Turn On Fest 2021

Hope Mill Theatre's annual LGBTQIA+ Arts Festival returns for its 3rd year! Take a look at this year's lineup:

Thursday 3rd February:

If Not Then When Now 

In collaboration with Creatures of Catharsis, Gertrude Schmixon presents a visceral blending of performance art and physical theatre.

In an artistic amalgamation of previous on-stage experiences, Gertrude brings their club-based physical artistry to a theatre space. Claiming new ground, through delving into the depths of their ideas and dragging up any dregs of emotion and intention that remain. A showcase of sorts, their process and presentation of this piece explores the parameters between entertainment and catharsis; beginning a new chapter in their performative story.

Drawing upon their experiences of living, the truest test of endurance, they present themes of confinement, embrace and release. Working with other North West based Queer creatives on costuming and sound design, this piece acts as a debut for Gertrude Schmixon’s journey into a new artistic realm.

Friday 4th February:

The Reason For Geese

by Elizabeth Gisbon 

Join April – or is she December? – as she time-hops over different months in a year of chaos and change.

She is searching for someone, around the canals and wetlands of Manchester, and time is running out. On her journey, she enounters strange creatures, from a haughty goose to a wise bee to an invisible dog. Their surreal conversations help her to tackle dilemmas in her life, and choose her next steps. Elizabeth plays all characters using her body and voice, in this gentle, reflective spoken-word show.

Monday Sunday 6th February :

Development Grant Evening & Queer Social

4 Queer Artists will receive £250 and a slot as part of our Turn On Fest: Development Evening for LGBTQIA+ artists.

For the last 2 years we have supported various artists through these grants to take a piece of work they are developing to the next level and a chance to perform in front of an audience.