The Lowry announces Contemporary Season programme for Spring 2024

The Lowry has announced details of its upcoming Contemporary Season for Spring 2024, featuring new gig theatre, new plays, immersive theatre experiences, dance, comedy, and physical performances.

The Full Programme Includes:

A Citizens’ Assembly – Thu 18 Jan

What  are we doing about the climate emergency? What are we not doing? What more could we be doing? What more should we be doing? Be part of the story and join the debate with  A  Citizens’  Assembly,  a  new work by acclaimed theatre maker  Andy Smith created in collaboration with  applied  arts practitioner Lynsey O’Sullivan. Part of  a  series of works called Plays For The People: plays to be read  and discussed by the  audience who  are present. 

If  it’s to Break  – Wed 24 Jan

Devised by  Bitterroot, If  it’s to Break  is a dark, atmospheric exploration into the self-reflective nature of art.  Chris Richards’ original composition scores the challenges of finding contentment beneath societal pressures as the piece twists further into the insanity of the human mind.

The House – Tues 30 Jan

The House by Sofie Krog Theater, one of Denmark’s leading puppet theatres, tells the story of the Warehouse Family Funeral Home. On her deathbed the undertaker changes her last will and testament, a secret begins to unravel and an evil plan is formed. Sofie Krog and David Faraco lead you behind closed doors and into rooms that hide unspeakably dark deeds.

Skydiver – Sat 24 Feb

Little Big Dance presents Skydiver by Greek dance artist, dramaturg and director Xenia Aidonopoulou. Prepare to soar through the fluffy clouds where flocks of birds and butterflies flutter. Explore the dream-like world that waits above us, in this multi-sensory dance experience for families. Take your little ones on a magical journey with Skydiver and experience how movement, sound and stunning visuals bring whimsical characters to life in an enchanting encounter in the skies. Age recommendation 3-5 years. 

Jonny & The Baptists: The Happiness Index / Ten Thankless Years –  Sat 2 & Sun 3 Mar

A double bill of two shows in one night, from cult multi-award winning musical-comedians Jonny & The Baptists. A brand new hour of songs and stories about why we are (or are not) happy; and a retrospective of our first decade making riotous, satirical (and silly) “work”.

Marco D’Agostin – Best Regards – Tue 5 Mar

Best Regards, by Italian dancer and choreographer Marco D’Agostin, is a touching tribute to his late mentor, the irrepressible and radical performer, Nigel Charnock. It’s a letter written to someone who will never answer. A dance in the shadow (or light) of Charnock – pioneering performer and co-founder of British dance company, DV8 Physical Theatre. Best Regards  is an exercise in memory. It’s an invitation to the audience to consider: what would you write to someone who will never read your words? It’s D’Agostin’s way of saying: ”Dear N, I wanted to be too much too”.

Being Human: Lisa Simpson & Susan Kempster – Wed 20 Mar

Liverpool-based choreographer Lisa Simpson creates an emotionally-charged duet for bodies very different from her own. Using her unique choreographic practice and told through expressive physical dance by Freya Davis and Nathan Keenoo, Being Human is an exploration into connection, isolation, self-sufficiency and dependency. In Susan Kempster’s work, Pip Duke and Harry Wilson weave in and out of each other in close proximity. Are they one or two people? Who is who?  With over 30 years difference in age between them, the choreographer explores with tenderness how different bodies express age and memory and challenge what we read into appearances.   

WATCH IT! – Fri 22 Mar

In quite possibly her last-ever show Wendy Houstoun teams up with Kate Champion (Australia) and Hannes Langolf (UK, Germany) to create a personal and irreverent solo. More stand up than dance around WATCH IT! takes an entertaining look at questions of identity, personal truth and political ideology in a ridiculous Game Show for One.

AlleyneDancepresents FarFrom Home – Tues 26 – Wed 27 Mar

FarFrom Home is a new dance productionthatexplores the topic of immigration and the consequences of the search for a better life. Performed by 6 professional dance artists and a supporting cast made up of non-professional movers recruited from the local community,the performance ensemble will highlight theemotional and mental stresses of migrant families, as well as the impact on communities where migrants settle, as we unpick the meaning of tolerance and practice of integration.

FADE – Thu 4 & Fri 5 April

FADE by writer and theatre maker Alice Christina Corrigan (Past Life) features dynamic new writing, integrated creative access and original music to tell a nuanced story of family life and what happens when the past and present finally meet to reveal the true nature of coming home. Commissioned as part of ‘Developed With The Lowry’ with additional support from Arts Council England, Leeds Playhouse & Theatre Deli Sheffield.

Handful of Nothing – Thu 2 May

Handful of Nothing by physical performer Tilly Lee-Kronick is a semi-autobiographical exploration of how we react when confronted with challenge and uncertainty, with questions of our worth and weight. Using unusual aerial on bespoke equipment, spoken text, contemporary dance and an original score, Tilly will give you an insight into the place of limbo in which she often finds herself.

Polly, John Gay‘s banned sequel to The Beggar’s Opera is ripped apart in this viciously satirical, unashamedly sexy, very funny dissection of love, loss and revenge, with songs inspired by Peaches, Britney and Nina Simone. From Marie Hamilton (Madonna On The Rocks) in collaboration with Fringe First award-winning director Stephanie Kempson (Breathless, The Good The Bad and The Coyote Ugly), with a score by Cameron Macintosh award winner Ben Osborn.

Kiss Marry Kill – Fri 10 – Sun 12 May

Dante or Die present Kiss Marry Kill an electrifying and intimate story of love and redemption. Inspired by real-life events, Kiss Marry Kill is a provocative new play that reimagines the first same-sex wedding in a UK prison. Take a seat on a prison bed and prepare for the action to take place in front, above, and around you – in signature Dante or Die style. Kiss Marry Kill is commissioned by The Lowry, South Street Reading & Ideas Test, with support from Norwich Theatre Royal & Stone Nest. This offsite touring production is taking place at Halle St Peters in Ancoats, Manchester.

Karrasekare – Wed 22 May

Karrasekare by Igor x Moreno is a new work that is inspired by pagan carnival traditions from Sardinia and the Basque Country. It revisits pre-Christian rituals, celebrates the flesh and creates free, fluid and queer identities using traditional rhythms.  The work rubs against our sense of prudishness and channels the energy of a folk. Igor x Moreno is the name under which the works created by choreographers Igor Urzelai and Moreno Solinas – in collaboration with an extended group of artists based across Europe – are presented. They use choreography and mostly non-verbal languages to create experiences which can surprise, energise and unsettle. Igor x Moreno’s works have toured extensively in Europe and also in North and South America, Africa and Asia.

Additional Productions:

This is all in addition to The Lowry partner companies Ockham’s Razor bringing classic literature and circus together in Tess; a groundbreaking adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s classic novel Tess of the D’Urbervilles (Wed 14 – Sat 17 Feb), and Rambert’s brilliant and daring dancers with Deathtrap (Thu 18 – Sat 20 Apr). Plus, Anusthan, a celebration of Neo-Classical Indian dance and music featuring a cast of talented British Asian dance artists who have trained with Pagrav Dance Company (Tue 09 Jan), imitating the dog’s multimedia exploration of Frankenstein (Tue 12 – Thu 14 Mar), and the mesmerizing new work Mehek by Aakash Odedra Company and Aditi Mangaldas Dance Company (Tue 16 Apr).

For more information and to book tickets visit thelowry.com

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