50 Hours of Freedom

14 Jul 2023

50 Hours of Freedom
14 Jul 2023
Space 1, Contact, Oxford Road, Manchester M15 6JA
Standard Tickets £20
Under 35 £15
Affordable Tickets £10

Age Guidance: 14+, under 16s to be accompanied by an adult aged 18+
Running time: 60 minutes.

Accessibility features available for this event: Wheelchair Access Assistive Hearing

Celebrating International Non-Binary People’s Day with a creative lock-in at Contact

In celebration of International Non-Binary People's Day 2023, Contact and Manchester International Festival brought together three local, non-binary artists to create a new piece of work.

This year, Contact is celebrating its 50-year anniversary. So, the artists had 50 hours to make their new piece. During the 50-hour lock-in in the Contact building, our local non-binary trio were given a brief from award-winning international artist, Danez Smith. They then shared this new work with a live audience.

Following the performance of their new piece, audiences experienced a live reading from Danez and a post-show discussion with Contact’s Artistic Director and CEO, Keisha Thompson, spilling all those juicy secrets from their time in the Contact castle.

Image: Hieu Minh Nguyen


Produced by Contact in association with Factory International for Manchester International Festival.

Access Information

The full address of the venue is Contact, Space 1, Oxford Rd, Manchester M15 6JA

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Box Office and Bar and Cafe are accessible and situated on the Ground Floor and all performance spaces have wheelchair access. Lift access and accessible toilet facilities are available throughout the building.

Wheelchair spaces are available across all performances.

Contact provides seats measurements as follows:

  • Central seating bank chairs are 50.5cm wide with immovable armrests that are shared with the seats on either side. There is 28cm depth of legroom.
  • Boxes, which line either side of the auditorium, are 208cm wide, have no armrests, and have 44cm depth of legroom. These are sold as seats for 3 people, which allows 69cm width for each person.
  • Contact details if seats are not appropriate: 0161 274 0600

Accessible toilet facilities are available on the ground floor, 1st floor and 2nd floor.

Assistant dogs are welcome at Contact, we ask that they have some formal identification in the form of a branded jacket or lead slip.

50 Hours of Freedom was captioned.

Space 1 auditorium is equipped with an induction hearing loop.

Level 2 has a dedicated ‘Contemplation Room’ that can be available if requested.

There was the potential for explicit language and mentions of transphobia and homophobia.

Further information about accessibility can be found on Contacts website.

Travel Information

The closest stations to Contact are:

Manchester Oxford Road station: 0.9 miles

Manchester Piccadilly station: 1.2 miles

St Peter’s Square tram: 1.2 miles

Click on the links above to find detailed access information for each station.

From these stations you can take a bus or short taxi ride to Contact.

Contact is served by the following buses: 15, 18, 41, 42, 42A, 42B, 42C, 43, 111, 142, 143, 191, 197, 217, 797, 53 Orbits, V1 Vantage, V2 Vantage and V4 Vantage.

Buses run every few minutes on Oxford Road from the City Centre. The closest stop is near to Manchester Academy, which is 0.1 mile from Contact.

There are a limited number of covered bike stands at venue, as well as a free bicycle maintenance station.

There are over 100 bike parking spaces outside Stopford Building, Oxford Rd, Manchester M13 9PT

Contact does not have its own car park.

Car parks close to Contact are: The University of Manchester car park on Cecil Street, which is 0.2 miles from Contact, and Q-Park Manchester Hospitals, which is 0.5 miles away.

The car park adjacent to Contact is for permit holders only.

If you require an access parking space please contact Contact’s Box Office team on boxoffice@contactmcr.com or 0161 274 0600.

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