Five years ago, David Tovey sat on a park bench, homeless and suicidal. The man who sat next to him saved his life. On 18 November, David and the Museum of Homelessness bring this story to Mayfield, in a new production developed by people who’ve faced homelessness.

Featuring models, poets, actors and musicians, Man on Bench is an opera like no other, a fairytale that places high fashion firmly in the hands of society’s most rejected people.

David’s visual, textile and performance work has been shown at Tate Liverpool, Tate Exchange at Tate Modern and Gloucester Cathedral.  His first documentary, Outsiders, airs on Radio 4 in on September 9. In early 2018, David received support as an emerging artist from Unlimited to stage.  Man on a Bench is part of his ongoing collaboration with the Museum of Homelessness, an independent national charity run by people who have experienced homelessness, and is dedicated to sharing art, histories and culture to change society for the better.

The performance rounds off the With One Voice International Arts and Homelessness summit and festival – week in which events will be taking place around Manchester that celebrate the power of art in tackling homelessness. The Mayfield Partnership is pleased to be supporting the performance as event partner.


Doors will be open from 2.30pm and the performance will finish no later then 4pm. Please wrap up warm.

Man on Bench is an interactive show that will contain different media including flashing light, noise and some visitors may find some of the content challenging.

Date, time and Address:

November 18, 2018

Purchase tickets:

Tickets are £ FREE. Click here for tickets