Stroker’s Picks: February

Posted on February 5, 2013


Lassfest kicked off 2013 in style with some brand-new and returning treats for theatre-goers in Manchester. February is set to be no less busier as you can see below!

Queer Contact Seasonsecretdiaries
4-9 February, Contact Theatre

Celebrating LGBT History Month 2013 in style comes Contact’s Queer Contact season featuring the best in comedy, spoken word, dance and theatre. Includes The House of Contact featuring solos, duets and new danceworks, the acclaimed Secret Diaries of a Teenage Queer (reviewed here) and a talent show like no other in Mother’s Ruin: Who’s Got the Max Factor?

Keep up to date with the shows at Contact’s website, or on Twitter #queercontact


until 26 February, Cornerhouse

Four presents an exciting selection of brand new commissions from four UK-based artists.

Liz West’s colour drenched installation of bright objects invite you to look inside. Tristram Aver has reinterpreted 19th century oil paintings to create an altered view of contemporary Britishness and urban living. Kate Sully has created a giant petri dish whose ‘cultures’ – made from printed fabric, wiring and other found objects – suggest organic formations. Nicola Ellis’ human-sized sculpture is made from irregular shaped paddlestones and has an unearthly, cocoon like appeal.

Curated and developed by Cornerhouse’s young curators Liz Gibson, Alex Leigh and Neetu Roy, the team responsible for the successful 2012 show Lost is Found, Four is an exciting and dynamic presentation of these new commissions.


In a Land Much Like OursLandLikeOurs
6-8 February, Kings Arms

From Rob Johnston (Einstein’s Daughter, Kafkaesque) comes a new play developed with RADA and The Writers’ Guild of Great Britain.
Following a violent and unexplained tragedy, a couple are slowly torn apart by the corrosive need to understand why. Looking on and providing a perspective of his own, a perspective that is bizarre, compelling, and disturbing, is the young man at the centre of the tragedy.
Tickets here or on the door if not sold out.

12/13 February, Lass O’Gowrie

Jack Thorne’s (Skins, Shameless) latest play concerns Rob and Stacy. Rob gives a rambling account of the events of a night of passion he can’t deal with. What transpires are some unexpected and disturbing relevations that challenge our perception of Rob and his perception of himself. Highly anticipated, this limited run is not to be missed.

Tickets available here or on the door if not sold out.


Chinese New Year
10 February, Various Venues

Manchester’s Chinatown is all set to have one of the biggest celebrations of the Year of the Snake outside of London. With a Chinese market in Albert Square, fireworks and a parade, why not pop down and join in the festivities!


Returning Treats:

Grimm Up North
7 February/21 February, Stockport Plaza, Manchester Dancehouse

Regional masters of horror are back with a couplet of double screenings. On 7 February at Stockport Plaza they will be celebrating boundary-pushing director Pascal Laugier with his latest work The Tall Man and the film that made him (in)famous Martyrs. Meanwhile on February 21, they’re back at the Dancehouse with a double-bill featuring Citadel and Sleep Tight.

More information over on the Grimmfest website.


The Good LifeGoodLife
11-14 February, Kings Arms

The critically-acclaimed Good Life returns to the stage. Mike Woodhead and Jane Leadbetter star in three episodes including the Christmas special! Full review here.

Tickets available from WeGotTickets here.


Wrong! The Musical
17 February, Kings Arms

Wrong:  We take some of the best musical numbers in history… change the lyrics and make it all WRONG! Songs from The Sound Of Music, Annie, The Little Mermaid, Jesus Chris Superstar, Cats, Mary Poppins, Oklahoma… and many more live at the Kings Arms!

Tickets available from WeGotTickets here.

Join us next month for more exhibitions, plays and events from Manchester and beyond! If you would like to feature something, e-mail me at!

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