Skip to main content

14th November 2021

Contact Theatre is serving (new) looks and Pink Lemonade

The Queer House’s Pink Lemonade plays at the recently reopened Contact Theatre later this month
Contact Theatre is serving (new) looks and Pink Lemonade
Photo: Bronwen Sharp.

Contact Theatre closed its building during my first year at university. The only show I caught at the building was Peaches Christ’s Hocum Pokem (a drag parody of Hocus Pocus), starring Christ, Jinkx Monsoon and Holestar. Off-site, I caught Handlooms at Alankar House of Saris – located just down the road on Wilmslow Road.

Whilst Contact continued putting on shows at other venues, I always felt a sense of longing and anticipation whenever I walked past the building – and I saw the building a lot, for not only is it situated on the University of Manchester campus but I also lived mere roads from it.

Now, in my fifth and final year at university (I know…), Contact has finally reopened its doors!

One of the first pieces of theatre to play at Contact’s refurbished building is the Queer House’s Pink Lemonade. Pink Lemonade had a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe 2019 before being revived at the Bush Theatre in September of this year.

Now, Manchester is being treated to this acclaimed play – and Contact is the lucky (well-deserving) venue to host it.

The plot of the play is as follows:

“Just when Mika was starting to feel at home in their own body, they find themselves caught between Simmi who’s sweet like sugar but ain’t a lesbian and Token Toni who loves a bitta bashment and only dates black and brown butches – how can they catch a break when straight women are like junk food?

Original beats collide with poetry and movement in this explosive autobiographical piece of storytelling. Do not miss this ‘dynamic, witty and moving’ (The Scotsman) journey of sexuality, identity and self-discovery.”

Written and performed by Mika Onyx Johnson, originally co-produced by HighTide, revived in association with the Bush Theatre, and directed by Emily Aboud – the Queer House’s Pink Lemonade plays at Contact Theatre from 23rd until 27th November.

This show has content warnings and allergy info.

Jay Darcy

Jay Darcy

Theatre Editor. Instagram & Twitter: @jaydarcy7. Email: [email protected].

More Coverage

Review: The Commitments

The Commitments, a jukebox musical based on the film of the same name, is filled with great music, energetic acting, talented musicians, and great laughs

Review: Disney 100 – The Concert

Disney 100: The Concert, hosted by Janette Manrara, is a touching tribute to an institution that has defined multiple generations

Elvis posthumously achieves his dreams at AO Arena

Elvis in Concert is back, with the King live on screen with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra and special guest Jerry Schilling

Shubbak Festival comes to The Lowry for two Arabian Nights

Shubbak Festival, the UK’s largest celebration of contemporary Arab arts and cultures, expands beyond London with two touring shows visiting The Lowry