Past Events



Scroll down for a look at some of the great events and guests we’ve hosted since we started…

Pen:Chant presents... Newfangled

Pen:Chant presents... Newfangled

Friday, 22nd June 2018 7:30 PM

Pen:Chant presents Newfangled! - a night of brand-spanking material from emerging and established acts.

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The 'Newfangled' Micro-comission

The 'Newfangled' Micro-comission

Monday, 21st May 2018 5:00 PM

Our very first micro-commission - get paid to create a new short piece of performance with a new collaborator and perform it at our first 'Newfangled' event!

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Pen:Chant & Gorilla present 'SHE PWR' - Feat. Eggs Collective, Ríoghnach Connolly & Ellis Davies, Femi Keeling, Cam Spence and much, much, more!

Pen:Chant & Gorilla present 'SHE PWR' - Feat. Eggs Collective, Ríoghnach Connolly & Ellis Davies, Femi Keeling, Cam Spence and much, much, more!

Thursday, 8th March 2018 6:00 PM

An International Women's Day special event made of art, crafts, talks, music, performance, DJs, cocktails, canapés, and glitter. 6pm - 8pm free entry, 8pm - late £8/£10/£12. Raising funds for WAST (Women Asylum Seekers Together).

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Pen:Chant #24 feat. Josephine Oniyama, Dave Viney & Jonathan Mayor!

Pen:Chant #24 feat. Josephine Oniyama, Dave Viney & Jonathan Mayor!

Saturday, 13th January 2018 8:00 PM

This month, we present a best-of-the-North-West PUSH Festival special as HOME feat. Manchester’s soulful chanteuse Josephine Oniyama, Lyrical, laugh-out-loud stand-up poet Dave Viney, & Glitter-mouthed, charmingly vicious stand-up comic Jonathan Mayor!

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Standup Comedy Masterclass with Victoria Cook!

Standup Comedy Masterclass with Victoria Cook!

Thursday, 11th January 2018 6:00 PM

3-hr masterclass from BAFTA-nominated comedian and writer Victoria Cook

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Pen:Chant #23 feat. Rosy Carrick, Testament and The EDL!

Pen:Chant #23 feat. Rosy Carrick, Testament and The EDL!

Saturday, 25th November 2017 9:00 PM

For this protest & revolution special, we’ll be presenting a special line-up of acts whose art is not a mirror, but a hammer – not reflecting but shaping (cheers Brecht!). And even if they don’t change the world tonight, they’ll certainly change yours. Watch this space for an incredible line-up!

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The Language of Dissent: Rosy Carrick Workshop

The Language of Dissent: Rosy Carrick Workshop

Saturday, 25th November 2017 4:00 PM

From the work of Russian revolutionary poet Vladimir Mayakovsky to our present-day political writers, join Rosy Carrick for a 2 hour creative writing workshop that explores the fascinating relationship between language and revolution.

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Pen:Chant #22 feat. Feat. Rosy Carrick, Avital Raz, and the EDL!

Pen:Chant #22 feat. Feat. Rosy Carrick, Avital Raz, and the EDL!

Friday, 24th November 2017 9:00 PM

For this protest & revolution special, we’ll be presenting a special line-up of acts whose art is not a mirror, but a hammer – not reflecting but shaping (cheers Brecht!). And even if they don’t change the world tonight, they’ll certainly change yours. Watch this space for an incredible line-up...

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Pen:Chant #21 feat. Byron Vincent, Zoe Kyoti & Reece Williams!

Pen:Chant #21 feat. Byron Vincent, Zoe Kyoti & Reece Williams!

Saturday, 9th September 2017 9:00 PM

​This month, we present a special show in partnership with The Lowry at Paines Plough’s beautiful pop-up theatre-in-the-round space, Roundabout, featuring side-splitting word-slinger and one man superlative magnet Byron Vincent, spell-bindingly evocative singer-songwriter Zoe Kyoti & powerfully political yet pleasingly personable poet Reece Williams!

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Pen:Chant # 20 - National Theatre's River Stage, Southbank, London

Pen:Chant # 20 - National Theatre's River Stage, Southbank, London

Saturday, 5th August 2017 4:00 PM

For our twentieth outing, and first outside Manchester, we present Pen:Chant on the National Theatre's River Stage, featuring Isaiah Hull, Kate Fox and the Alabaster DePlume Quartet!

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Pen:Chant #19 feat. Foreign Interlood, Stephen Bailey & Louise Fazackerley!

Pen:Chant #19 feat. Foreign Interlood, Stephen Bailey & Louise Fazackerley!

Thursday, 19th January 2017 7:30 PM

A cast iron all-local line-up for our debut at HOME's PUSH Festival 2017, featuring rising comedy star Stephen Bailey, Manchester’s freshest new hip hop trio Foreign Interlood and BBC R3 Verb New Voices winner Louise Fazackerley

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Pen:Chant presents... Re:Discovering Your Voice, a workshop with Ben Mellor

Pen:Chant presents... Re:Discovering Your Voice, a workshop with Ben Mellor

Sunday, 15th January 2017 4:30 PM

Ben Mellor delivers a 3 hr workshop for writers and performers on discovering and developing your written and spoken voice. Part of PUSH Festival 2017.

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Pen:Chant #24 feat. Josephine Oniyama, Dave Viney & Jonathan Mayor!

Pen:Chant #24 feat. Josephine Oniyama, Dave Viney & Jonathan Mayor!

Friday, 13th January 2017 8:00 PM

This month, we present a best-of-the-North-West PUSH Festival special as HOME feat. Manchester’s soulful chanteuse Josephine Oniyama, Lyrical, laugh-out-loud stand-up poet Dave Viney, & Glitter-mouthed, charmingly vicious stand-up comic Jonathan Mayor!

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Pen:Chant #24 feat. Josephine Oniyama, Dave Viney & Jonathan Mayor!

Pen:Chant #24 feat. Josephine Oniyama, Dave Viney & Jonathan Mayor!

Friday, 13th January 2017 8:00 PM

This month, we present a best-of-the-North-West PUSH Festival special as HOME feat. Manchester’s soulful chanteuse Josephine Oniyama, Lyrical, laugh-out-loud stand-up poet Dave Viney, & Glitter-mouthed, charmingly vicious stand-up comic Jonathan Mayor!

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Pen:Chant #24 feat. Josephine Oniyama, Dave Viney & Jonathan Mayor!

Pen:Chant #24 feat. Josephine Oniyama, Dave Viney & Jonathan Mayor!

Friday, 13th January 2017 8:00 PM

This month, we present a best-of-the-North-West PUSH Festival special as HOME feat. Manchester’s soulful chanteuse Josephine Oniyama, Lyrical, laugh-out-loud stand-up poet Dave Viney, & Glitter-mouthed, charmingly vicious stand-up comic Jonathan Mayor!

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Pen:Chant #24 feat. Josephine Oniyama, Dave Viney & Jonathan Mayor!

Pen:Chant #24 feat. Josephine Oniyama, Dave Viney & Jonathan Mayor!

Friday, 13th January 2017 8:00 PM

This month, we present a best-of-the-North-West PUSH Festival special as HOME feat. Manchester’s soulful chanteuse Josephine Oniyama, Lyrical, laugh-out-loud stand-up poet Dave Viney, & Glitter-mouthed, charmingly vicious stand-up comic Jonathan Mayor!

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Pen:Chant #24 feat. Josephine Oniyama, Dave Viney & Jonathan Mayor!

Pen:Chant #24 feat. Josephine Oniyama, Dave Viney & Jonathan Mayor!

Friday, 13th January 2017 8:00 PM

This month, we present a best-of-the-North-West PUSH Festival special as HOME feat. Manchester’s soulful chanteuse Josephine Oniyama, Lyrical, laugh-out-loud stand-up poet Dave Viney, & Glitter-mouthed, charmingly vicious stand-up comic Jonathan Mayor!

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Pen:Chant #18 feat Bethlehem Casuals and Laurie Bolger

Pen:Chant #18 feat Bethlehem Casuals and Laurie Bolger

Thursday, 8th December 2016 7:30 PM

Our seasonal special and last show of the year featuring celebrated London Poet Laureate Laurie Bolger and a special extended set from groove folk 7-piece Bethlehem Casuals. Bring your dancing shoes!!

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Pen:Chant #17 feat. Bellatrix, Soweto Kinch, Gein's Family Giftshop.

Pen:Chant #17 feat. Bellatrix, Soweto Kinch, Gein's Family Giftshop.

Wednesday, 21st September 2016 7:30 PM

Pen:Chant makes its debut at Manchester's Gorilla, featuring the stellar line-up of Bellatrix, Soweto Kinch and Gein's Family Giftshop!

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Pen:Chant #16 @ Gullivers, NQ

Pen:Chant #16 @ Gullivers, NQ

Thursday, 14th July 2016 7:30 PM

Featuring World Poetry Slam Champ Harry Baker, Electrifying Singer/Songwriter Julie E Gordon, and hilarious sketch comedy duo Norris & Parker

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Spoken Word Masterclass with Harry Baker

Spoken Word Masterclass with Harry Baker

Thursday, 14th July 2016 2:00 PM

World Poetry Slam Champion Harry Baker shares his writing and performance skills. Suitable for beginners and experienced poets alike.

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Pen:Chant Presents 'Man Up, Jonny Fluffypunk' & Kirsty McGee!

Pen:Chant Presents 'Man Up, Jonny Fluffypunk' & Kirsty McGee!

Thursday, 14th April 2016 7:30 PM

​This month, we present Man Up, Jonny Fluffypunk, the acclaimed debut show from stand-up poet, sit-up storyteller and give-up musician Jonny Fluffypunk!

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Pen:Chant - 3rd March 2016

Pen:Chant - 3rd March 2016

Thursday, 3rd March 2016 7:30 PM

Ben Mellor hosts a night of spoken word, live music, comedy, cabaret and performance from the very best local, national and international acts.

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