Manchester arts centre HOME is resuming live theatre performances from October.
Kicking off with three world premieres and the return of critically-acclaimed artists, the First Street venue is returning with a robust programme of arts and culture.
Performances have been at a standstill since lockdown measures were put in place in March. They will now be returning with a reduced capacity, the venue’s 500-capacity auditorium will now be seating just 120 as part of a new socially-distanced format.
The new arrangement will play host to smaller shows which, under normal circumstances, would usually be held in the venue’s second, smaller space – Theatre Two. Theatre Two will remain closed until further notice.
Despite the capacity cuts, HOME is keeping the arts affordable and accessible, in the current climate, with tickets priced at just £10.
Alongside the relaunch of HOME’s live performance calendar, the venue’s cinema will reopen from Friday 4th September with a range of exciting new partnerships, restored classic movies and new releases available to enjoy. Accompanied with a whole load of safety procedures and an extensive film list that picks up where it left off.
Discussing the reopening, Dave Moutrey, HOME’s Director and CEO, said: “Following the incredible response to our opening weekend announcement, I’m pleased to be able to unveil a theatre season starting in October that includes brand new work, boundary-pushing ideas and some of our favourite artists.
“Much has changed since we closed in March, but we must do all we can to bridge the potential growth in social inequality as a result of this pandemic. This is why, despite limited capacity due to social distancing, we will make every ticket available for no more than £10. In addition, we will give equal weight to delivering work online, to ensure that audiences who cannot return just yet can still engage with new, relevant work.”
“The international social and political fabric has been ripped apart in the period since we closed, and it is more important than ever that we provide a platform for great art to reflect this. We are proud to be presenting every one of these works, old and new.”
For those who still aren’t ready to return to a live environment, the popular space will continue to offer a dose of culture and creativity, digitally.
To find out more about upcoming performances and the cinema criteria please visit homemcr.org.