First ever play at Castlefield Viaduct to celebrate sustainable fashion

On July 27, 2023, a theatrical transformation will take place at Castlefield Viaduct as Contact Young Company (CYC) and Castlefield Viaduct join forces to present Hand Me Down.

This unique theatre event aims to explore the fascinating worlds of fashion and sustainability, bringing together personal style, emotional connections, and a call to action against the prevailing throwaway culture of the fashion industry.

Hand Me Down represents the first-ever theatre performance to grace the historic backdrop of Castlefield Viaduct, offering a picturesque and distinctive setting for this transformative experience.

In a symbolic gesture, audiences are encouraged to don their oldest and most cherished clothing, demonstrating the profound power of personal style and the narratives that garments hold.

Each piece of clothing tells a story, and through Hand Me Down, these stories will be celebrated, inspiring a shift away from the prevalent throwaway mentality.

Keisha Thompson, Artistic Director and CEO of Contact, expressed her enthusiasm for the collaboration, stating, “It’s a joy to join forces with Castlefield Viaduct on Contact Young Company’s latest creative endeavour.

Together, we will weave a tapestry of stories, emotions, and experiences, showcasing the immense power of young voices and their ability to challenge, inspire, and ignite change.”

The collaboration between CYC and Castlefield Viaduct, skillfully produced by Megan Griffith, represents a significant milestone in both artistic expression and sustainability advocacy.

Hand Me Down serves as a resounding call to action, reminding us of the transformative potential of our fashion choices in shaping a better future for our planet and communities.

Contact Young Company, known for presenting shows in unconventional spaces such as museums and skateparks, is excited to once again venture beyond the confines of traditional theatre.

Kate Picker, Operations and Experience Manager at Castlefield Viaduct, expressed her anticipation for the Viaduct’s first theatre performance, highlighting the importance of sustainability and intergenerational connections.

Picker stated, “The themes of sustainability and how young people can ignite change across the generations and encourage action towards protecting nature are important to everyone.

“We are looking forward to showcasing this talented group and their inspiring message.”

In a world where a mere 1% of clothing is recycled, CYC and Castlefield Viaduct are determined to pave the way for a sustainable future and inspire the next generation of conscious consumers.

Hand Me Down represents a significant step towards initiating a dialogue on ethical fashion choices and empowering individuals to make a positive impact through their wardrobe decisions.

Tickets for Hand Me Down are available at affordable prices ranging from £5-£10.

The showtimes are as follows:

  • Thursday 27th July | 5.30PM | Castlefield Viaduct

  • Thursday 27th July | 7.30PM | Castlefield Viaduct

  • Thursday 27th July | 9.00PM | Castlefield Viaduct

For further information and to secure your tickets for this remarkable event, please click here.

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