The sun is definitely out and the heat is on – it’s a very busy week in Manchester for culture vultures. Manchester International Festival has got the crowds piling into the city, but there’s also the Greater Manchester Fringe and the Nowt Part Of Festival also begins this week over in Salford. We’ve got the lowdown on the must-see’s!
The Greater Manchester Fringe
After an impressive start last week, GM Fringe is back with some cracking shows this week covering sci-fi, comedy,
Doctor Who scribe Keith Temple brings a blackly comic tale of a high-maintenance star of fading cult TV show, an everyman extra and their worst nightmare – an overexcitable fan all trapped in a lift at a sci-fi convention. Selling out fast, this is set to be a highlight of the festival.
SONTAR-HA! Doctor Who fans will want to get themselves to Fab Cafe on 9 July for a very special event celebrating 50 years of television’s top Time Lord. Local writer Rod Tame will be interviewing Sontaran actor Dan Starkey before an audience Q&A and a screening of one of his episodes.
Static, 8-9 July, Kings Arms
New Model Theatre bring an intriguing show to the Kings Arms combining brilliant storytelling with verbatim news reports to tell a coming of age story spanning a decade. This is the story of how a generation grew up with the world at their fingertips, how they learnt to switch off their screens and stand on their own two feet.
Princess Guide to Dating, 10 July, Taurus
Comedy comes to Taurus in a personal, interactive and inspirational how-to for dating for 21st century wannabe princesses. Disney promised we’d be princesses – so why are we crying into our Haagen-Dazs? A show for anyone who has ever loved, been loved or longed for a diamond the size of their fist.
It is the year 2050 – a utopia of eternal youth and perfect health, but with one big catch. Our own fixed expiry date. People reaching the end of their licensed age must submit to a government controlled euthanasia program. Today is the day of Will’s funeral. The day on which he will finally taste the Wine of India.
From the same team that brought you the critically acclaimed Year of the Sex Olympics comes a long wiped Wednesday Play first transmitted on the BBC in 1970, this will be the first time this play has performed anywhere in the world in 43 years.
Join four of the country’s brightest comedy talents including one of my favourite Manchester standups, Jonathon Mayor as well as David Stanier, Brennan Reece, Kevin Shevlin and compere Rich J Wall for a hysterical night of comedy.
There are lots more events also happening this week including The Kings Arms Vintage Fair (13 July), a double bill of comedy from Dave Turquoise Presents (12 July, Kings Arms) and celebrating their 25th anniversary, the Ultramagnetic MC’s come to Manchester (Band on the Wall, 11 July).
Full listings available over on the Greater Manchester Fringe website.
Nowt Part Of Preview
Specialising in original small cast drama, six North West companies will be performing a variety of plays on a rolling programme basis during the week. Jenny Trethewey who runs the John Cooper Clarke Theatre at the Black Lion in Salford is looking forward to hosting the event that will be bringing exciting new theatre to the space.
‘Nowt Part Of’ organiser Mike Francis Carvalho commented “The format and design provides an intimate alternative and balance to the Manchester International Festival and given the growth of interest in grass roots festival culture together with recent expansive media development, Salford is an ideal choice of location”.
A training seminar with a difference. If you’ve ever wondered what happens when a Murder Mystery Dinner company teach Efficiency for Modern Business, come and see ‘MacGuffin Industries’ doing their thing. Tongue-in-cheek entertainment and the first time To Die For have performed without the dinner! See The Fiction Stroker’s thoughts on a previous event here.
Late one November in 1989, Ultravox fan Barry visits his ex-girlfriend and is faced with a dilemma.. What would Midge Ure do? Things don’t turn out as expected in an amusing tale of obsession by award-winning writer Mike Francis Carvalho.
Teacup Theatre bring to life the story behind the everyday and after years of working as a waitress, Stephanie Claire has a few confessions to make. People laugh, cry, make up and break up, but most forget there is another guest at the table. An immersve observation of a night in the life of a waitress.