City of Glass at HOME

Andrew Anderson

City of Glass at HOME Manchester, Manchester 4 — 18 March 2017 Tickets from £10.00 — Book now

Reading Paul Auster’s City of Glass gives you a feeling rather like you get when you stand between two mirrors; reflections disappear off into infinity, and no matter how hard you look you can’t really see where it all ends. That’s because the book’s central character is a crime writer named Dan Quinn who has become a private investigator, who then encounters both Paul Auster and Paul Auster the detective.

Confused? You should be. But while this multi-layered meta approach might sound like it is too tricky to be entertaining, City of Glass is actually a very enjoyable read, with as many thrills as any good detective tome.

Here’s the plot: Quinn receives a phone call in the middle of the night, which sets him off on what he believes will be his next case. As he goes deeper into the investigation he becomes tangled up in it, and then with a mysterious woman. Soon finds he is no longer solving a mystery but becoming part of it himself. The question is: can he escape?

Anyway, all this is just a prequel to saying that now the book has been turned into a stage show on at HOME – which is good news for fans of Auster’s work. And the good news continues, because 59 Productions have co-created it, which means it won’t only be a theatre piece but also a hi-tech production.

Chances are good that you’ve seen 59 Productions’ work before, with MIF commission, box office smash War Horse and musical An American in Paris on their resumé. Their cinematic, layered approach should be perfect for capturing the crazy and occasionally claustrophobic nature of the novel.

City of Glass at HOME Manchester, Manchester 4 — 18 March 2017 Tickets from £10.00 Book now

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Where to go near City of Glass at HOME

Indian Tiffin Room, Manchester

Indian Tiffin Room is a restaurant specialising in Indian street food, with branches in Cheadle and Manchester. This is the information for the Manchester venue.

The Ritz Manchester live music venue
Music venue
The Ritz

The Ritz was originally a dance hall, built in 1928, has hosted The Beatles, Frank Sinatra and The Smiths and is still going strong as a gig venue now.

Event venue

Homeground is HOME’s brand new outdoor venue, providing an open-air space for theatre, food, film, music, comedy and more.

Café or Coffee Shop
Burgess Cafe Bar

Small but perfectly-formed café – which also serves as the in-house bookstore, stocking all manner of Burgess-related works, along with recordings of his music. It’s a welcoming space, with huge glass windows making for a bright, welcoming atmosphere.

Rain Bar pub in Manchester
City Centre
Bar or Pub
Rain Bar

This huge three-floor pub, formerly a Victorian warehouse, then an umbrella factory (hence the name), has one of the city centre’s largest beer gardens. The two-tier terrace overlooks the Rochdale canal and what used to be the back of the Hacienda, providing an unusual, historic view of the city.

Bar or Pub
The Briton’s Protection

Standing on the corner of a junction opposite The Bridgewater Hall, The Briton’s Protection is Manchester’s oldest pub. It has occupied the same spot since 1795, going under the equally patriotic name The Ancient Britain.

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