Running from January 19, 2021 for six weeks, the critically acclaimed c-o-n-t-a-c-t is coming to the streets of Salford Quays and central Manchester, with casting still to be announced.
A collaboration between Aria Entertainment and WEF productions, and the Lowry has enabled this international show to be performed on the streets of Manchester.
Originating in Paris, the outdoor performance has been also licenced in Brussels, Rome, Sweden and Chile and involves the use of new 3D sound design that the audience will download an app to access the audio.
This interactive technology has been described as: “a completely new piece of technology synchronizing the spectators and actors, allowing the show to play with theatrical concepts and a new form of dramaturgy.”
Created by Samuel Sené and Gabrielle Jourdain, this play is seen through the eyes of the protagonist Sarah, as she is approached by a stranger who can read her thoughts, and the audience is carried along through her anxiety, mental health turmoil and her discovery of the truth.
During the 50 minute long show, the audience are invited to “Dive into her mind in this unique sensory and immersive new show and experience theatre like never before.”
Samuel Sené, Director said: I am so proud that we have been able to bring people together to experience quality live theatre safely during these times.”
The organisers are keen to confirm all government guidelines on safety and hygiene are being followed, with groups limited to 17 for the outdoor promenade experience, including strict social distancing measures between audience members.
Furthermore, the new audio experience means that there is no direct speaking of any actor in the play, and face coverings must be worn by everybody in the audience.
Katy Lipson and Mathilde Moulin, Producers of the show said: “We are absolutely thrilled that C-o-n-t-a-c-t will embark on a run in Salford and Manchester after its launch in London this Autumn. Greater Manchester is a fantastic city-region of culture which we have strong roots in so we could not be more proud to be bringing this unique sensory experience to new audiences in partnership with The Lowry.”
With previous reviews from the Times calling it “a tantalisingvision of a new kind of theatre for these difficult times”, there is no doubt that this innovative production will be a success.
A trailer for the show can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VphlICZivbc&feature=youtu.be
Tickets can be purchased via The Lowry’s website at contactshow.co.uk and prices range between £19.50 – £22.50.