Here’s what to look out for as we delve a little deeper into our programme, in partnership with Superbia: Manchester Pride’s year round programme of arts and culture.
Let Me Count the Ways
Tuesday 23rd March : 19:30
Returning to Turn On Fest, having featured in last year’s programme as part of Superbia presents: New Theatre Writing, Poet and Spoken Word artist Maz Hedgehog is the first of our Development Grant Artists.
Followed by a post-show discussion, Maz’s full show, Let Me Count the Ways, is a journey to self-acceptance, looking at how our relationships shape us, and the way we see ourselves. We explore the ways that our own internalised beliefs about ourselves may be exposed in our relationships, and how we can learn to break past them.
Wednesday 24th March : 19:30
The second of our Development Grant Artist pieces explores the effects of purity culture in religion. Following the lives of a group of young girls, this play reading looks at sexuality and gender in the Church of England. PURE provides a powerful insight into how these topics are perceived within the church and how attitudes may or may not be changing.
Playwright Emma Hinds worked closely with celebrated poet, priest and theologian Reverend Rachel Mann. Both Emma and Rachel will take part in a post-show discussion following the performance.
Thursday 25th March : 19:30
Third Development Grant Artist Finley Letchford-Dobbs returns to Turn On Fest following the success of Nobody’s Watching in 2020. In Voyage, Finley goes on to dance through the full journey of his transition. From dysmorphia, through endless appointments with doctors, to finally finding comfort in who he is today.
Finley will also take part in post-show discussion exploring the process of creating Voyage and his work and career.
Thursday 25th March : 20:30
Our final Development Grant Artists featured in this year’s Turn On Fest programme is Suriya Aisha. Presenting Dead Certain as an online performance, multi-disciplinary Artist and Activist Suriya asks what does cancel culture mean for our relationships?
This new play explores what’s behind the scenes of a dream relationship, and the consequences of putting the perfect planned life to the test.
An Evening with Ryan Jamaal Swain
Friday 26th March : 20:00
Star of international hit series POSE and celebrated LGBT+ Activist Ryan Jamaal Swain will be live in discussion with West End musical theatre icon Layton Williams. With awards from the Human Rights Campaign and Urban One Honours, Ryan was featured on the prestigious Forbes “30 Under 30” List.
Join us for an evening of insight into Ryan’s life and career.
An Hour with Divina De Campo
Saturday 27th March : 19:30 & 21:30
Join drag icon Divina De Campo as she hosts a showbiz night-in, with musical numbers and guest appearances. Talking everything from musical theatre to mixology, Drag Race UK season 1 runner-up Divina is joined by Layton Williams and Joel Harper-Jackson and a special visit from Harriet Thorpe.
Expect laughs, show-tunes, reminiscing and much more in 60 minutes of fun!
Trans Representation in the Arts Culture Sector Webinar
Sunday 28th March : 17:00
Rounding off this year’s festival is a FREE webinar with a fantastic group of panellists discussing the topic of Trans representation in our industry.
Kate O’Donnell, founder of Trans Creative and Trans Vegas Festival, Mandla Rae, poet, producer and theatre maker, Allie Daniel, musical theatre performer and member of Hope Mill Theatre’s cast of RENT, Finley Letchford-Dobbs, dancer and photographer featured in this year’s Turn On Fest and Yaz Zadeh, actor and writer recently seen in BBC’s I May Destroy You.
An open discussion of inclusivity and representation, audiences are welcome to submit questions for the panellists via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.