Mark Croasdale

Staying In

Presented by Word of Warning, Contact + STUN in Works Ahead 2019 as a double bill with Avital Raz

In Brief

“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)

Access Information

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 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

Websites | @markcroasdale | #WorksAhead

Performance Programme Spring/Summer 2019

Thu 28 Feb, 8pm (doors 7.30) PWYD | NIAMOS
The Rave Space
Wed 20 Mar, 8pm. PWYD | The Lowry
Baby Face
Sat 27 Apr, 12noon-3pm. FREE | Z-arts
Haphazard 2019
Thu 16 + Fri 17 May, 7.30pm. PWYD | STUN Studio
Works Ahead 2019
Wed 29 May, 8pm. PWYD | The Lowry
The Forecast
(PWYD indicates you Pay What You Decide.)