International Festival of New Theatre, Manchester


 Reviews and images of FLARE15 still available on the Flare blog (above) and the Flickr link (below). Next festival in July 2017.


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Thanks for coming to FLARE15

We hope you enjoyed the 6 days and 23 performances of FLARE15.

From Monday 13 to Saturday 18 July, 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 start to process FLARE15 and 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 provide support for new international theatre artists with the potential to define the theatre of the future, to establish Manchester as an international hub for new radical theatre makers, to capitalise on the international profile of the city established by the Manchester International Festival, and to galvanize the contemporary theatre audience in Manchester.

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The Flare Venues

For FLARE15 we were delighted to work with some of Manchester's leading studio theatres including Contact, The Studio at the Royal Exchange Theatre, 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 FLARE15 Team

FLARE15 was organised and run in close collaboration with the staff at the partner venues, supported by a large team of volunteers. The Core Team were Neil Mackenzie, Jackie Crozier, Clare Simpson, Chris Whitwood, James Barker, Gareth Cutter, Susan Fareham, Christie Hill, Sarah Sharp, Alice Withers and Laura Kendall.

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FLARE15 was about participating as much as it was about being an audience. There was a full programme of open workshops and discussions complementing the programme of performances. Full details, including information about times and locations, ARE NOW AVAILABLE HERE.


Talk back

A series of chaired sessions where the artists got to hear about how the audience responded to their performances, mostly from the night before.


Wake up and tune in

A chance to spend quality time paying attention to your own sense of wellbeing at the start of a busy festival day, with an established Feldenkrais practitioner.



Practical workshops led by established performance practitioners from Manchester, elsewhere in the UK and from amongst the selected artists who performed at the festival.


The FLARE15 Open Forum

An afternoon of discussion groups made up of artists, invited guests and members of the public, and focusing on a range of issues arising in the festival.


Coming to you

Performance workshops organised for specific groups connected to the Flare venues, and scheduled mostly the week before the festival.



Thanks to all our fantastic volunteers! Do stay in touch - we'd love to have you back next time...



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