Free Your Mind

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13 Oct - 5 Nov 2023

Factory International


Standard Tickets £20, £25, £30, £40
Affordable Tickets £10, £12.50, £15, £20
A maximum of 4 tickets per person applies.

We’re putting art in the heart of Manchester, within reach of everyone; and have affordable options including £10 tickets for those on limited incomes.

For information about who qualifies for £10 and affordable tickets, visit our Affordable Ticketing Policy page.

For information on Access tickets and how to book Personal Assistant discounted tickets, visit our How to Book Access Tickets

The audience will be asked to move around the building, and to stand up for a significant period of time during this performance - there will be alternative access arrangements in place for anyone who is unable to do this.

Please choose the type of access ticket that best fits your needs, and we will share detailed information about the access provisions closer to the event.

Over 12's only. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult over 18.

Book Tickets

World-first dance adaptation reimagines classic sci-fi film The Matrix as a thrilling mass performance. Especially created for the opening of Factory International, we have affordable tickets from £10; so everyone can get involved.

In 1999, we were offered a simple choice: red pill or blue pill? Blissful ignorance in a simulated world or a chance to follow the rabbit hole wherever it goes…

The Matrix made us question reality. What is “human”? Who is really in control? When will we wake up, see through the illusion and step into the unknown?

Since then, internet corporations have exerted huge influence in daily life – shaping public opinion, swaying our interactions with others and tracking our movements.

Now the Metaverse is about to engulf us. Is this progress or system failure? Could we break free?

Combining the hip-hop choreography of hundreds of dancers with the latest immersive design, Free Your Mind will take audiences on a thrilling journey through The Matrix and into a new realm of possibilities.

Factory International’s first world premiere and official opening show is a bold statement of intent, and not just because of its scale. The majority of the ensemble are participants from across the region, reflecting the diversity of our communities. For many of them, it will be their first major dance collaboration, and probably not their last.

This eye-opening production will stretch across the building’s ultra-flexible spaces, responding to them and harnessing the collective energy of the moment.

This is going to reconfigure your mind, body and spirit. After that, the rest is up to you.

We have a range of affordable tickets, including options from £10 for those on limited incomes. We'll be releasing them from October 2022 and across 2023. Sign up to our newsletter to find out about additional availability once the first bunch are sold out.

Find out more about our Affordable Ticketing Policy here.

The Creative Team

Free Your Mind brings together a dream team of respected names.

Mikey Asante and Kenrick Sandy

Composer Michael ‘Mikey J’ Asante MBE and Choreographer Kenrick ‘H2O’ Sandy MBE (founders of Boy Blue)

Director Danny Boyle

Director Danny Boyle and producer Tracey Seaward – the creatives forces behind London’s 2012 Olympics opening ceremony.

Es Devlin

Artist Es Devlin, whose immense stage sculpture has stood out everywhere from Superblue Miami and the Serpentine to the Royal Opera House and Super Bowl.

Sabrina Mahfouz

The storytelling of poet playwright Sabrina Mahfouz, whose work spans theatre (Noughts & Crosses), dance (Echoes and I Imagine), opera (I Am, I Say) and memoir (These Bodies of Water).


Commissioned and produced by Factory International.

Based on the Warner Bros films written and directed by the Wachowskis.

Produced by special arrangement with Warner Bros Theatre Ventures

Early workshop development for Free Your Mind was supported by
UNBOXED: Creativity in the UK R&D programme

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