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2018 Lineup

We're proud to be presenting 20 companies across 2 cities.
Here is the 2018 Incoming Festival Lineup.
See the full schedule here.


Me and My Bee
by ThisEgg

Our fuzzy little friends need our help, so we’re launching a political party disguised as a party party disguised as a show. Bees are dying and, without them, we will too.

Multi award-winning theatre company ThisEgg invites you to save the world - one bee at a time. A new family comedy with live music.

Plant the seed for change; join the Bee Party.
 Me & My Bee is a show for children and adults, tackling a big issue in an intimate manner. 

LONDON: Monday 25 June, 7pm
MANCHESTER: Sunday 1 July, 7pm


by Footprint Theatre

Alone on the night shift, two data analysts monitor radio waves for signs of alien contact. Every shift is the same. But tonight is different. Tonight is the night they’ve been waiting for.

The award-winning Footprint Theatre returns to Incoming Festival with a brand new show, Signals, a show about human connection, space exploration and Jaffa Cakes. A new dark comedy that asks how it feels to be lost in the cosmos with only each other for company.

Shortlisted for the Underbelly and New Diorama Untapped Award 2018. 

LONDON: Monday 25 June, 8.30pm
MANCHESTER: Saturday 7 July, 8.30pm


Action at a Distance 
by Argonaut Theatre

A geopolitical thriller about desperation, detachment and drones.   In a small Nevada town, out-of-work plumber Chris stumbles across Josh, a charity worker exposing the truth behind US drone strikes in Syria and Iraq. Her fascination with his world and determination to win his approval sends her down a path towards obsession and the darkest of ethical dilemmas.

Action at a Distance is a dark, thrilling play about the relationship between the citizen and the nation in which they live, Obama's complicated legacy, and how far we’re willing to bend the rules of moral behaviour to help the ones we love.

LONDON: Tuesday 26 June, 7pm
MANCHESTER: Tuesday 3 July, 7pm


The Iconoclasts
by Dear Hunter

"A night of redemption for Northern Ireland's favourite performing family." 

The Iconoclasts tells the story of an exuberant family façade that is just about ready to crack. Music, magic, poetry, drag and comedy meet in an explosive night of would-be redemption for the former celebs, but the cabaret-style comeback night just goes further and further off course.

Accompanied by a live funk band, fronted by the sexy Sweet Stax, lucky ticket holders are encouraged to grab a drink and strap in for the fiery return of the showbiz legends.

LONDON: Tuesday 26 June, 8.30pm
MANCHESTER: Saturday 30 June, 8.30pm


The Bearpit 
by Kopfkino

The night is young. The world is ending. The relationship is exploding.

Publicly, Flora and Nic are the perfect couple. Privately, they haven’t spoken to each other in months. As the glaciers melt and the rain begins to fall, they’ve got one night to settle the scores. One of them is going to crack. The Bearpit interrogates what we tell ourselves to be true versus the reality raging beneath the surface.  The perfect couple stare into the void as their public facade shatters. On the eve of their anniversary, they tell the story of the end of their world, realising the destructive chasm they live in has left them unable to function without the other.   

LONDON: Wednesday 27 June, 7pm
MANCHESTER: Friday 29 June, 8.30pm


Anyone’s Guess How We Got Here
by Barrel Organ

Don’t respond, hold my breath, move the sofa away from the wall, and lay down in the gap made between, and hide. And wait. And when they go, poke my fingers out the letterbox. Stretch them wide. Feel the cold of the air. And think, if I left them there long enough, the wolves might come, and eat me piece by piece.

She’s standing in what used to be her bedroom. She’s come back to reclaim what she buried. The car waits outside. On debt, eviction, childhood, and the thing under the floorboards. On what remains, long after you’ve paid it off.

After 2014’s multi award-winning Nothing and 2015’s Some People Talk About Violence, Barrel Organ return with their third show. 

LONDON: Wednesday 27 June, 8.30pm


A Heart At Sea 
by Half A String

Be enthralled by this epic musical folktale told on a miniature scale. A Heart at Sea uses haunting live music to tell the story of a young boy who bottles up his heart and throws it into the sea. Original songs are set to breath-taking visuals centred around a beautifully carved wooden chest that holds the secrets to the story.  

Intricate puppets are swept through a wooden world. Be astounded as backdrops flip up, pirouette and change, sending the Boy tumbling through danger and discovery. Puppets roam on this unique contraption to recount the story of whales, tiny boats and sea captains.   Join our hero as he embarks on a wild, nautical journey to recover his missing heart.

LONDON: Thursday 28 June, 7pm
MANCHESTER: Friday 29 June, 7pm


A Clown Show About Rain
by Silent Faces

It makes sense to take an umbrella out when rain's coming, but some things can't be forecast like the weather. Forth, Cromarty and Dogger are all at sea; the storm strikes, the rain lashes down, strong winds have turned their umbrellas inside out. They’re trying to keep warm and dry, but their raincoats have shrunk in the wash. In a world where we're expected to be equipped for everything, what happens when our mental resilience falls short? 

In this dazzling look at the unpredictable nature of our mental health, Silent Faces see what it is to try to battle the elements when your weatherproofing is failing.

LONDON: Thursday 28 June, 8.30pm
MANCHESTER: Monday 2 July, 7pm


by Malaprop Theatre

LOVE+ is about loving, being loved, being human, and whether these things are intertwined.  It explores what happens to romance when there's a machine who can do everything for you; cook for you, clean for you, never forget your birthday or how you like your tea, tell you you’re beautiful, hold you when you’re crying and still make you cum. It’s not about whether or not we can love machines, because we all already do. It’s about what it’ll be like when they love us back.

The award-winning debut production from Malaprop, LOVE+ showcases the beginnings of the company's signature style and idiosyncratic sense of humour in a present which is both future history and erstwhile sci-fi.

LONDON: Friday 29 June, 7pm
MANCHESTER: Saturday 30 June, 7pm


by Wilson and Hart

A story about love.

A man and a woman sit down to breakfast in late-1940s Paris. Comedic and touching, Breakfast is inspired by the poetry of Jacques Prévert and the silent films of Buster Keaton.

This is a nostalgic story about courtship and loss, told without a single word, scored live by piano and accordion. With glorious music, striking visuals, and electric physical comedy, Breakfast is an ode to essential human intimacy.

LONDON: Friday 29 June, 8.30pm
MANCHESTER: Saturday 7 July, 7pm


The Coolidge Effect 
by Wonder Fools

“You watch porn. Right? You don’t have to tell us. That’s not what this is about.”  

In 2018, pornography is all around us and the amount we watch it is growing at an exponential rate: in the UK alone, 10 million porn videos are watched every day.  As society’s access to pornography increases, so does our unwillingness to talk about it. The Coolidge Effect seeks to break this taboo.  

Devised from interviews with porn advocates, addicts, mental health experts and scientists, these unique stories and viewpoints are told through four intertwining narratives.

LONDON: Saturday 30 June, 7pm
MANCHESTER: Sunday 1 July, 8.30pm


Sex With Robots and Other Devices
by Cloakroom Theatre

"“I turned it off. Shut it down. Re-booted it. It started asking questions and I didn’t like that, made me feel uncomfortable.”

Winner of the 2018 Adrian Pagan Award for Best New Play, Nessah Muthy’s fearless examination of the future of sex comes to Incoming after a successful run at The King’s Head Theatre.   

Journey to a world where your partner can arrive in an Amazon package or your child can be chosen off the top shelf. It could be the answer to all our problems, but what might we lose along the way?  

LONDON: Saturday 30 June, 8.30pm
MANCHESTER: Tuesday 3 July, 8.30pm


Lights Over Tesco Car Park  
by Poltergeist Theatre

All of this is true.

 Basically: Robert reported lights over the Tesco car park. Then he told us an alien was coming to stay in his spare room. With the help of some historical abduction stories, a latex alien mask, and a bucket of flying saucers, we're working out whether to believe him. Maybe this is a good place to believe him?

 Maybe you can help?

 A docu-comedy for the post-truth generation.

LONDON: Sunday 1 July, 7pm
MANCHESTER: Thursday 5 July, 7pm


Things We Chose to Save
by Clown Funeral

"As I grew up, I wondered if there was a better way to remember the important things. And it turns out, there was.”

In ten years’ time, we discover a way to record, store and replay memories at will. Editing memories becomes a booming business, and Molly is one of its leading lights. She watches thousands of other people’s memories every day. Billie, on the other hand, has no idea what she’s getting into when she decides to sell a memory of her own.

 Their worlds collide in this new production from exciting new writing/devising company Clown Funeral. 

LONDON: Sunday 1 July, 8.30pm
MANCHESTER: Sunday 8 July, 8.30pm


The Search for a Black-browed Albatross 
by The Backpack Ensemble

Coat? Check. Tent? Check. A father’s lifelong ambition to complete? Check.

 Charlie is about to embark on the journey that her late father never did. She is off to find the one bird that had eluded him, to rekindle their lost relationship.

 A beautiful, joyous, handmade adventure with puppetry, music, and a girl that just really wants to see a bird.

LONDON: Monday 2 July, 7pm
MANCHESTER: Wednesday 4 July, 8.30pm


by The Pappy Show

A celebration of manhood.

What do we feel, what do we show, what do you see?

We are throwing ourselves headfirst into exploring this question with a cast of young men of colour, sharing their stories, their experiences, their hopes. From our tenderness to our silliness, our strength to our vulnerability from the way we walk to the pitch of our voice. We are young men whose communities, families and heritage span the entire world.

 We want to show the things about boys that you don’t always get to see. 

LONDON: Monday 7 July, 8.30pm
MANCHESTER: Sunday 8 July, 8.30pm


[insert slogan here] 

In 2016, Volvo launched their ‘Human Made’ advertising campaign. New adverts focused on individual human lives. School children. Explorers. Factory workers. Global sales increased by 20%.

This is an attempt to do the same. A show about objects. The objects we use. The stories we tell about them. A story about one person, everyone and nobody at all.

With live music and video artistry, [insert slogan here] is a fevered excavation of adverts, objects, memory and longing. 

MANCHESTER: Monday 2 July, 8.30pm


by Uncanny Theatre

Is there really no such thing as bad publicity?
Let’s find out... I

t feels like the ones who irritate us the most are the ones we talk about, no matter how shocking they get. So Uncanny Theatre have decided to beat them at their own game and have a go at being famous for a change. With your help, we can stir up enough mayhem on Twitter during the show to finally be a big deal; then maybe we can make things a bit better.

 What goes into the most controversial show of all time is decided by you in this audacious game of attention seeking. It’s silly, topical and playful... ...until suddenly it isn’t.

LONDON: Tuesday 3 July, 7pm
MANCHESTER: Friday 6 July, 7pm


The Room at the Top of the House
by Stand By Theatre

A visually inventive insight into mental health and the impact it can have on a family.

Josh finds the outside world a fascinating and frightening place. At a time when he is most vulnerable, a room of forgotten things quickly becomes the perfect place for him to escape reality.  His family make a desperate attempt to help him realise there is more to life than photos on a shelf and postcards under the door.   

This is an honest and uplifting show about fear and the impact our decisions have on those we care about, told through mesmerising movement, poetic text and visual inventiveness.

LONDON: Tuesday 3 July, 8.30pm
MANCHESTER: Wednesday 4 July, 7pm


The Economy of Ecology
by Manic Chord Theatre

An urgent and provocative story about human relationships, communications and our impact on the natural world, where the often overlooked can sometimes become the simplest of solutions. Blending stunning visuals and imaginative physical storytelling,

The Economy of Ecology uncovers the power of human touch and the unexpected links between all things, questioning whether we are a touch deprived culture. 

LONDON: Wednesday 4 July, 7pm
MANCHESTER: Thursday 5 July, 7pm


A Super Happy Story (About Feeling Super Sad) 
by Silent Uproar Productions

Sally’s a happy person. She doesn’t let little things get her down and almost never cries. But she’s got an illness. It makes her feel like she isn’t the person she wants to be, but she doesn’t want anyone to know about it.

Written by Olivier award winner Jon Brittain (Rotterdam and Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho) with music by Matthew Floyd Jones (Frisky & Mannish).

t’s a joyful, buoyant, gleeful, slightly silly, sugar coated, unrelenting and completely super happy show! Except for the bits about depression.  

LONDON: Wednesday 4 July, 8.30pm


Left My Desk
by Lost Watch Theatre

Becca leaves the office at 8.56am.
Uniform is waiting.
They speed across the city, blues and twos blaring, on the trail of a missing woman.
This is like a police drama!
Except Becca is a social worker, and they never put social workers in police dramas.

Budgets across councils are at breaking point, making a difficult job increasingly impossible. Demand is high, wages are low, and burnout is common. Based on research, interviews and testimonial, Left My Desk is a play about social care in England today, exploring the crisis unfolding throughout our system.

MANCHESTER: Friday 6 July, 8.30pm

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