Stroker’s Picks: May 2014

Posted on May 15, 2014


Spring has most definitely sprung in Manchester with a veritable selection of events to tickle your cultural tastebuds in the coming days!

Manchester After Hours & NQ After Dark
Various venues citywide, Thursday 15 May 

Culture vultures will be excited by Manchester’s finest cultural and bohemian hotspots open their doors late for one night only. Acclaimed spoken word event Bad Language will be in the fine surroundings of The Portico Library with special guests Rosie Garland, Jo Bell, Rodge Glass and Marli Roode with your genial hosts Fat Roland and Joe Daly. Now Wave and Sounds From the Other City join forces over at Manchester Art Gallery for a special Thursday Late including ice cream from Ginger’s Comfort Emporium. Over in Castlefield, The Museum of Science and Industry hosts a #HookedonMusic quiz and silent disco.

If photography is your bag then you’ll want to head over to the Northern Quarter for Redeye’s Photographic Grids that aims to chart the Northern quarter through a public display of photographs taken across the evening. Twenty Twenty Two will have glow in the dark ping pong whilst The Bay Horse hosts exhibitions including Manchester Spins featuring vinyl sleeve design by legendary graphic designer Trevor Johnson and stylist Nicky Rybka Goldsmith with his photographic portfolio on show for the first time.

There is much much more going on, so head over to CityCo or Creative Tourist for more information on tonight’s events.


White Night
Waterside Arts Centre, Sale, 15-17 May

Another Manchester first, Nick Birchill’s debut piece presents the tragic true story of the Jonestown Massacre and the writer who attempts to retell it.

Starring Sinead Parker (Norris and Parker, V For Vendetta), Richard Patterson (The Best) and Lauren Banks (Contact Young Actors Company), White Night presents a fascinating deconstruction of documentary theatre, raising and challenging the moral ambiguity of using real-life catastrophe for the creation of theatrical performance.

On the evening of the 18th November 1978, 918 North American adults and children committed mass suicide in a secluded settlement in the Guyanese rainforest. This event has since been referred to as The Jonestown Massacre. To date, this tragedy marks the largest single loss of US civilian life in a non-natural disaster until the events of September 11th 2001.


Boy on a Bed
The Lowry Studio, 15-16 May

Award winning theatre producers Organised Chaos return with a premiere of a new Arts Council funded Boy On A Bed cropped webshow by Edwin Preece.

Adam likes running. He sprints through snow, heat, gales and rain. One day when he gets soaked by a passing bus Stella offers him a towel. Stella likes beauty. She is training to be an architect. Instantly attracted to each other they make plans to move in together. Benedict likes sitting around and smoking. He is a painter hoping for a lucky break. As Adam runs by Benedict sketches him. When he persuades Adam to sit for a painting, the result is a picture that leaves its mark on all of them for the rest of their lives.

Colonial Bast**ds
The Lantern Theatre, Liverpool, 20 May 

Colonial-Bastards1For political theatre at its most inappropriate, join the Colonial Bast**ds at their Liverpool performance of ON CHARITY, raising the funds to support their run at the Brighton Fringe!

The Bast**ds often question whilst polishing their muskets: “What (and by Jove!) does money have to do with a human life?”

Introducing the out-of-work actors turned charity fundraisers, the dogs with diabetes celebrity gala and the Sari-wearing Etonian. You are cordially invited to stick on a red nose and fondle the finger buffet all in the good name of aid.

Having originally devised the piece after a few eye-opening government-funded placements abroad, the Bast**ds have delighted and appalled audiences at ChangeMakers Charity conference 2012, Liverpool Threshold Festival 2013 and Edge Hill Performance & Domination Colloquium 2013.


Removed and Destroyed
The Kings Arms, 20-24 May 

RemovedDestroyedMore new drama from Salford’s Kings Arms this month with #YOLO and Mon Mon also providing entertainment over the month.

One day in a country in the not too distant future, a man called Ted Daniels loses his briefcase and is subsequently arrested for terrorism. Removed and Destroyed is a black comedy which explores a grotesque world without human rights and the absurd logic used to justify the removal of basic human freedoms.

Shilly Shally
Three Minute Theatre, 27 May 

Shilly Shally are hosting a showcase night with music, comedy and poetry at The Three Minute Theatre on 27th May. Their special guest is Huddersfield’s Isaac Grinsdale. For your listening pleasure 3MT also have Claire Mooney, stand up from Tom Short, classically-trained-but-not-quite-good-enough former-music-college-misanthropists Hawkeye and Windy and poet Calum Dwyer.

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