So finally we seem to be having a rather frosty Indian summer, which makes it my favourite time of year. Make the most of it as next week it's time to retreat to dark windowless rooms, as Autumn season kicks off with a vengeance. Take a deep breath and gird your loins
- not just for the impending Emergency
but for a lot more...This weekend
there's the Vital Signs Festival
, including Mary Pearson's FoMO, mofos!
(tonight Fri 28 Sep) at the University of Salford (28-30 Sep) and Unlimited Theatre + RashDash's Future Bodies
at HOME (until 13 Oct). Tmesis Theatre's Beyond Belief
is at the Unity, Liverpool (28 Sep - 6 Oct).Next week (w/c 1 Oct)
while parts Mancunian are a bit slow off the mark, elsewhere, there's Furnace Festival
(1-6 Oct) at the newly renamed Leeds Playhouse including Selina Thompson's Salt
on Tue 2 + Wed 3 Oct. Also on Tue 2 Oct, Andy Smith's Summit
is at Axis Arts Centre, Crewe; and Michael Clark Company's to a simple rock'n'roll song
is at Storyhouse Chester. On Thu 4 Oct Jackie Hagan's This is not a safe space
is at Bradford Theatre in the Mill; while, closer to home Ellie Dubois's No Show
is at The Lowry on Fri 5 Oct (also at Leeds Carriageworks
on Mon 8 Oct). In Leeds, Sun 7 Oct is a bumper day in Slung Low's HUB with How To Party
and We are Ian's In Bed With My Brother
Not that I'm at all biased, but the only
place to be on Sat 6 Oct is at Z-arts with Word of Warning for Emergency 2018
. Against all sense of reason, I've crammed a totally unfeasible 30 performances into it, so it promises to be every bit a frenetic as ever.The following week (w/c 8 Oct),
in parts Mancunian, Wed 10 Oct
is really when things get going in earnest - and thereafter you can see a show a night! Not content with 30 shows, Word of Warning has another two - on Wed 10 Oct at The Lowry: a one-off
, Brexit-inspired pairing of Instant Dissidence's One Last Dance
accompanied by Leentje Van de Cruys's Belgian Waffling. Darren Pritchard's Rent Party
is also at the Klondyke in Levenshulme (10-13 Oct); Heiner Goebbels Everything that happened and would happen
is at Mayfield Depot (10-21 Oct); and Clod Ensemble's Placebo
is at The Lowry (11-13 Oct).
Elsewhere remains busy. Bradford Theatre in the Mill has its own unique leg of Instant Dissidence's One Last Dance
on Mon 8 Oct and Marlborough Theatre's New Queers on the Block
on Wed 10 Oct. Rebecca Atkinson-Lord's The Class Project
is at the LBT on Tue 9 Oct;and Xavier Velastin + Hannah Mook's Me and My Whale
is at Stage@Leeds on Wed 10 Oct.
The Arts Centre at Edgehill University has Karavan Ensemble's Pupik
on Tue 9 Oct, Tmesis Theatre's Beyond Belief
on Fri 12 Oct and A little bird told me's When did you stop dancing?
on Sat 13 Oct. Mary Pearson's FoMO, mofos!
is at the Capstone, Liverpool on Wed 10 Oct; and Eve Recacha's Aftermath
is at Axis, Crewe on Thu 11 Oct.
I did say, take a deep breath, because that's really quite a lot! I now need another sharp inhalation before diving headlong into technical meetings... 15 down, 15 to go... For something a little more calming, and to reassure me that it's all worthwhile, have a look at the Emergency
ps. Also look out for Becoming Storybook
's performances at Chapter 1 books dotted through October and November.
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WORD OF WARNING
Performance Programme Autumn/Winter 2018
Please note all events are Pay What You Decide
Sat 6 Oct, 12noon-10pm. PWYD | Z-arts
A day out for the curious, with:
Aidan Strudwick | Alexandrina Hemsley | Alicia Jane Turner | Avital Raz | BOXD Theatre | Camilla Canocchi | Chanje Kunda | Dead Good Theatre | Demelza Toy Toy | Emma Geraghty | Frances Kay | idontloveyouanymore | Katt Perry | Lise Boucon | Luca Federici | Magda Tuka + Opeaen | Mark Croasdale | Megan Rudden | Miss Englatina | Niya (a.k.a. Yani B) | Natalie Wardle | Paper People Theatre | Penelope Harrall | Peter Jacobs | Proud & Loud Arts | Rachel Gomme | Rosie Gibbens | Tom Cassani | Tom Halls | Two Blue Ticks.
Wed 10 Oct, 8pm. PWYD | The Lowry
One Last Dance — An Chéad Damhsa
Instant Dissidence, with guest Leentje Van de Cruys
Wed 21 Nov, 7pm. PWYD | The Lowry