Works Ahead 2022

A sample of new performance.

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Presented by Word of Warning + Contact

Our sampler evening shows a macabre film about how we see others; a one-man work-in-progress about revolution, hope, and our capacity for change; a lo-fi solo symphony of words & movement. Now it’s over, see images from the event.

This year’s selection of work-in-development picks up where we were interrupted in 2020 — showing the now finished live version of Will Dickie’s White Sun (watch his trailer here) alongside a re-imagined development of Ross McCaffrey’s Sometimes history needs a push.

We also commissioned two artists in 2021 — and now present the digital outcome of Helena Ascough’s What A Clown! (watch her short film here), with Jade Williams’ work coming to fruition in 2023.


Pay What You Decide: £10/£5/£0 | Book for Thursday or Friday via Contact

Times: Thursday 26 + Friday 27 May 2022, 7pm
Duration: lasts about 2¼ hrs including interval
Location: Contact, Oxford Rd, Manchester, M15 6JA


Age Advisory: 16+ (parental/guardian discretion).
Content Warnings: may disturb, please click here for specific warnings.
Features: live + recorded speech, projected visuals, choreographed movement.
Covid measures: taking place in Space 1, we anticipate there will be plenty of room, so please feel free to sit where you feel most comfortable. We encourage audience members to wear masks within Contact unless exempt; please get in touch if you have any queries.
Queries: please call Contact on 0161 274 0600 or email


Works Ahead 2022 co-commissioned/co-produced by hÅb + Contact.
Project Mentor: Peader Kirk

Websites · #WorksAhead
 Helena — Facebook · insta helenaascough · @Helena_Ascough
 Ross — insta rocaffrey · @rocaffrey
 Will — · @Will_Dickie

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Performance Programme 2022

Wed 4 May, 8pm. PWYD | The Lowry
Dead Cats
Thu 26 + Fri 27 May, 7pm. PWYD | Contact
Works Ahead 2022
Sat 20 Aug, Noon-4pm. Free | St Ann's Square
Sat 1 Oct, Noon-10pm. PWYD | Contact
Emergency 22