People Are Happy On Trains

TwentyTwentyTwo, Manchester; Monday 8th July, 2019

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Theatre made national news last week with the announcement that a London playhouse is to offer advance trigger warnings to audiences who may experience distress at certain scenes in their productions.

The Silent Majority denounced the move as PC gone mad, but surely there is a powerful argument that trigger warnings for individual scenes don’t go far enough: what about those of us throwing up in disgust upon clicking GM Fringe’s “What’s on” link, why aren’t we given trigger warnings for plays with titles that absolutely do offend??

war/war/war theatre are a start-up collective hailing from Galway in the West of Ireland. One can only presume that people are happy on trains across the Irish Sea, because people sure as hell are not happy over here in these here M postcodes.Read More »

Men Chase, Women Choose

Men Chase, Women Choose

S. Giddens, E. Shotton; Hope Mill Theatre, Hope Mill, 113 Pollard Street, Manchester, M4 7JA; 14:00, Sunday 7th July, 2019.

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Figure 1 – Women doing science

 

Abstract

Giddens & Shotton present a powerful argument that latent, societal gender narratives embedded in early 21st century scientific paradigms are false – specifically because the science was all done by men.

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A Quick Guide To Ruining Your Life

The King’s Arms, Salford; Saturday 6th July, 2019

 

It started with a cheap bottle of rioja. 

With a start like that, you can probably guess then how this might end.

Dawn Peechman is 33 and about to become an International Sales Representative. She’s big in pharma and has a massive new job lined up, abroad, in the sun. Big money one presumes. It’s all looking good.

So why then is she moping around a gloomy attic in a cowskin onesie???Read More »

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The Crypt, St. Philips Church, Salford; Saturday 6th July, 2019

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Just off Chapel Street in Salford lies the basement crypt of the 200-year-old St Philips Church: an eerie vault which still holds intricately carved headstones, wispy spider’s webs, dark tunnels – and no doubt countless chronicles of those departing souls that have passed through it over the years.

An apt location then for an exhibition of art works by the revered but mysterious painting phenomenon that is Gretel Sauerbrot. 

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Gobby

The King’s Arms, Salford; Friday 5th July, 2019

I  T  ’  S     A     P  A  R  T  Y  !  !

 

That’s what the bunting says. The music is on, the drinks are flowing: Bri (Like The Cheese) is throwing a massive party and we’re all invited!!

She’s got the party poppers popping, she’s got paper hats, balloons, booze – all we need to do is put our hands up like the ceiling can’t hold us!

Woo.

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A Touch of Magic

The King’s Arms, Salford; Thursday 4th July, 2019

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35 years. You’d get less for murder. Much less.

And after seeing the state of Carol and Ron Turner’s marriage you might well actually resort to murder.

The Turners are on holiday. Looking to make sure his Mrs has a good time, Ron books a relaxing fortnight away in sunny Tenerife, surely the perfect way to celebrate a big wedding anniversary?

The champagne flows, the lobster is ordered, there’s sun, sea, sand, there’s even the smallest and tiniest possibility of sex – it’s a holiday that couldn’t possibly go wrong.Read More »

One

HOME Theatre, Manchester; Wednesday 8th May, 2019

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Nasi Voutsas is perched on top of a large A-framed ladder and he’s not coming down. Nervously pacing around beneath him is Bertrand Lesca, urging him to descend: first he asks nicely, speaking softly about love and friendship; but when that fails he turns to audience members and asks them to help out.

Nothing seems to work though, Nasi is just not having it. He’s staying put.Read More »