Works Ahead


Annual sample of new performance.

Updated 4 Mar 2022

Works Ahead is a project developed out of the old Method Lab and SeedFund schemes hÅb ran with greenroom until 2011.
Since 2012 it has offered 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

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2012

The first Works Ahead was a new partnership at Contact (as a Re:Con co-production), featuring a night of performances in May from Gareth Cutter, Lowri Evans + Krissi Musiol, and an evening of interactions in June from Angel Club (north), Fallen Wall Arts, Julieann O’Malley + Small Acts… See images.

2013

Our second Works Ahead took place at Contact in May, with a night of work that moved you from 70/30 Split, Kitty Graham, Joseph Lau + Ellen Turner (winner of the 2012 Turn Prize), and a night of work that spoke to you from Lena Simic, Façade Theatre + Wayne Steven Jackson… See images.

2014

Our third Works Ahead took place at Contact in May, with a triple bill of work that delved into the mindset of the performer from Lindsay Bennett, Paul O’Donnell, and SheepKnuckle… See images.

2015

Our fourth Works Ahead took place at Contact in April, with a double bill from two young male artists questioning manliness in this digitised, disembodied, discombobulated era: Nathan Birkinshaw and Jamil Keating… See images.

2016

Our fifth Works Ahead took place at Contact in June, with two very different double bills from four artists at different stages in their careers: Terri Donovan and Afreena Islam, and Top Joe and Lucy McCormick… See images.

2017

Our sixth Works Ahead took place in May, with two nights at two venues featuring three artists: Tom Cassani and Toni-Dee Paul’s double bill at Contact, and Chanje Kunda in STUN Studio at Z-arts… See images.

2018

Our seventh Works Ahead took place at STUN Studio in May, with a double bill from two artists at the start of their journeys; a girl and a guitar, a boy and a box of questions: Emma Geraghty and Vijay Patel… See images.
We also seed-commissioned Jamal Gerald’s new work for development in partnership with Transform in Leeds; Idol was planned to show at Royal Exchange Theatre in March 2020 but cancelled due to Covid-19.

2019

Our eighth Works Ahead took place at STUN Studio in May, with a double bill featuring two explorations of inner conflict, outer division, and the politics of oppression from artists Mark Croasdale and Avital Raz… See images.

2020

Our ninth Works Ahead was planned as a sited double bill at NIAMOS in May from artists Will Dickie and Ross McCaffrey — Will adapted his work for livestreaming, which was broadcast in May; Ross postponed sharing his work until it could be shown to a physical audience, which will happen in 2022.

2021

Commissions were awarded with Contact to artists Helena Ascough and Jade Williams for them to develop their ideas for future presentation…

2022

Our tenth Works Ahead takes place at Contact in May — picking up where we were interrupted in 2020 to show Will Dickie’s finished live work alongside Ross McCaffrey’s re-imagined development, plus Helena Ascough’s digital outcome from 2021. Jade Williams’ work will come to fruition in 2023.

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