Visual Artist and performance maker Hetain Patel joins forces this summer with Contact Young Company (CYC) to direct and help create a unique and thought provoking show exploring what it means to be a man.

Staged at a secret location in the city, and running from Thursday 30 August to Sunday 2 September, OH MAN addresses the concept of maleness at a time when many key male figures in the public eye are often the subject of negative headlines.

Based on real life testimonies and interviews with boys and men from many different backgrounds, generations and areas across Greater Manchester’s diverse communities –

this brand new production – directed by Patel and starring male and female members of the Contact Young Company – opens up the debate on how it is for men today and tries to free up our expectations of what it means to “ man up” or to “be a man.”

These personal accounts, anecdotes and stories will be woven together with movement and visuals to create something both arresting to look at and something profound and meaningful to experience. Think Michael Jackson meets Stephen Hawking or Spiderman meets your uncle…

Performance artist Hetain Patel was born and raised in Bolton before moving to London. His works have been exhibited and performed in galleries and theatres globally, including Tate Modern, Tate Britain, Royal Opera House, Ullens Centre for Contemporary Art in Beijing and the Manchester Art Gallery. His work also has a large online following, with over 30 million views for his web videos, including his TED talk of 2013 entitled, Who Am I? Think Again.

As Contact’s permanent home on Oxford Road is undergoing its building transformation, the company is taking its 2018 season on the road, to unexpected and surprising places and venues across the city – from Ancoats to Hulme, Stretford to Levenshulme and in the heart of the city centre. The location for OH MAN will remain a secret. Audiences are to meet at 2pm or 7pm on their chosen show day at the Deli Lama on 220 Chapel Street, Salford M3 5LE. They will then be escorted to the venue’s location.

OH MAN takes place from Thurs 30 August – Sunday 2 September, 2pm and 7pm daily. Tickets are on sale now priced £13/£7 concessions available securely online at or by phone on 0161 274 0600. This show is suitable for over 14s.


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