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River Stage Festival Weekend: HOME

HOME Manchester

20 - 22 July

River Stage Festival Weekend: HOME

HOME, Manchester’s centre for international contemporary theatre, art, film and music bring their eclectic line-up of performances, dance and special guest DJs to our outdoor stage in July.

Summer pop-ups
While visiting, why not grab a drink or a bite to eat from one of our summer pop-ups? Enjoy a gourmet wood-fired pizza from the Pizza Van, mix yourself a cocktail made of botanical ingredients from the Apothecary bar or grab a cold beer from the Understudy Riverside Pop-Up Bar. There is something for everyone at the NT this summer.

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Friday

Bourgeois & Maurice

18.30 -19.30

Sequin-clad satirical weirdos Bourgeois & Maurice write songs that stick in your head like bloodstains in your nice new carpet. Their world is a sexy, stomping, politically-charged echo chamber. A highly theatrical kaleidoscope of current affairs, moral confusion and slippery social commentary.

Bourgeois & Maurice

Dave Haslam

19.45 - 22.45

Dave Haslam DJ-ed over 450 times at the Hacienda in Manchester through the late 1980’s when his eclectic, open-minded and ground-breaking DJing became a focus for Madchester’s indie/dance fraternity. His recent appearances include the Rex in Paris and Panorama Bar in Berlin.

Dave Haslam

Saturday

Mufti Games: Massive Battleships

12.00 - 12.45 / 13.00 - 13.45

A super-sized team version of the classic naval guessing game, played across public spaces. Using binoculars, flags and flashcards to signal spectacular hits and unlucky misses hundreds of yards apart, it’s all hands on deck to try and sink the enemy’s aircraft carriers, destroyers and submarines before they sink yours.

Massive Battleships

Mighty Heart Theatre

All day (12.00 - 18.00)

Creators of work that aims to reflect the world around them this year they will be inspired by the centenary of 100 years since *some* women got the right to vote and 2018 being a big year for women’s voices taking up space. They will be running workshops where you can make and decorate your own Suffragette sashes as well as hearing some exciting new writing looking at what is to be a woman in 2018.

Mighty Heart Theatre

The Beat Chics

13.00 -13.45

The Beat Chics believe in two things and two things only. Music from the 1960s and vinyl records. When they head to the River Stage, they'll be spinning a collection of classic and rare records perfect for a late afternoon on the South Bank, including tracks from The Shangri-Las, The Supremes, The Zombies, Lulu and more.

 The Beat Chics

Dave Haslam Book Event

14.00 - 15.00

A special event to mark the publication of Hacienda resident DJ Dave Haslam’s new book; entitled 'Sonic Youth Slept on My Floor; Music, Manchester & More', a memoir of his life and work. Dave will be joined at the event by the writer Olivia Laing, whose debut novel 'Crudo' is published this year by Picador. The event will conclude with a book signing (copies of books by Dave and Olivia will be available to buy from the NT Bookshop).

Dave Haslam Book Event

Mufti Games: Massive Battleships

15.00 - 15.45 / 16.00 - 16.45

A super-sized team version of the classic naval guessing game, played across public spaces. Using binoculars, flags and flashcards to signal spectacular hits and unlucky misses hundreds of yards apart, it’s all hands on deck to try and sink the enemy’s aircraft carriers, destroyers and submarines before they sink yours.

Massive Battleships

Monkeywood Theatre in association with HOME: The Manchester Project

15.15 -16.00

Monkeywood have commissioned 19 astounding Mancunian writers to write 19 tiny but titanic new plays exploring Manchester and its people. The plays take us from Moss Side to Middleton, Flixton to Failsworth, Droylsden to Didsbury and ask, when we push the clichés aside, what does it really mean to be part of this city?

Monkeywood Theatre

The Beat Chics

16.30 - 17.30

The Beat Chics believe in two things and two things only. Music from the 1960s and vinyl records. When they head to the River Stage, they'll be spinning a collection of classic and rare records perfect for a late afternoon on the South Bank, including tracks from The Shangri-Las, The Supremes, The Zombies, Lulu and more.

The Beat Chics

Manchester International Roots Orchestra

18.00 - 19.30

The Manchester International Roots Orchestra (MIRO) skilfully combines diverse musical influences from haunting Eastern European melodies, to Middle Eastern percussion and vocals; through to soulful Sufi chants of South Asia, joyful African gospel – embracing rap, hip-hop, classical and jazz along the way.

 Manchester International Roots Orchestra

DJ Paulette

19.45 - 22.45

In a career currently spanning more than two decades and three countries – Paulette has been a resident at some of the biggest and best clubs in the world. From radio to club she constructs long sets by digging deep in the crates of rare grooves and funk to disco to house and techno.

DJ Paulette

Sunday

Mighty Heart Theatre

13.00 - 14.00

Creators of work that aims to reflect the world around them this year they will be inspired by the centenary of 100 years since *some* women got the right to vote and 2018 being a big year for women’s voices taking up space. They will be running workshops where you can make and decorate your own Suffragette sashes as well as hearing some exciting new writing looking at what is to be a woman in 2018.

Mighty Heart Theatre

Young Identity

14.15 - 15.15

Talented collective Young Identity have been forging a reputation as some of the most magical young professional, poet, performers in the city of Manchester for a decade. Their work draws on a long established initiative in many of the city's communities, it supports and develops the work of young poets.

Young Identity

Monkeywood Theatre in association with HOME The Manchester Project

15.30 - 16.15

Monkeywood have commissioned 19 astounding Mancunian writers to write 19 tiny but titanic new plays exploring Manchester and its people. The plays take us from Moss Side to Middleton, Flixton to Failsworth, Droylsden to Didsbury and ask, when we push the clichés aside, what does it really mean to be part of this city?

Monkeywood Theatre

Juba do Leão

16.45 - 17.45

Inspired by the floor-shaking rhythms and vibrant dances of North-Eastern Brazil, Juba do Leão (Manchester) take you on a tour of the intoxicating grooves of Brazil, this formidable power house are guaranteed to get you dancing your socks off!

Jaba do Leao

Summer pop-ups

Apothecary Cocktail Bar

An outdoor pop-up cocktail bar on the river front.

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Ice Cream Van

Our vintage ice cream van selling soft serve ice cream, gelato and soft drinks.

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National Theatre Ice cream van

Campfire Pizza

Pizza made to order in our wood-fired oven, in a vintage Citroen van.

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Garden Bar at the Green Room

Join us in the garden and enjoy a refreshing glass of wine, or craft your own gin cocktail with our friends at Sipsmith.

Green Room Garden Bar

River Stage weekend takeovers

27 - 29 July: Sadler's Wells

Dedicated to dance in all its forms, Sadler's Wells presents a weekend of choreography, live music and dance workshops.

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Sadler's Wells

3 - 5 August: nonclassical

Turning classical music on its head and redefining the rules, this East London record label and club night brings a host of live performers and DJs to the river front.

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nonclassical

10 – 12 August: National Theatre

The closing party weekend of family theatre, contemporary circus, music and dance. 

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National Theatre

River Stage competition

Tag us in your Instagram photos to win free tickets!

We’d love to see all your photos of our River Stage festival. If you tag your pictures with #RiverStage the best ones could win free tickets to some upcoming shows at the National. Read our terms and conditions to find out more details.

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