Arrival Festival

As this year’s MA Contemporary Performance Practice cohort prepare for their departure, join us for their ARRIVAL – two days of performance, theatre, dance, comedy, installation and discussion, serving as the culmination of a year’s study at University of Salford!

See below for full lineup!

THURSDAY 29th AUGUST – 4-10PM – NEW ADELPHI CAMPUS – (Directions and access info here)

FRIDAY 30TH AUGUST – 4-10PM – MEDIA CITY CAMPUS – (Directions and access info here)

PLEASE NOTE: To attend both days of the festival, you will need to buy an individual ticket for each day

Admission: PWYC (pay what you can) 

Times are approximate.

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3pm. Seán Fitton: Workshop – Discovering Through The Body

A workshop in which we will use techniques drawn from ancient shamanism and modern physical theatre to experiment with experiencing somatic knowledge of an archetypal form.  
Suitable for 16 years and olderBe prepared to work barefoot or in socks, and bring water and clothes you can move freely in.

4pm.  Day One Opens

4pm-end  Owen Davey: Turns

A continuous and informal installation of audio, video and text artefacts that document and express Owen’s work midway through the part-time MA.

4:30pm. Oliver Tennant: The Ballad of Me and My Brain

“”An ode to mental instability.””
Contains loud noise, reference to mental health issues, and other material which some might find upsetting.

5:15pm. Seán Fitton: The Sex, Death and Mythology Cabaret 

Let your beautiful MC take you on a bawdy journey through song, story and original poetry to discover one way we might find our authentic selves (Hint: It’s sex!). 
Adults only!  Adult content and sexual themes throughout.  If you find LGBT and BDSM issues offensive, this is not the show for you. 
Audience capacity: 20 seated, up to 20 more standing – sign up on the day!

6pm.  Tom Short: Tom Short’s Special

Tom Short (Chortle Student Comedian of the Year finalist 2019, Harrogate Comedian of the Year finalist 2018, Leicester Square New Comedian of the Year semi finalist 2018, etc) explores comedy and success.
Contains discussion of mental health and adult comedy

6:30pm Artists’ Live Discussion

Oliver Tennant, Sean Fitton and Tom Short talk about their work.


7:30pm. Tia-Bella Easton: “I’ve Got A Text!”

Through music, media and live performance, “I’ve Got A Text!” shows us the construction (and destruction) of an identity, exploring our obsession with surface celebrity and internet fame.
Contains flashing images, strobe lighting, loud music and references to mental illness and suicide.

8:15pm.  Stella Lazarou: Be There

Be There is a dance solo piece with interactive moments which is an exploration of the impact of dark experiences in people’s lives.
Contains strobe lights, balloons, offers of interaction, and references to suicide. 
Audience capacity: 20 – sign up on the day!

9pm. Artists’ Live Discussion

Tia-Bella Easton and Stella Lazarou talk about their work

9:30-10pm Drinks in the Bar


4pm. Day Two Opens

4pm-end – Films by Tom Short

Films made as a result of comedy/mental health support workshops led by Tom Short earlier in the programme.

4:30 + 5:15 onlytheantscansaveusnow: The Safe Use of Ladders and Stepladders

The Safe Use of Ladders and Stepladders is a performance about using physical violence against the far right, as well as about ladders. 
The performance uses some audience interaction, strong language, loud noises and takes place in dim light. Contains discussion of fascism and white supremacy, and presentation of physical violence. 
Audience capacity: 12 audience members (2 performances) – sign up on the day!

4:30 Mark Reid: What would you say if I should let you speak? (Titus V.2.177)

A Performance-as-Research project testing ideas of audience interaction centred around participant empowerment juxtaposed with the visceral and revenge-obsessed world of Shakespeare’s early play.
Contains adult themes and depictions of violence.

5:15 BREAK + The Safe Use of Ladders and Stepladders (2)

6pm. Patrick Thomas: I Hate This World And I Hate You 

A live installation that examines one man’s love for his Idols, and how YouTube brings them both closer together and further apart. 
Contains bright lights, moving images, loud noises, aggressive content, and offers of audience interaction. 20 maximum audience at any one time (come and go as you please)

6:45pm. Alumni Panel

Ali Wilson, Ciara Tansey and Emmie Alderson, students who graduated from the MA last year, offer their thoughts, feelings and experiences of life as an MACPP graduate.

7:15pm Luke McDonnell: Foundation

A performance which explores the construction of memory through using sound and images created live on stage, with occasional help from the audience.
Contains offers of interaction.

8pm. Artists’ Live Discussion

Patrick Thomas, onlytheantscansaveusnow and Luke McDonnell talk about their work

8:30pm. Special guest, Phil Green: A Good Neet Aht

Phil Green presents an abridged version of a show submitted for his doctoral thesis – a show is about the places we grow up in and the traces they may or may not leave.

Click here for more information on accessibility and directions to the New Adelphi Building.


New Adelphi University Rd
Salford M5 4BR