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Mayfield Depot

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Immersive Opera Brings Life, Death and Second Chances to Mayfield Depot at 3pm on 18 November

Five years ago, David Tovey sat on a park bench, homeless and suicidal. The man who sat next to him saved his life. On 18 November, David and the Museum of Homelessness bring this story to Manchester’s iconic Mayfield Depot in a new production developed by people who’ve faced homelessness. MoH and David are also partnering with the brilliant Manchester based Love for the Streets for the production.

David is an Unlimited emerging artist and his visual, textile and performance work has been shown at Tate Liverpool, Tate Exchange at Tate Modern and Gloucester Cathedral. His first documentary, Outsiders, airs on Radio 4 in on September 9. Man on a Bench is part of an ongoing collaboration with the Museum of Homelessness, an independent national charity run by people who have experienced homelessness, and is dedicated to sharing art, histories and culture to change society for the better.

The performance comes at a time of huge awareness and political focus on homelessness in Greater Manchester. Andy Burnham, the Mayor of the city region has made a personal pledge – and donated a proportion of his salary – to addressing the issue. The number of people sleeping rough in Manchester has increased seven-fold since 2010.

The performance rounds off the With One Voice International Arts and Homelessness summit and festival – week in which events will be taking place around Manchester that celebrate the power of art in tackling homelessness. The Mayfield Partnership, which is leading the regeneration of the 24-acre site in the city centre is pleased to be supporting the performance as event partner.

Featuring models, poets, actors and musicians, Man on Bench is an opera like no other, a fairytale that places high fashion firmly in the hands of society’s most rejected people.

Man on Bench Fairytale is commissioned and supported by Unlimited, celebrating the work of disabled artists, with funding from spirit of 2012.

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Doors will be open from 2.30pm and the performance will finish no later then 4pm. Please wrap up warm as it's likely to be cold at the venue.

Man on Bench is an interactive show that will contain different media including flashing light, noise and some visitors may find some of the content challenging and/or triggering.

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The venue wheel chair accessible and ticket bookers will be sent further instructions about the day in advance.

Man on Bench Fairytale will feature BSL interpretation, captioning via the Difference Engine app, and audio description. Accessible seating is available for those who need it, as well as a wheelchair viewing area. If you have any questions or concerns about access, please reach out to our producer Adam Hemmings

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