TURN ON FEST – an LGBTQ+ theatre festival in Manchester

Gscene Editorial Team January 10, 2020

TURN ON FEST, a 100% accessible LGBTQ+ theatre festival in collaboration with SuperbiaManchester Pride’s year round calendar of LGBTQ+ events, kicks off on Tuesday, January 14 and runs till to Saturday, February 1 at the Hope Mill Theatre in Manchester.

Organisers of the festival, which will include David Hoyle, queer theatre company Mother’s Ruin and critically-acclaimed drag queen Guy Woolf, promise a programme that will explore gay conversion therapy, queer marriage and more through dance, spoken word, cabaret and theatre. The full programme of events can be viewed on the website here.

Greg Thorpe, Project Manager for Superbia, said: “Superbia works with LGBTQ+ artists all year round and we are so excited to support this new platform to share their work at one of our favourite venues in the city.

“I have really enjoyed co-curating the TURN ON FEST for 2020 and with such an incredible raft of artists onboard we know it will be a thrilling and necessary addition to our queer arts calendar.”

Joseph Houston, Artistic Director of Hope Mill Theatre, added: “We are proud to be hosting our first ever arts festival at Hope Mill Theatre opening our doors to a wider demographic of LGBTQ+ artists in Manchester.

“We are looking forward to three weeks of theatre, dance, cabaret, literature, open mic, conversation and new work. Turning words and ideas into performance for, by and about the LGBTQ+ community.

“We hope that the festival will eventually become an annual event for our great city.”


Where: Hope Mill Theatre, 113 Pollard St, Manchester M4 7JA

When: Tuesday, January 14 – Saturday, February 1

For tickets and the full programme of events, visit the website by clicking here.