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  • Writer's pictureSTEVE COOKE AATA


By Steve Cooke

Three challenging innovative live theatre experiences to look forward to at HOME Manchester are JUMBIE, The House with Chicken legs and Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

Wed 23 – Sat 26 Mar 2022 (Theatre 2)

JUMBIE, an interdisciplinary performance created by a Black queer ensemble is a ‘ritual for our sickened times’. Rooted in the history and culture of Montserrat, the Jumbie dance calls on the spirits of the dead to cure illness, solve personal problems, and redress social injustice. A night of feasting and music in which anything might happen. JUMBIE revives the traditional dance but from a contemporary queer perspective. Led by provocative and playful artist Jamal Gerald and an ensemble who invite you to a night of ‘sensual revelry’.

£12.50 / concessions available

(15% early bird discount bookings before 15 Jan 2022)

Tue 29 Mar – Sat 23 Apr 2022 (Theatre 1)

The House with Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson [Age recommendation 9+]

The House with the Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson tells the story of Marinka, who dreams of a normal life, where she can stay somewhere long enough to make friends; but there’s one problem - her house has chicken legs and moves on without warning. A beautiful, engaging, and thought-provoking story that deftly navigates the complexities of grief and loss against the backdrop of growing up and fitting in.

£10 – £24 / Under 18’s £10 - £18 / concessions available

(15% early bird discount bookings before 15 Jan 2022)

Wed 27 Apr – Wed 11 May 2022 (Theatre 1)

Hedwig and the Angry Inch, a euphoric night on the rock ‘n’ roll rollercoaster with singer Hedwig – a hedonistic genderqueer anti-heroine seemingly hellbent on destruction. This darkly humorous self-love story, powered by a live band, epic rock-inspired music, and hard-hitting lyrics, explores gender identity, acceptance, and the freedom to be whoever you want to be. This multi-Tony award-winning musical breaks all the rules – challenging us all to create a world where everyone is valued, and everyone is loved.

£10 – £24 / concessions available

(15% early bird discount bookings before 15 Jan 2022)

Dave Moutrey, Director and CEO of HOME, says: “I’m delighted to be announcing such an exciting programme of contemporary theatre for 2022. Presenting a season of such high-quality co-commissions and co-productions is a true reflection of HOME’s approach to collaboration and it is a huge pleasure to be working with such incredible partners and talented artists from across the North-West and nationally. There is a huge diversity of work across the programme, which give us the opportunity to welcome a wide range of audiences to HOME – to be entertained, to reflect, to be challenged and to find hope and joy.”

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