International Festival of New Theatre, Manchester


Next festival will be in July 2017


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Last time...

From Monday 13 to Saturday 18 July 2015, Contact, the Royal Exchange Theatre, Z-arts and the Martin Harris Centre for Music and Drama presented a range of experiences at the cutting edge of international theatre. Double bills and triple bills of exciting and challenging theatre, interactive theatre experiences, works in progress and works by UK and international students, all made up the performance programme.

Alongside this there were plenty of chances to participate - in a range of workshops, feedback sessions and discussions, online and in our opening and closing parties.

If you enjoy theatre, if you’re open to new experiences created by exciting new artists, then watch this space as we plan for FLARE17! See you then...


FLARE15 Shows

FLARE15 Festival Opening

FESTIVAL OPENING - 19:30 - MON 13 JULY - CONTACT.  £12 (£8) As most of the 58 artists involved, from 10 different countries, arrive in Manchester, witness the start to the week of FLARE15.  ...

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WELCOME – Mareike Wenzel and the New Collective


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#LOSMICRÓFONOS – Guillem Mont de Palol & Jorge Dutor

#LOSMICRÓFONOS 14:30 TUES 14  / 19:30 WED 15 July - ROYAL EXCHANGE THEATRE £12 (£8) Michael Jackson dressed as Jimi Hendrix buys a kilo of Grace Jones to cook some Britney Spears...

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UK STUDENTS – Ashley Williams/Uni of Chichester, Leentje Van de Cruys/Uni of Salford

FUTURE FLARES UK students - 17:00 - TUES 14 JULY - MARTIN HARRIS CENTRE. £5 The first performance at Martin Harris Centre sold out and had everyone thinking... We had a review...

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THE TUESDAY TRIPLE BILL – Hannah Sullivan, Figs in Wigs, Johnny’s Horse

19:30 - TUES 14 JULY - CONTACT. £12 (£8) We had a lot of reviews for this Triple Bill including The Guardian, Cultural Shenanigans, Quiet Man Dave blog and Under the Sponge...

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THE PRIVILEGED – Jamal Harewood

13:00 - WED 15 JULY& 12:00 SAT 18 JULY - CONTACT EXTRA PERFORMANCE 12:30 FRI 17 JULY - Z-ARTS. £5 One of of the most talked-about performances in FLARE15. We even added...

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WORKS IN PROGRESS – Rachael Clerke, Antoine Fraval

FUTURE FLARES Works in progress  17:00 - WED 15 JULY - MARTIN HARRIS CENTRE. £5 First review came out on Sunday, from Cultural Shenanigans (click name to read) CUNCRETE - RACHAEL CLERKE UK...

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THE WEDNESDAY TRIPLE BILL – Daan van Bendegem, Dorian Selic Petek, Ja Ja Ja Ne Ne Ne

TRIPLE BILL - 19:30 - WED 15 JULY - Z-ARTS. £12 (£8) A controversial and powerful evening, with three contrasting performances. Reviews in British Theatre Guide and Postcards from the Gods blog...

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14:30 - THU 16 JULY & 19:30 - Fri 17 JULY - ROYAL EXCHANGE THEATRE. £12 (£8) Reviewed by Savage Magazine (click name to read) and great conversations on Twitter about...

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J.U.D.I.T.H. – Marja Christians & Isabel Schwenk

17:00 - THU 16 JULY - MARTIN HARRIS CENTRE. £5 Future Flares 3 – International students. J.U.D.I.T.H. – MARJA CHRISTIANS & ISABEL SCHWENK DE Reviewed by Andrew Haydon on his Postcard From the...

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THE THURSDAY DOUBLE BILL – El Conde de Torrefiel, Sleepwalk Collective

DOUBLE BILL - 19:30 - THU 16 JULY - CONTACT. £12 (£8) Hugely anticipated night that didn't disappoint. Followed by a well-deserved artists' meal on Manchester's world famous Curry Mile. Sleepwalk Collective was...

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THE PRESTON BILL (work in progress) – Andy Smith

14:00 - FRI 17 JULY- Z-ARTS  &  18:30 - SAT 18 JULY - ROYAL EXCHANGE THEATRE. £5 Sold out workshop and two great performances led to lots of Twitter chat: @Ollie_D_Smith: Final...

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The FRIDAY TRIPLE BILL – Body On, Tiana Hemlock, Thomas Martin

19:30 - FRI 17 JULY - CONTACT. £12 (£8) Reviewed by British Theatre Guide (click name to read), this Triple Bill was discussed in detail, including these comments on Twitter: @zoeIqbal: @parry_joel...

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20:00 - SAT 18 JULY - Z-ARTS. £12 (£8) Marking the climax of FLARE15, the EXTRAORDINARY FLARE PARTY takes over Z-arts, filling it with performance, live music and dancing. ... and it...

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Flare is an ongoing project that aims to present some of the best new, experimental theatre and performance by new international theatre makers, to support these artists and the development of their practice, networks and exposure, to develop new theatre producers and to attract a growing audience for innovative theatre in Manchester.

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The Flare Venues

Flare works with Manchester's leading studio theatres, often sitting alongside main house events presented by Manchester International Festival. For FLARE15 this included the Royal Exchange Theatre, Contact, Z-arts and The Martin Harris Centre for Music and Drama at the University of Manchester. See below if you want to know more about them.

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The Flare Team

Flare is organised and run by three directors and a core team of new producers selected from across the country, working in close collaboration with the staff at the partner venues, and a large team of volunteers. Selection for the programme is led by Artistic Director Neil Mackenzie. See further details about the FLARE15 team below.

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Flare would love to hear from you. You can contact us at:  flare(at)flarefestival.com. Or sign up to our email list and we'll send you everything you need on the festival. We won't pass on your details to anyone else. An open call for artist applications will be announced at the end of 2016.


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