To accompany the critically acclaimed exhibition Derek Jarman Protest! at Manchester Art Gallery we are working in partnership with Hope Mill Theatre and HOME in Manchester to present a series of performances and films to celebrate one of the most influential figures in contemporary British culture.  

Hope Mill Theatre

Saturday 22nd January sees the launch of Turn on Fest 2022 at Hope Mill Theatre, including a Performance of Dungeness by Chris Thompson. Originally commissioned for the National Theatre Connection Festival Dungeness, a funny, moving, honest story about love, protest, and commemoration, has been performed by young people all around the UK. 

In a remote part of the UK, where nothing ever happens, a group of teenagers share a safe house for LGBTQIA+ young people. The group must decide how they commemorate an attack that happened to LGBTQIA+ people in a country far away. How do you take to the streets and protest if you’re not ready to show the world who you are?  

Tuesday 25th January at 7:30 pm sees Jarman, a vibrant new solo play written and performed by Mark Farrelly (Quentin Crisp: Naked Hope, Howerd’s End) and Directed by Sarah-Louise Young (Julie Madly Deeply, An Evening Without Kate Bush). The performance brings Derek Jarman back into being through a journey from Dungeness to deepest, brightest Soho and into the heart of one of our most iconoclastic artists. 

“It’s a truly amazing display of gripping, challenging and totally absorbing theatre, which the director and performer have pitched exactly right.”

Jarman at HOME

Opening on the eve of what would have been his 80th birthday, Jarman at HOME comprises all of the director’s 11 feature films in addition to 11 short films, presented chronologically over six weeks with special guests and speakers due to attend several screenings. 

You can book direct with the venues through the links above.  We will also be scheduling talks, workshops and performances with contemporary artists and curators over the coming months, so watch this space! 

Image credit: Courtesy Mark Farrelly