Stroker’s Picks: November

Posted on November 6, 2012


There’s even more to keep you entertained and in the warm this winter from Manchester’s finest including the return of two firm favourites, and some new plays!

Jordan – reviewed here
The Kings Arms, Salford – until November 10th

A modern day Rumpelstiltskin fairy tale, Jordan tells the story of a mother driven to the ultimate act to avoid having her child taken away from her. Join Sian Walker in a “powerful and captivating” performance as the tragedy of Shirley Jones and her baby Jordan unfolds as they await the decision of the Court: prison – or freedom. Based on a true story.

Forwards and Backwards – reviewed here
The Kings Arms, Salford – until November 9th

A chance encounter changes two lives forever in this fast-paced and emotional story of love, fate and sacrifice. Described as “Graceful, elegant and fluid” by Buxton Fringe Review and “captivating” by Manchester Mule, watch Square Peg Theatre bring this unique two-hander to life with nothing but an empty stage.

Gin and Chronic Arthritis 
3MT, November 8th

The Pickles family return for their last date in Manchester! Love is in the air in this popular play from MaD Theatre Company. Previously reviewed here.

The Ballad of Halo Jones – reviewed here
11/12 and 17 November – The Library Pub, Leeds

Now, if I had a pound for every time I’d been asked “when is Halo Jones coming back?” after it’s phenomenal run in January, I’d be pretty rich by now. Luckily for you all, it’s on it’s way back! This time, bigger and better at the Thought Bubble convention in Leeds.

Officially sanctioned by publishers 2000AD and Rebellion and original writer Alan Moore and artist Ian Gibson, this timeless tale of the girl next door struggling to survive in a 50th century ghetto was a hit for fans old and new back for Janaury’s Lassfest.

Producer Gareth Kavanagh comments: “It is an honour to be staging Halo Jones in the midst of Thought Bubble. Halo’s tale built on unemployment, immigration and urban decay balanced against Halo’s tale of struggle, but above all hope is perhaps more relevant today than it has ever been.”

This unmissable new production performs at Leeds’ The Library pub for four performances only with a stellar cast including Morag Peacock (Storm Mine) as Halo Jones, Sinead Parker (Norris and Parker) as Rodice and Will Jude Hutchby (The Year of the Sex Olympics) as Toby.

New Men
The Kings Arms, Salford – 19-25 November

Fresh from their success with spooky Lamp Oil, House of Orphans and Studio Salford present a new version of this tale of two men, a bridge and the unresolved water flowing beneath it. Paul and Harry haven’t seen each other for some time and with good reason. Their lives have taken different paths and when they finally come together on a broken bridge, it’s not only each other they have to face, but also their own past.

The Good Life
29 November, 1/2, 6-9 December, The Lass O’Gowrie 

In the fine tradition of Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads and Porridge, The Lass O’Gowrie is staging another reinvention of a comedy classic with Bob Larbey and John Esmonde’s The Good Life.

For those not in the know, on his 40th birthday Tom Good decides he’s had enough of the rat race and decides him and his wife will become self-sufficient and convert their garden into a farm – much to the horror of their neighbours Margot and Jerry.

Jane Leadbetter (Talking Heads) plays Barbara and Mike Woodhead (Dr. Smith in the acclaimed Midnight) plays Tom in this rediscovery of the hilarious writing of Larbey and Esmonde.

A Christmas treat with three full episodes being staged, this is set to be a highlight of the festive season.

Tickets for all plays at The Kings Arms are available at the Kings’ website here. Tickets for Halo Jones are available from Wegottickets  here. Tickets for The Good Life are also available via Wegottickets here

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