Two new Homemakers works are going on sale today, and the series goes live with a special weekend of livestreams.
Homemakers is a series of works presented by HOME, Manchester, alongside national partners, which challenges artists to create works in lockdown for an audience to enjoy at home.
The latest works available this week includes How To Win – an interactive game by Hidden Track commissioned by Harrogate Theatre and ACTUALQUEST by Seiriol Davies and Matthew Blake commissioned by Lime Pictures.
Hidden Track’s interactive game invites the participant to ‘win’ at an episodic interactive game. The game is about making and breaking the systems we live in, created in collaboration with you, the player. Each new episode will be created in response to player suggestions. Audiences are invited to share their ideas, vote on their favourites, shape or derail the future of the story.
Seiriol Davies and Matthew Blake’s ACTUALQUEST is a madcap mystical journey in a choose your own adventure style. Inspired by fantasy games of the 90s, from the masterpiece TV gameshow Knightmare to the brilliantly tacky VHS board games like Atmosfear, ACTUALQUEST is a wonky, gaudy, hilarious adventure that shows us how, even when we can feel totally out of control, there is always joy and hope to be found.
The series is also marking a day of livestreams in Homemakers Live on Saturday 20 June. The day involves workshops, dance performances and a durational Zoom session.
Manchester based Christian Asare, working with Black Gold Arts, presents a voguing workshop on Saturday (followed by a choreography workshop the following day). Complicite are working with Sasha Milavic Davies and Lucy Railton to bring a new life to Everything that Rises Must Dance, which sees a mass dance gathering of over 60 women from all over Europe celebrating female movement and relationships between women around us now. The day is brought to a close by Manchester artist James Monaghan’s Lets Spend The Night Together, commissioned by HOME this durational production will take place from sunset to sunrise on the shortest night of the year. A bunch of students will gather to discuss the future in these uncertain times and what it might hold for them.