Kellie Colbert

Dedicated To The One I Love

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Updated 8 February 2024

Presented by Word of Warning + Contact in Works Ahead 2023

And tell all the stars above. This is dedicated to the one I love.
(Love can never be exactly like we want it to be.)

An exploration of love, betrayal, and care — an autobiographical performance that aims to create a safe space as Kellie confronts the fears of being alone, longing for an artificial connection to transfer her to reality.

Dedicated To The One I Love is an exposing and relatable performance that challenges and defies the suffocating truth we sometimes refuse to believe.


Kellie is a Greater Manchester-based performance maker. She would describe herself as an autobiographical artist, who creates work that is honest, relatable, and at times self-critical. Kellie uses spoken word and symbolism to explore memories, often focusing on themes of mental health and feminism. She aims to create performance that is both self-exposing and empathetic.

Kellie has collaborated with Eggs Collective, and has been commissioned by NIAMOS & (in)sane Mcr as part of the Starvin Artists project, and by Breakdown Bolton to create short performance videos to raise mental health awareness.

Her biggest accomplishment to date is publicly debuting Root, an intimate performance video that explores & exposes trichotillomania — it went on to be supported by HabitAware, a company who aims to raise awareness for Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviours.


Left with a lasting impression of how difference can be embraced.
 — Buxton Fringe Review on Root
Succeeds in helping the viewer appreciate the difficulty of living with compulsion and deserves a wider audience.
 — British Theatre Guide on Root
One word — Powerful!
 — Audience Feedback on Root
Heart touching, powerful, and sensitive.
 — Audience Feedback on Root
A beautiful exploration of isolation and anxiety.
 — Audience Feedback on Social Butterfly


Pay What You Decide: £15/£10/£5/£0
Book: Thursday/Friday via Contact or call 0161 274 0600

Times: Thursday 18 + Friday 19 May 2023, 7.30pm
Duration: event lasts up to 2 hours including interval/s.
NB Kellie presents alongside Christian Asare & Jade Williams in Works Ahead 2023, with all three works shown in the same order each night.
Location: Contact, Oxford Rd, Manchester, M15 6JA


Age Advisory: 16+ (parental/guardian discretion).
Content Warnings: some works may disturb, please click here.
Features: three contemporary performance works with varied content.
Queries: please call Contact on 0161 274 0600 or email


Works Ahead is a project developed out of the old Method Lab & SeedFund schemes which hÅb ran with greenroom until 2011. Since 2012 it has offered over thirty-five small, supported, work-in-development commissions for artists selected from the previous year’s Emergency platform and/or other events. Support includes mentoring and a public showing of the next stage of the work, in partnership with Contact… Kellie is presented alongside two other artists.


Audio: Falling in Love from Divine Madness by Alan Watts
Music: Dedicated to the One I Love by The Mamas & the Papas, You Don’t Own Me by Lesley Gore, Sunken City by Les Baxter, Golden Square by Warrington-Runcorn New Town Development Plan

Works Ahead 2023 commissioned by hÅb + Contact; produced by hÅb.
Project Mentor: Peader Kirk · Thanks to Keisha Thompson & Tania Camara.


Insta · @imKellieColbert · #WorksAhead

NB Contact’s website changed on 9 May & links to their site have been updated.

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Performance Programme 2023

Fri 10 Mar, 7pm. PWYD | Contact
Turn 2023
Wed 3 May, 8pm. PWYD | The Lowry
Unnatural Cycles
— A Ghost Story
Thu 18 + Fri 19 May, 7.30pm. PWYD | Contact
Works Ahead 2023
Sat 22 Jul, Noon-3pm. FREE | Z-arts
Haphazard 2023
Sat 30 Sep, Noon-10pm. PWYD | Contact
Emergency 23