Works Ahead 2019 is co-commissioned/co-produced by hÅb, Contact + STUN (Sustained Theatre Up North). Project Mentor: Peader Kirk