Ross McCaffrey

Sometimes history needs a push

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Presented by Word of Warning + Contact in Works Ahead 2022

This is a story about the power of the state. A story about the power of ordinary people. A story about hope. And it’s all made up.

In a country not unlike this one, society feels like it’s breaking down. After what seems like a series of unprecedented, catastrophic events, three people take matters into their own hands — and make plans for revolution.

If people seized political power for themselves, what would they do with it?

An interactive work-in-progress about how we make sense of the world — with remote-controlled cars, house parties, and a chaotic courtroom.


A Manchester-based theatre-maker + musician, Ross makes work that centres around people, power, and what makes us tick. A founding member of theatre company Powder Keg (winners of the Hodgkiss Award 2016), he has toured nationally + internationally with The Javaad Alipoor Company, and is a CYC alumnus. Past collaborations include Gob Squad, Daniel Bye, Stacy Makishi.


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

Times: Thursday 26 + Friday 27 May 2022, 7pm
Show duration: about 45 mins · Works Ahead 2022 duration: about 2¼ hrs
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


Written + performed by Ross McCaffrey
Dramaturgy + mentoring by Peader Kirk
Additional dramaturgical support by Emmy Lahouel, Josh Coates, James Varney
Special thanks to Emma Geraghty, Caitlin Gleeson, Luke McDonnell, Ali Wilson
Co-commissioned by hÅb + Contact.
Supported by the overwhelming generosity of crowdfunder backers.

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


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Performance Programme 2022

Wed 4 May, 8pm. PWYD | The Lowry
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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
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