The exhausting selection of Fringe festivals in Manchester in July may be over, but there’s still more on the horizon as August celebrates Pride Fringe! We’ve got our picks of that, and more from Manchester’s finest as they travel north of the border for the Edinburgh fringe!
Edinburgh Fringe: 2 – 26 August
Where: Ryan’s Bar
When: Aug 5-10, 12-17, 19-24
What we said: “Anarchic, funny and importantly fun, Norris and Parker deserve an hour of your time at the Edinburgh Fringe”
Where: Gilded Balloon Teviot
When: Aug 1-25 (not 21st)
What we said: “You’d have to be devoid of humour not to enjoy the Socks, it makes for a brilliant night of entertainment.”
Where: New Town Bar
When: Aug 4-8, 11-15
What we said: “Writer Sarah Evans has crafted a solid story, elevated by the remarkable Seymour, with humour and sadness running through the play as time relentlessly ticks by.”
Where: Assembly Hall
When: Aug 1-26 (not 12th)
What we said: “Intense, claustrophobic, and unpredictable, Jordan is not easily forgotten.”
Where: Northern Stage at St. Stephens
When: Aug 20-24
What we said: “Like a twisted version of QI, surely it is plays like this embody the spirit of Fringe theatre.”
Others to see:
- Fresh from the GM Fringe, Static (Aug 3-24, The Fiddler’s Elbow), a story told through news reports as a generation learns to stand on its own two feet.
- York’s Six Lips Theatre brings a steampunk retelling of Faustus (Aug 12-25, Sweet Grassmarket) to the stage as puppets and music retell this story under the bleak skyline of the industrial revolution.
- Kill the Beast bring Tom Baker’s (Doctor Who) The Boy Who Kicked Pigs (Aug 1-14, Pleasance Courtyard) to the fringe after sell out runs in Salford and London.
- Melvin Burgess’s award-winning and hard-hitting novel Junk (Aug 11-17, C) is brought kicking and screaming into the 21st century.
- After a critically acclaimed preview in Manchester’s Royal Exchange brings a series of interlocking stories in There Has Possibly Been an Incident (Aug 3-24, not 5th, 12th or 19th, Northern Stage, St. Stephens)
- The University of Manchester’s Drama Society takes a darkly comic look at loss, loneliness and senility in Strangeways (Aug 12-24, theSpace)
- Treat yourself to an academic comedy cocktail in the Bright Club (Aug 7-25, The Assembly Rooms) featuring Manchester’s very own Fat Roland (Aug 13/14 only)!
Back in Manchester…
Once upon a time in a council house not so very far away lived Ma. She was at the end of her tether with her feral kids and was about to be evicted because of the bedroom tax. However Ma’s Prince Charming appears in the guise of Hector the inspector whom she meets on ‘Uniformdating.com’. Hector promises to whisk her away to his great big house in the posh part of town which he shares with his incontinent Mother. Will they live happily ever after…?
‘Posh Tramps & Papooses is a hilarious modern fairy tale where class and cultures collide and follows in the spirit of the critically acclaimed Gin and Chronic Arthritis.
Sandy Beach, Manchester’s Drag Queen extraordinaire is getting married – but will her day go without a hitch?
Sandy Beach has a dream wedding to organise, but doesn’t have the time to do it, so she enlists her big boned sister Wendy. But a disaster as huge as Wendy’s mid morning snack is looming. Can Sandy sing her way out of yet another catastrophe (no lip-syncing here!).
New Attitude (Three’s a Crowd, Four’s a Mother, Life in a Bubble) make their 3MT debut with a full length musical for Pride!
You can see more of what’s on during Pride Fringe here.
Contact Compacts brings the fringe to Contact with two nights of new writing from some of the North West’s most exciting playwrights and emerging local talent. Writers including Ian Winterton (Sherica, South), Jane McNulty (JB Shorts, EastEnders) and Lucia Cox (Lamp Oil) headline this first production of shorts from Pull Your Finger Out – a new production company made up of Contact staff.
Part of Lounge Fest, a two week festival of spoken word, drama and music running Aug 19 – 31.