Soapbox

Friday 8th - Sunday 10th June
All Saints Park, Oxford Road

Get on your Soapbox!

We welcome you to spend some time with us listening to an eclectic mix of people
who want to have their say around the themes of the festival.

From theatre performances about the suffragettes and recreations of historical moments to raps about the effect of critical debt and live music inspired by protest. It’s all happening in All Saints Park.

A great lineup of comperes will stomp the soapbox. Reece Williams, Shirley May, Liv Barnes from Young Identity Collective, and punk poet Toria Garbutt will keep order as well as sharing some of their own spoken words and verse.

Special guests RE:CON (Contacts Young Producers and Programmers) will curate an hour of their own performances. The amazing and imaginative storyteller and author Michelle Green will give a public reading of ‘There Are Five Ways Out Of This Room’ which focuses on the plight of the suffragettes.

Don’t worry if you haven’t already signed up, each day there will be Open Mic slots where you can step aboard our hustings, designed and made by architecture students from Manchester Metropolitan University and The University of Manchester to have your say.

All Saint’s Park will be transformed for Soapbox with placards and banners, including a huge reproduction of the iconic CND symbol as part of CND’s UK-wide tour to mark the 60th anniversary of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament.

Check the Manchester Histories website for a full programme of speakers.

Soapbox is a collaboration between Manchester Histories and Manchester Metropolitan University, and has been kindly supported by Laing O’Rouke.

Friday 8 June

14:15 - 14:30

Stephen Pennells

14:30 - 14:45

Moving Panoramas

14:45 - 15:00

Open mic

15:00 - 15:30

Open mic

15:15 - 15:30

Alison Kershaw

15:45 - 16:00

Break

16:00 - 16:15

Rachel Graham (TiPP - Theatre in Prison and Probation)

16:15 - 16:30

Heathar Barrett

16:30 - 17:30

RE:CON Curated Hour

17:30 - 17:45

Break

17:45 - 18:00

Rosie Garland

18:00 - 18:15

Kate Feld

18:15 - 18:30

Open mic

Saturday 9 June

14:00 - 14:15

Manchester and Warrington Quakers

14:15 - 14:30

Manchester CND

14:30 - 14:45

Open mic

14:45 - 15:00

Open mic

15:00 - 15:15

Louise Fazackerley (Quarry Bank / National Trust)

15:15 - 15:30

Break

15:30 - 15:45

Maz Hedgehog

16:00 - 16:15

Burnage Local History Group

16:15 - 16:30

Julia Davenport (Ragiel and Gill Press)

16:30 - 16:45

Open mic

16:45 - 17:00

Break

17:00 - 17:15

Open mic

17:15 - 17:30

Michelle Green (Comma Press)

17:45 - 18:00

Fat Roland

18:00 - 18:15

Break

18:15 - 18:30

Open mic

18:30 - 18:45

Open mic

18:45 - 19:00

Open mic

Sunday 10 June

14:45 - 15:00

Open mic

15:00 - 15:15

Jennifer Reid

15:15 - 15:30

Johno Johnson (Rockdove Rising Housing Co-operative)

15:30 - 15:45

Break

15:45 - 16:00

Open mic

16:15 - 16:30

Open mic

16:30 - 16:45

Open mic

16:45 - 17:00

Break

17:15 - 17:30

Nathaniel Hall

17:30 - 17:45

Ali Ronan

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