Stroker’s Picks: GM Fringe – The Final Week

Posted on July 24, 2013


The final week of GM Fringe is here. and what a exceptionally packed month its been! From lost plays coming back to the stage through to stand-ups storming Salford via musical interludes at Band on the Wall, its been a month to remember – and it’s not over yet! Lets have a look what the final week has in store:

The Ma-TRIO-ska, 23/24 July, Kings Arms

It’s funny, it’s witty, it’s MOLTO BELLO! Three Italian actors, a lot of sketches, surprises, colours, improvisation, there are no words to describe it, so you’ll have to come and see it for yourself! Arrivederci! All the way from Italy, lively cabaret at the Kings!

RodTameRod Tame: Strange World, Odd People, 25 & 28 July, Lass O’Gowrie

A regular performer across the UK and recently the United States, performance poet Rod presents his debut poetry collection, published by Flapjack Press. “Playfully energetic with a good dollop of the profound” (Gerry Potter, poet, playwright & director). “No geek tragedy, this show contains mild peril, scenes of unexpected lust and some strong language” (CORKS!). Read more about the launch of Strange World, Odd People here.

Life, 25/26 July, Lass O’Gowrie

Is there life on other planets? A cast of characters answer, spanning the silly, the surreal and the pseudo-scientific. Written and performed by Carly Tarett, writer/performer of ‘Sinful and star of V for Vendetta and The Ballad of Halo Jones.

The Ray Harryhausen Skeleton Orchestra, 25-27 July, Town Hall Tavern

Brand-new sketch comedy created by the finest writers and actors on the Manchester Fringe. So new, its barely legal. So sketch-based its like its been designed. The Ray Harryhausen Skeleton Orchestra fear their harps!

Check out the video trailer below:

Socks in SpaceThe Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre, 26 July, Lass O’Gowrie

Join the darlings of stage and screen as they jet off into space with their new show of songs, sketches, socks and violence. “The Abbott & Costello of the sock world” (Time Out). “Filthy Wee Tykes” (The Scotsman). “Superbly written, crafted and performed show” (The Punch) “Had every single audience member… laughing until they cried” (Edinburgh Evening News). Bound to sell out, if not sold out already, don’t miss the Manchester leg of their tour.

Full Stage Splash: A Comic Look at the Comic Book, 27-28 July, Kings Arms

Join the Sigil Club as they dare to condense the history of comic books into one hour of comedy. WARNING: May contain explosive sound effects, angry puppets, and history. Essential for passive and active comic book collectors!

Big Sid, 31 July – 4 August, Lass O’GowrieBigSid

A forgotten Jack Rosenthal play comes back to the stage about a cricketer who realises that perhaps playing the game with a straight bat is not all it is cracked up to be after he retires, trapped in the amber of his glorious sporting past and the humdrum of small town life. Brought to you by the team behind recent fringe hits The Best, Coronation Street 1977 and Hot Fat, this is a rare chance to see this powerful script, originally transmitted by the BBC in 1976.

More information, as always, and full listings over on the Greater Manchester Fringe website.

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