PAST COMMISSIONS

queerupnorth has invested in the creation of the following commissions & co-productions:
The Stain (1992)

Toby Manning

Commissioned by queerupnorth.

Civil (1995)

The Robert Pacitti Company

Commissioned by queerupnorth
Premiered at greenroom in Manchester in 1996. Shown in the ICA as part of ‘Textuality’ Season in September 1996; The Now Festival, Nottingham 1996; Leibesvisitationen Festival Tafehalle, Nuremburg as part of Siemens (Munich) Cultural Program October 1997; Colchester Arts Centre March 1998; Ex-Teresa Festival, Mexico City October 1998 and Theater Arsenic Lausanne, Switzerland 1999.
Civil was reworked and performed in November 2005 by Richard Eton at the Chelsea Theatre, London; as part of British Twist: Live Art, a showcase of the best of British performance at the Troubles Festival in Brussels. The show appeared at The Junction in Cambridge in 2006 and in 2007 was performed at The Barbican in London.
Fluid (1995)

Jason E. Bowman/Rachael Field/Andrew Logan/Lois/Nenagh Watson/Ali Zaidi

Commissioned by queerupnorth in association with Castlefield Art Gallery
10 art installations along the Rochdale Canal from 8-19 May 1996.

Faith and Dancing: Mapping Femininity and Other Natural Disasters (1996)

Split Britches

Commissioned by queerupnorth & Gay Sweatshop,
Premiered at greenroom on 15 May 1996. Lois Weaver’s first solo show.

Watch My Lips (1996)

Nigel Charnock

Commissioned by queerupnorth, The Drill Hall, Podewil (Berlin) & Tanzwerkstatt (Berlin)
Premiered at Bluecoats Art Centre in Liverpool in May 1996 and later performed in Manchester at The Royal Exchange, Drill Hall in London and venues in Germany and Italy.
CLUB Bent 96 (1996)

Moira Finucane, Derek Porter, Azaria Universe, Dean Walsh, Hilary Bichovsky, Marisa Carnesky, David Hoyle, Helena Goldwater, Killer Disco, Helen Paris, Chloe Poems, Jeremy Robins, Lois Weaver
Co-produced by queerupnorth, The Performance Space and Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras in association with greenroom, Gay Sweatshop & the Zap Club.
Premiered at greenroom in May 1996, with performances also taking place in London & Brighton. cLUB Bent returned to the UK as part of queerupnorth 98.

Mestiza (1998)

Julie Tolentino

Commissioned by queerupnorth & Tramway (Glasgow).
Premiered at greenroom in May 1998. Later performed at Tramway in Glasgow.

Never-Before-Seen-Familiar (1998)

Starving Artists Theatre Company

Commissioned by queerupnorth
Premiered at greenroom in May 1998 and also performed in Hemel Hemstead.
CLUB Bent 98 (1998)

Amanda Moss, Marisa Carnesky, Adrian Jones (Dragon Ladies, Jeremy Robins, Ursula Martinez, Tina C, Catherine Farghar, Benedict Leslie, Gaze, Dancenoise.
Co-produced by queerupnorth, Australia Council, Performing Lines, The Performance Space and Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras and Arts Council England.

Bad Things (2000)

Moira Finucane & Jackie Smith and Barrett_Forster

Commissioned by queerupnorth.
Premiered at greenroom in September 2000.
Show Off (2000)

Ursula Martinez

Commissioned by queerupnorth & Warwick Arts Centre.
Premiered at Royal Exchange Theatre in September 2000 and later performed at The Young Vic in London, In 2001 it was performed at the Edinburgh Festival, Battersea Arts Centre (London), Warwick Arts Centre (Coventry), and Sydney, Australia. From 2002 to 2005 the show appeared at venues in Barcelona, Vienna, Zagreb, Lisbon, Estonia, Dortmund, Belgrade, Pristina, Vilnius, Skopje, Budapest, and Hong Kong, before being remounted in 2006 at The Barbican (London) as one third of a three-part retrospective of work entitled “Me Me Me!”
The Bottom Project (2000)

Julie Tolentino

Commissioned by queerupnorth.
Premiered at greenroom in September 2000 and later performed at The Kitchen in New York.

Bad Reputations (2004)

Penny Arcade

Commissioned by queerupnorth & Contact.
Premiered in Manchester in May 2004 and later performed in Glasgow (Glasgay, Tron Theatre, November 2005), New York & Berlin.

Carnesky’s Ghost Train (2004)

Marisa Carnesky Company

Co-commissioned by queerupnorth, Fierce! And Warwick Arts Centre.
Premiered in Manchester during May 2004 and later performed in London, Coventry, Glastonbury, and Antwerp.

Provenance (2004)

Ronnie Burkett Theatre Of Marionettes

Provenance was co-commissioned by queerupnorth (Manchester, UK); BITE (London, UK); CanStage (Toronto, Canada); Melbourne International Arts Festival (Melbourne, Australia); and Wiener Festwochen (Vienna, Austria).
Premiered in Edmonton, Canada in May 2003 and toured over a two year period to venues throughout Canada, Germany, Sweden, Austria, Australia and the UK. UK appearances took place at BITE (The Barbican, London, April 2004), queerupnorth (Library Theatre, Manchester, May 2004) and Brighton Festival (Brighton, May 2005).
Thanks to queerupnorth, Manchester is the only city in the world to have experienced Ronnie’s last five productions – Tinka’s New Dress, Happy, Street Of Blood, Provenance & 10 Days On Earth. We’ll be continuing this tradition with the presentation of Ronnie’s new show, Billy Twinkle: Requiem For A Golden Boy, in 2009.

At The Bottom Of The Garden (2005)

David Hoyle

Commissioned by queerupnorth & Contact.
Premiered at Contact in May 2005.

The Masque Of Water (2005)

Gary Carter

Commissioned by queerupnorth & Fierce! Festival
Premiered at Royal Exchange in May 2005, followed by performances at Birmingham Rep.

The Pansy Project/Pansy! (2005)

Paul Harfleet
Commissioned by queerupnorth in May 2005 with an installation at Harvey Nichols and Manchester City Art Gallery (Pansy!) and various locations throughout Manchester.
The Pansy Project returned as part of queerupnorth in 2006 with an artist-in-residency & workshops at Manchester City Art Gallery and has since appeared around the world.
The Pansy Project has went on to appear at Conflux Festival, New York (Sep 2006) ; Crate Project Space, Margate (Oct-Nov 2006); The Transition Gallery, London (Nov 2006) ; Nottingham (2006); The BFI London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, London (May 2007); Tooks Chambers, London (May 2007); Axel Lapp Projects, Berlin (June 2007); and Homotopia, Liverpool (Nov 2007).

Smilin’ Through (2005)

Truant Theatre Company

Co-produced by queerupnorth, Contact & Birmingham Rep
An excerpt of Billy Cowan’s Smilin’ Through won queerupnorth’s new writing showcase, Short Cuts, in 2003 and the full-length play premiered at Birmingham Rep in April 2005, before going on to play to packed houses at Contact in May 2005. Nominated for Best new play at the Manchester Evening News Theatre Awards.
The play was remounted at The Drill Hall in November 2007.

Sphere: Dreamz (2006)

Sphere

Commissioned by queerupnorth.

Co-produced by queerupnorth & greenroom.
Premiered at Sackville Gardens in May 2006 and also appeared at other venues throughout the city (greenroom, Contact & Manchester Museum). The project has since evolved into a new exhibition taking place at Cornerhouse, Manchester from September to November 2007.

The Love Shack (2006)

Kathe Izzo

Commissioned by queerupnorth.
Premiered at Contact in May 2006.

S.O.S (2006)

David Hoyle

Commissioned by queerupnorth in association with the Royal Exchange Theatre.
Premiered at Royal Exchange Theatre in May 2006 and has since been performed at Soho Theatre (London, June 2006), Sydney Opera House (Feb 2007) and Brighton Festival (May 2007).

Susan & Darren (2006)

Quarantine & Company Fierce Dance Company

Co-produced by queerupnorth & Contact.
Premiered at Contact, Manchester, May 2006 and was nominated for Best New Play at the Manchester Evening News Theatre Awards. The production had a spring & an autumn tour in the UK in 2006 and is currently touring again for a final time in 2007.

10 Days On Earth (2007)

Ronnie Burkett Theatre Of Marionettes

10 Days on Earth was co-commissioned by queerupnorth (Manchester, UK); BITE (London, UK); CanStage (Toronto, Canada); and Wiener Festwochen (Vienna, Austria). �
Premiered in Toronto, Canada in April 2006 and has toured to venues throughout Canada, Austria, Australia, New Zealand and the UK. UK appearances took place at BITE (The Barbican, London, April 2007), and queerupnorth (Library Theatre, Manchester, May 2007).

And Then He Was A She (2007)

Sadie Lee

Produced by queerupnorth, in association with Drill Hall, Salford City Council & with support from Arts Council England.
Exhibition premiered at Salford Museum & Art Gallery in May 2007 and has since been shown at Drill Hall in London from October to November 2007. There are plans to tour And Then He Was A She –Paintings of Holly Woodlawn by Sadie Lee to other venues including Iceland, Germany and Slovenia.

FIT (2007)

Rikki Beadle-Blair

A queerupnorth and Stonewall co-production, produced in association with Drill Hall, and co-commissioned by Drill Hall and Homotopia. Supported by JP Morgan Foundation, Arts Council England and John Lyons Charity.
A work-in-progress was shown at Contact in May 2007 and the finished play toured to secondary schools & venues in London, Glasgow, Greater Manchester, Liverpool, Brighton and Bournemouth from September to December 2007 – reaching over 9,000 young people.

It is planned to further tour the piece in 2008.