Turn On Fest

Turn On Fest returns for the 5th year at Hope Mill Theatre.

Thursday 25th JanuarySend in the Clowns: Unpopular!

Send In The Clowns is a raucous, wild, and tantalising drag revue show celebrating the magic and madness of musical theatre.

This time the Clowns are taking on the megamusicals of the 80s, 90s, and 00s in their biggest show yet, ‘UNPOPULAR!’. We’re talking big blockbuster musical theatre SPECTACLE – think mechanical barricades, all-singing revolutions, flying helicopters, web-slinging spidermen, and belting witches flying on broomsticks; all in a tiny black box theatre… what could possibly go wrong?!

Friday 26th JanuaryCREATE: Development Grant Sharing

An evening of new theatre works-in-progress from Greater Manchester LGBTQ+ creatives Hunter Millington, Lucky Roy Singh, Susan Kerr, and Tian Glasgow!  

Hear more about how the works have been developed in post-performance Q+As with the artists, led by Hope Mill Theatre’s Joe Houston and LGBT Foundation’s Paul Martin, have your chance to provide constructive feedback, and help shape the future of LGBTQ+ theatre in the region! 

Monday 16th JanuaryLadyfriends [a period drama]

Ladyfriends is a high-octane romp through love letters, third dates, and lesbian period dramas – via the (probably) true stories of Annie Kenney and Christabel Pankhurst. Rammed with live music and film, it digs up real-life queer history to ask the age-old question: “are we dating, or are we just really good friends?”

Tuesday 17th JanuaryBobbie’s Open Mic

Box Office and FOH Supervisor Bobbie is holding a top surgery fundraiser as part of Turn On Fest! 

An evening showcasing the best of Manchester’s talent! Fancy getting involved? Click the link below.

Wednesday 18th JanuaryQueer Shorts @ TOF

Qweer Shorts is Manchester’s newest LGBTQ+ theatre event.

Starting life in 2021 as a night for writers to test out new queer writing, Qweerdog is thrilled to be bringing this new night to Hope Mill Theatre. 

Qweer Shorts’ biggest and boldest line-up yet, begins with three previously seen pieces – Jump by Nick Maynard, Glint by Scott C Sickles and Natter by Joe Henry – all appearing alongside several brand new, diverse, queer pieces, chosen especially for Turn On Fest 2023!

thursday 19th JanuaryQuentin Crisp: Naked Hope

Following his performance of Jarman, Mark Farrelly’s hugely acclaimed solo play comes to the Hope Mill Theatre.

From a conventional upbringing to global notoriety via The Naked Civil Servant, Quentin Crisp was one of the most memorable figures of the twentieth century. Openly gay as early as the 1930s, Quentin spent decades being beaten up on London’s streets for his refusal to be anything less than himself. His courage, and the philosophy that evolved from those experiences, inspire to the present day.

Friday 20th JanuaryDevelopment Grant Evening

This year’s Development Grant Artists are presenting exciting new works across different performance styles, and we’re so excited to share them. Supported by the LGBT Foundation.

Saturday 21st JanuaryA Conversation with Jill Nalder

2023’s Turn On Fest closes with A Conversation with Jill Nalder: Actor, Activist, Author and inspiration behind It’s a Sin’s Jill Baxter.

Turn On Fest 2023 is kindly supported by the Granada Foundation

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