About

Mother’s Ruin: trailblazing queer performance platforms for the regions

Mother’s mission is to facilitate radical and robust queer performance platforms in regional spaces to increase LGBTQ participation and engagement with wider audiences.

Mother’s aim is to foster abiding relationships with venues to cultivate a thriving, cohesive network of creative support for regional LGBTQ artists and wider audiences – particularly for marginalised communities and areas of cultural isolation.

Mother not only nurtures regional, new and emerging talent but also provides greater opportunities for existing and established LGBTQ artists to perform in the regions.

Since 2009 Mother’s Ruin has hosted events in underground clubs, pubs, established theatres, old mills and intimate studio spaces in and around Manchester and the North West.

We’ve worked with many regional, national and international artists including:

Anna Phylactic, Barbara Nice, Bourgeois & Maurice, Brian Lobel, Bryony Kimmings, Cheddar Gorgeous, Clementine The Living Fashion Doll, David Hoyle, David Mills, Debs Gatenby, Dickie Beau, Dusty Limits, Fat Roland, Gerry Potter Poet, Ida Barr, Jackie Hagan, John Sizzle, Jonathan Mayor, Jonny Woo, Kate O’Donnell, Mx Justin V Bond, Lady Miss Kier, The Lipsinkers, Lorraine Bowen, Mae Martin, Marcus Reeves, Mr Teds, Myra Dubois, Mzz Kimberley, Pussy Faggot (NYC), Rosie Lugosi, Scott Capurro, Scottee, Sophie Willan, Timberlina and Topping & Butch, amongst others.

Mother’s Ruin was set up in 2009 by queer artist Tim Redfern and local businessman Kevin Henry at Manchester’s Greenroom. It is currently based at Contact.

What’s a Mother’s Ruin show like? Watch the video below!

Our events tend to sell out so tickets are best bought in advance. Check the show page for the latest info.

We’re always on the lookout for fresh new talent. Email us at news@mothersruin.co.uk  We look forward to hearing from you.