University staff and students launch the Flare Festival

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Last week Neil Mackenzie, Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Theatre, announced the programme for the Flare International Festival of New Theatre 2017, taking place 4th-8th July in theatres across Manchester.

Hosted by HOME, and accompanied by the whole Flare team – which includes students, colleagues and recent graduates – Neil, the Artistic Director of the festival introduced a packed programme of 20 performances, including 12 UK premieres.

Contemporary Theatre and Performance students, dressed as ghosts with sunglasses on, performed a tribute to a highlight of the festival being shown at Contact Theatre, ‘Grand Applause’ by acclaimed theatre artists Guillem Mont de Palol and Jorge Dutor from Barcelona. There were also speeches by Walter Meierjohann, HOME’s Artistic Director: Theatre and Laura Broome, General Director of Flare, and the audience included VIP’s from all of Manchester’s leading theatres, the Arts Council, Manchester City Council and many others.

Flare festival received hundreds of applications to perform at the festival from over 30 countries worldwide and is recognised as one of the country’s leading festivals for new international theatre makers. It is presenting performances at HOME, Royal Exchange Theatre, Contact and The Lowry, whilst the festival hub is based at No70 Oxford St, with the co-operation of the Manchester School of Theatre.

Current Manchester Metropolitan student theatre company DEAD PIG have also been selected to perform their highly innovative piece A work of ART in the student strand of the festival, taking place in the Martin Harris Centre at Manchester University. In addition, performance students Cory Duffill and Casey Shortt have the roles of Student Network Manager and Assistant Production Manager (respectively) on the festival, 2016 graduate Ryan O’Shea is employed as one of the 6 festival producers selected from a nationwide call out, whilst many other students will be working as volunteers on the festival, including some performance roles.

A number of lecturing colleagues are also involved in the festival, including Senior Lecturer Kevin Egan and Associate Lecturer Teresa Brayshaw, who play an active role on the selection panel and advisory board.

Full details of the festival, including tickets, are available on the website