International Festival of New Theatre, Manchester
4-8 July 2017


All artists interested in applying to be part of FLARE17, should click here for details.


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We are delighted to announce that FLARE17 will take place from Tuesday 4 to Saturday 8 July 2017, when some great new makers of innovative theatre, selected internationally, will arrive in Manchester with 20 major new performance pieces.

Hosted by Home, The Lowry, The Royal Exchange Theatre, the Martin Harris Centre at Manchester University and No 70 Oxford St (the old Cornerhouse building), FLARE17 promises a packed programme of extra-ordinary theatre events.

With performances drawn from a number of international networks, plus a world-wide call out, FLARE17 will also feature a whole host of workshops, discussions and other events that together will amount to an unmissable experience for anyone curious about the future of theatre as an art form.


Last time...

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)ir-leasing.ru 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. £5berryjam.ru 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 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)veroxybd.com 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)trevordiy.wordpress.com 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 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. Artists interested in presenting their work at the festival should click on the FLARE17 tab above.


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