Johan Persson

The Lowry Autumn Season 2017

Andrew Anderson

There are lots of new commissions in The Lowry’s Autumn Season; shows that pay scant regard to the traditional genre boundaries of dance, theatre and visual work, but instead mix them all together to create an exciting arts alloy.

Take Alexander Whitley’s 8 Minutes, for example. Is it art or science, film or music? Or what about Superposition, which features performer Chanje Kunda. Is she a poet or a pole dancer? And as for Candoco Dance Company, are they activists or artists? The answer of course is that they are all of these and more.

But what I really love about this season is that it takes a chance. The best example of this is Hush Hush, an evening where not only is the show new but the audience has no idea what it will be (last time it turned out to be mad-cap sci-fi spectacular Police Cops in Space).

Normally performing arts programming is based around putting on what audiences have enjoyed before, but instead The Lowry is instead pursuing a contemporary path. Yes, it is risky – after all, not every new show will be a success – but it also means audiences have the chance to see something unexpected and exciting…and after all, isn’t that what live performance is meant to be about?

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Cinema 2–22 February 2018, from £5.00

Phantom Thread at HOME

Theatre 27 January–24 February 2018,

Queer Contact Festival 2018

The Newspaper Boy
Theatre 13–24 February 2018, from £11.00

The Newspaper Boy at 53Two

Exhibitions 30 September 2017–25 February 2018, FREE

Reena Saini Kallat at Manchester Museum

Exhibitions 18 November 2017–25 February 2018, FREE

humansbeingdigital at The Lowry

Risham Syed Untitled Lahore Series 10, Courtesy the artist and Project 88, New North & South, Manchester Art Gallery
Exhibitions 30 September 2017–25 February 2018, FREE

Risham Syed at Manchester Art Gallery

Beacons: Flare at Caustic Coastal
Exhibitions 8 February–3 March 2018, FREE

Beacons: Flare at Caustic Coastal

Exhibitions 22 September 2017–4 March 2018, FREE

Steve McQueen: Ashes at The Whitworth

Hamlet at Bolton Octagon
Theatre 15 February–10 March 2018, from £12.00

Hamlet at Bolton Octagon