22 December 2014

Polly Checkland Harding
Photo from the production, with Christopher being carried

The cultural countdown to Christmas continues, with the twenty-second post in our advent calendar. Today: A curious incident and the Blitz.

The award-winning adaptation of Mark Hadfield’s novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time has transferred from London’s National Theatre to the Lowry. Winner of seven Olivier awards in 2013, this play follows the story of Christopher, a 15 year-old who is exceptional at maths, but less equipped to deal with the everyday world. When he finds his neighbour’s dog dead one morning, he sets off on a journey that turns his world upside down. This production is brilliantly brought to life, and of the sort that you’ll kick yourself if you miss it. Make it a properly special evening with a meal over at Damson Media City. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, The Lowry, 2.30pm & 7.30pm. Tickets from £30.

Do more. If you’ve got a free afternoon, bob along to IWM North’s Christmas Blitz tour: this 20 minute walk explores the impact of the Second World War Blitz on Britain taking in historical objects such as a barrage balloon and a Dennis Fire Fighting Trailer Pump from Oldham. Roy Taylor, who witnessed the Blitz with his grandparents in Salford, will be talking about his memories of it. It’s free and, best of all, should leave time to peruse the shelves at Booths supermarketIWM North, 3.30pm. Free.

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Things to do right now

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Pottery at Earth Pig Pottery and Fine Art in Buxton

Visual Arts Until 1 December 2022, from £20

Graffiti at Zap Graffiti

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Blacksmithing at Forge Four

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Embroidery with Sara Dennis at Lancaster Castle

Activity Until 1 December 2022, from £59

Making silver stacker rings at The Old Granary

Activity Until 1 December 2022, from £13

Candle making at Cheshire Workshops

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Glass fusing at Glassmonkey Studio

Textile taxidermy
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Textile taxidermy with Jaki Bogg at Craven Arts Studios

Activity Until 1 December 2022, from £3.50

Knittaz with Attitude: Yarnbombing at Upside Down Coffee

Cinema Until 8 December 2022, from £7.95

Aftersun at HOME