Theatre in Manchester and the North

Kristy Stott, Theatre Editor

Happening this weekend – check out The Ministry of Lost & Found at Manchester’s Central Library for free family-friendly theatre fun. Pack a picnic, pick up your map and join the expedition!

Catch Where We Are at HOME next week for a celebration of Mancunian theatrical goodness. Two Manchester based theatre companies. Two performances to celebrate Manchester.

Summer is here and performance is spilling out from the traditional theatre settings. Check out our recommendations for off-site performances. Our picks include: Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing at Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre and childhood classic Gulliver’s Travels in Queens Park, Bolton.

Waterside Arts Centre’s REFRACT:18 Festival kicks off this July, with an unmissable blend of experiential performance, music and events for all ages.

We recommend booking early for The Fishermen at HOME, Queens of the Coal Age at the Royal Exchange and Anna Jordan’s new play – The Unreturning at Liverpool’s Everyman.

Read on for more of our top recommendations for performance in the north.

Here are our picks

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Theatre 30 August–2 September 2018, from £7.00

Contact Young Company + Hetain Patel: Oh Man at Contact

Get comfy as Contact’s bold, young artists explore what it means to be a man. This event takes place at a secret location which has yet to be announced.

Contact In The City Part Two
Theatre 15 August–23 December 2018,

Contact In The City Part Two

Contact announces In The City Part Two – its radical city-wide programme of performance during the buildings exciting transformation.

Contact at STUN Studio, Z-Arts
Theatre 16–27 October 2018, from £6.00

CONTACT at STUN Studio, Z-Arts

Contact will be taking over STUN Studio at Z-Arts for two weeks of established and new commissions.

Keisha Thompson: Man On The Moon
Theatre 16–20 October 2018, from £7.00 - 13.00

Keisha Thompson: Man On The Moon at the STUN Studio, Z-Arts

The award-winning Man on the Moon is a journey through space and time, fuelled by love, fear and Afro-futurism.

Nima Sene: Beige B*tch
Theatre 26–27 October 2018, from £6.00

Nima Sene: Beige B*tch at the STUN Studio, Z-Arts

A cultural realness blitzkrieg –flawless Beige B*tch tackles imperfection in the era of the image.

The Lovely Bones at Liverpool Everyman
Theatre 25 September–6 October 2018, from £10.00

The Lovely Bones at Liverpool Everyman

Capturing the hearts of readers throughout the world, The Lovely Bones is a unique coming-of-age tale which has now been adapted for the stage by the award-winning playwright Bryony Lavery.

Chameleon Youth
Dance 25 June 2018, FREE

Chameleon Youth Free Tasters at Central Library

Chameleon Youth, part of Company Chameleon, is calling out for new members for 2018-19. If you’re aged 11 to 21, this is an incredible opportunity to be part of a cutting-edge home-grown dance company.

Dance 18 June–7 July 2018, FREE

Chameleon Youth Free Taster Sessions

Chameleon Youth, part of Company Chameleon, is calling out for new members for 2018-19. If you’re aged 11 to 21, this is an incredible opportunity to be part of a cutting-edge home-grown dance company.

Dance 18 June–7 July 2018, FREE

Chameleon Youth Free Tasters at Central Library

Chameleon Youth, Manchester’s youth dance company, is calling out for new members for 2018-19! If you’re aged 11 to 21, this is an incredible opportunity to be part of a dance company that is inspiring and different to the mainstream.

Culture Guides

Exhibitions in Manchester and the North

Exhibitions

Proto-feminism, the secret lives of birds, and the darkly satirical images of one of Britain’s leading political artists – we look forward to some of the top exhibition highlights coming up this month.

Cinema

Salford-born actor, Albert Finney is celebrated with a career retrospective at HOME, whilst director Stanley Kubrick gets the same treatment at FACT. Elsewhere there are one off screenings of classics, both new and old.

Manchester Day

Families

It’s family festival fever. The National Trust Children’s Book Festival, University of Manchester Community Festival, Manchester Histories Festival and that’s just for starters.

Author Holly Ringland.

Literature

Despite the traditional summer break, there’s still plenty of poetry and prose to catch, book and magazine launches, birthday parties, and even an exhibition dedicated to libraries. And if you don’t like sitting still for too long, there’s even a literature trail or two to check out…

Music

While this summer’s festivals – including bluedot, The Good Life Experience and Festival No. 6 – provide a welcome distraction, the likes of the RNCM and The Stoller Hall continue to provide adventurous programming.

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