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 capitalize on the international profile of the city established by the Manchester International Festival, and to galvanize the contemporary theatre audience in Manchester.

Flare is led by Neil Mackenzie and Kevin Egan, supported by Contemporary Theatre and Performance at Manchester Metropolitan University and Arts Council England, and has so far produced the Flare International Festival of New Theatre 2011 and The Flare Weekender 2012 and 2014.


The Flare Weekender 2012 + 2014...

were two day mini-festivals of some of the best radical new theatre by emerging theatre artists from the North West, the UK and elsewhere in Europe.

took place at Z-arts in Manchester, on 8+9 June 2012 and 13+14 June 2014, presented in collaboration with Word of Warning.

each brought together around 40 theatre artists in the public presentation of approximately 10 performance pieces.

and featured Cult Arts Podcasters The Saturday Arts Club live streaming up-to-the-minute interviews, discussions and reviews as they happened, provided via the club site on thesaturdayartsclub.co.uk.


The Flare International Festival of New Theatre 2011...

was a six day festival of radical theatre by new theatre artists from Croatia, France, Germany, Holland, Portugal, Russia, Spain and the UK.

brought together around 110 artists, as well as a team of 40 volunteers.

took place at Contact, Capitol Theatre and Zion Arts Centre, Manchester.

included 24 amazing performances, a national panel discussion on the future of the art of theatre, performance workshops with leading practitioners, and the extra-ordinary Flare Party.


Curating Flare...

A blog considering the act of curating the Flare International Festival of New Theatre in 2011, written by Artistic Director Neil Mackenzie, is available here.


Flare wishes to acknowledge the ongoing support of...

Arts Council England

Manchester Metropolitan University



Royal Exchange Theatre

Martin Harris Centre/University of Manchester

Leeds Beckett University

University of Chichester



University of Salford

MMU Contemporary Theatre and Performance