warnmcr: tempting fate...


As if, in the current political climate, we needed any more portentous omens, it's another Friday the 13th and this one has a full moon... In the performance world, you could see it as heralidng either full-on party-time, or a complete horror show - depending on your perspective...

Next week (w/c 16 Sep) is full-on! Wed 18 Oct sees the kick-off of both Orbit Festival at HOME and SICK! (18 Sep - 5 Oct).  This week, the former includes the excellent Paul O'Donnell(19+20 Sep) and The Pappy Show (20+21 Sep); the latter includes Candoco with Hetain Patel(18+19 Sep), Ursula Martinez (Wed 18 Sep) and Laurence Clarke (Thu 19 Sep) - all at the Lowry.

Derelict Live presents Zuppa's The Archive of Missing Things at Didsbury Library on Tue 17 Sep; at Harris Museum, Preston on Sat 21 Sep; and at Lancaster Library on Tue 24 Sep. Chris Thorpe's Status is at the Royal Exchange Theatre (19 + 20 Sep) and at The Holbeck, Leeds on Sun 22 Sep.
In Sheffield, Theatre Deli has Dong Trieu Nhuyen's B.A.R.E on Wed 18 Sep and Rosa Postlethwaite's Composed on Thu 19 Sep. In Leeds, on Thu 19 Sep, the newly re-branded CLAY (formerly Live Art Bistro) has Lucy + Addrian Hutson's Bi-Curious George + Other Side Kicks; and Stage@Leeds has the Truth to Power Cafe.

We, at Word of Warning, are all about Emergency on Sat 21 Sep. All Pay What You Decide, you can now read about the 22 daytime at NIAMOS pieces - installation, durational, limited capacity, body-based and short performance; and the 12 more short performances in the evening at STUN + Z-arts. 

The following week (w/c 23 Sep) the festival clash continues with LaJohnJosephYES YES NO NO and SH!T Theatre at HOME; while SICK! moves to Hulme with Lara ThomsDying TogetherWe Need to Talk About Death and Before The End plus Hunt & Darton's Radio Local.The Royal Exchange Theatre also has RashDash, while further afield Two Destination Languageare in Ormskirk; and Josh Coates + Neal Pike are in Sheffield.

I'm off to howl at the Emergency moon!

Best

Tamsin
 


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Performance Programme
Autumn/Winter 2019

Sat 21 Sep, 12noon-10pm. PWYD | Hulme
EMERGENCY 2019
A day out for the curious.
Daytime: 12noon-4.30pm | NIAMOS
Alex Bradley, Bill Duffy, Charlotte McShane, Emergency Chorus, Gillian Knox, Holly Spillar, Jade Williams, Janet Charlesworth, Kellie Colbert, Kelvin Atmadibrata, Kris Canavan, Maya Chowdhry, Peter Jacobs, Pierce Starre, rahtattoo, Ross Graham, Shkiesha, Tamar + Jo, Thomas Mayer, TomYumSim + Will Dickie.
Evening: 5pm-10pm | STUN Studio + Z-arts
Adam John Roberts, Anna West + Louise Cross, Callum Berridge, Helen Sulis Bowie, Jazmine Webb, Katy Dye + Craig Manson, Lara Buffard + Gur Arie Piepskovitz, Rebekka Platt, Ross McCaffrey, Shahireh Sharif, Tania Camara, The Strange Names Collective + Vendetta Vain.

Wed 2 Oct, 8pm. PWYD | The Lowry
TETRA-DECATHLON
Lauren Hendry, directed by Jenna Watt

Wed 23 Oct, 7.30pm (doors 7pm). £5/10/15 | NIAMOS
ACEPHALOUS MONSTER
Ron Athey

Wed 6 Nov, 8pm. PWYD | The Lowry
I PROMISE YOU THAT TONIGHT
Tom Cassani

(PWYD indicates you Pay What You Decide)

Word of Warning Autumn/Winter 2019 is brought to you by hÅb — with NIAMOS, STUN, Z-arts + The Lowry. Supported using public funding by Arts Council England.

warnmcr: up in the air + still no idea...


As September sets in and the wider political world seems ever more Through The Looking Glass, in these parts the performance world is still pretty quiet... but make the most of it, as all too soon the festivals descend on the city like the freshers on Asda..!

Next week (w/c 9 Sep) for something a touch up in the air: Everything I See I Swallow is at The Lowry on Wed 11 + Thu 12 Sep; while over in Liverpool, they have Still No Idea at the Unity on Fri 13 + Sat 14 Sep.

The following week (w/c 16 Sep) is when it all goes a little bit bonkers, with Chris Thorpe at the Royal Exchange Theatre and both Orbit Festival at HOME and SICK! Festival occupying the same dates: 18 Sep - 5 Oct. Elsewhere there's the return of Zuppa to Preston; BARE and Composed in Sheffield: and Lucy HutsonTruth to Power Cafe and Chris Thorpe in Leeds.

The main event, of course (well, for me, at least) is the twentieth Emergency on Sat 21 Sep, which is shaping up to be an absolute monster. My task now is to prep for a truly unfeasible 26 technical meetings in one day tomorrow - oh for cloning to be available..!

Best

Tamsin
 

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Performance Programme
Autumn/Winter 2019

Sat 21 Sep, 12noon-10pm. PWYD | Hulme
EMERGENCY 2019
A day out for the curious.
Daytime: 12noon-4.30pm | NIAMOS
Evening: 5pm-10pm | STUN Studio + Z-arts


Wed 2 Oct, 8pm. PWYD | The Lowry
TETRA-DECATHLON
Lauren Hendry, directed by Jenna Watt

Wed 23 Oct, 7.30pm (doors 7pm). £5/10/15 | NIAMOS
ACEPHALOUS MONSTER
Ron Athey

Wed 6 Nov, 8pm. PWYD | The Lowry
I PROMISE YOU THAT TONIGHT
Tom Cassani

(PWYD indicates you Pay What You Decide)

Word of Warning Autumn/Winter 2019 is brought to you by hÅb — with NIAMOS, STUN, Z-arts + The Lowry. Supported using public funding by Arts Council England.


warnmcr: convoke or go rogue...


As the damp dregs of Summer drift away and the 'treacle* world decompresses post-Edinburgh, we find ourselves poised to convoke a new season. While I'm tempted to follow fashion and prorogue this Weekly Warning for another week or two, instead I thought I'd take the opportunity to let you know about the new Word of Warning Autumn/Winter 2019 Programme. (*theatreacle!)

Starting with an unusually early Emergency on Sat 21 Sep - our twentieth (yes 20!) sprawls across the cavernous NIAMOS in the daytime, then ups-sticks back to Z-arts for the evening. Current count of works is 34 - which is the biggest we've ever done in one day - so watch this space!

We will also be returning to The Lowry for two visits - the first for Lauren Hendry's Tetra-Decathlon, directed by Jenna Watt; the second for Tom Cassani's new feat of prestidigitation I Promise You That Tonight.

October sees something a bit special - the return to Manchester of the iconic Ron Athey with Acephalous Monster, once more taking over the decaying splendour of NIAMOS in a sited version of this radical ritual for transformation.

Elsewhere in the general locality, everything really kicks off in earnest w/c 16 Sep. So in the interim - for planning purposes - you could check out some of the further flung festivals: IBT The Summit in Bristol (11-13 Oct) + Fierce in Birmingham (15-20 Oct).

I'm off to juggle the logistics of 34 pieces and 2 buildings and to wonder why on earth I'm doing it!

Best


Tamsin
 

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Sat 21 Sep, 12noon-10pm. PWYD | Hulme
EMERGENCY 2019
Daytime: 12noon-4.30pm | NIAMOS
Evening: 5pm-10pm | STUN Studio + Z-arts

Wed 2 Oct, 8pm. PWYD | The Lowry
TETRA-DECATHLON

Wed 23 Oct, 7.30pm (doors 7pm). £5/10/15 | NIAMOS
ACEPHALOUS MONSTER

Wed 6 Nov, 8pm. PWYD | The Lowry
I PROMISE YOU THAT TONIGHT

(PWYD indicates you Pay What You Decide)

Word of Warning Autumn/Winter 2019 is brought to you by hÅb — with NIAMOS, STUN, Z-arts + The Lowry. Supported using public funding by Arts Council England.


warnmcr: festival fail... an addendum


Festival fatigue definitely took its toll last week -  I was so bogged down in Edinburgh spreadsheets that I totally forgot to add that this weekend (Fri 26 - Sun 28 Jul) you can catch a sneak preview of some of the work headed that way,  via Theatre in the Mill, Bradford's Edinburgh Weekender which includes Katherina Radeva (Two Destination Language), Javaad Alipoor, Demi Nandhra, Duncan Speakman, Ben Mills and others.

Meanwhile, closer to home, Refract Festival is continuing at Waterside Arts, Sale (til Sat 27 Jul) including Catching Comets with Beach Body Ready tonight, Mon 22 Jul; Meraki Collective on Wed 24 Jul; Nathaniel Hall (with Fulfilment) on Thu 25 Jul and Motionhouse on Sat 27 Jul.

Below a repeat of my Edinburgh Fringe (2-26 Aug) info:

2019 is a British Council Showcase year - which is a good place to start - though much of it may have already been to parts mancunian (in which case I'm not highlighting it here).  While most things on my radar are, as ever, at Summerhall, there's more than a smattering at Zoo SouthsidePleasance, plus a lot of interesting-looking dance at DanceBase, which is where I'd be heading if I had more time.

For my own whistlestop daytrip purposes, on the shortlist is: Cade + McAskillEmma FranklandOntroerend GoedScottee + FriendsCatherine HoffmanLucy McCormick, Seke Chimutengwende + Alexandrina HemsleyLouise OrwinHarry Clayton-WrightDaniel Hellman, Javaad AlipoorDressedBryony KimmingsMr + Mrs ClarkRidiculusmusConcha Vidal.

If you want to dig a bit deeper, once again I've uploaded WoW's long list (sorted by artist name) at the Weekly Warning blog. As ever, it's just my pick for my own purposes, largely from paper and I don't really focus on internationals as they're beyond our programming paygrade. For a tipster more reliable and with broader tastes, you can now find Lyn Gardner's picks via Stagedoor. Final tips - check dates carefully as you don't want to fall prey to random days off - and my main tip is to log-in to EdFringe, and use the favourites facility (you can then export them as a spreadsheet and sort it as you please - it's what keeps me sane!)

After this unplanned addendum, I really am hoping to put this on a break... see you end August!

Best
 
Tamsin

Ps. the call for artists is still open for Emergency (21 Sep). Deadline 9 Aug.


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warnmcr: festival fatigue...


As the festival frenzy threatens to fizzle in Mancunia, the hibernian horror is about to heat up!

In these parts you can still catch Claire Cunningham's Thank You Very Much at the Ukrainian Cultural Centre in Cheetham Hill (til Sat 20 Jul) and Animals of Manchester at the Whitworth/Whitworth Park on Sat 20 + Sun 21 Jul.

Refract Festival is in full swing at Waterside Arts, Sale (til Sat 27 Jul) including Kapow's Adrifton Sat 20 Jul; Claire Gaydon's See-Through in double bill with Ransack Theatre's Catching Comets on Sun 21 Jul and next week (w/c 22 Jul) Catching Comets with Beach Body Ready on Mon 22 Jul; Meraki Collective on Wed 24 Jul; Nathaniel Hall (with Fulfilment) on Thu 25 Jul and Motionhouse on Sat 27 Jul.

As promised, looking north and ahead, here are my ramblings on Edinburgh Fringe (2-26 Aug) - so if you've no plans in that direction, you can skip to the end! 

2019 is a British Council Showcase year - which is a good place to start - though much of it may have already been to parts Mancunian (in which case I'm not highlighting it here). While most things on my radar are, as ever, at Summerhall, there's more than a smattering at Zoo Southside + Pleasance, plus a lot of interesting-looking dance at DanceBase, which is where I'd be heading if I had more time.

For my own whistlestop daytrip purposes, on the shortlist is: Cade + McAskillEmma FranklandOntroerend GoedScottee + FriendsCatherine Hoffman, Lucy McCormick, Seke Chimutengwende + Alexandrina HemsleyLouise OrwinHarry Clayton-WrightDaniel Hellman, Javaad AlipoorDressedBryony KimmingsMr + Mrs ClarkRidiculusmusConcha Vidal.

If you want to dig a bit deeper, once again I've uploaded WoW's long list below (as both pdf and Excel, sorted by artist name). As ever, it's just my pick for my own purposes, largely from paper, and I don't really focus on internationals as they're beyond our programming paygrade. For a tipster more reliable and with broader tastes, you can now find Lyn Gardner's picks via Stagedoor. Usual tips - check dates carefully as you don't want to fall prey to random days off - and my main tip is to log-in to EdFringe, and use the favourites facility (you can then export them as a spreadsheet and sort it as you please - it's what keeps me sane!)

Unless something major crops up, this Weekly Warning is going to go on break now until late August, when I'll be back with what's coming up in the Autumn. 

On a final sad note, we were truly shocked to hear of the death of Dave Murray (QuietmanDave). His was one of the very few strong supportive critical voices out there - as well as just being a lovely man - he'll be very much missed.

Best
 
Tamsin

Ps. the call for artists is still open for Emergency (21 Sep). Deadline 9 Aug.


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warnmcr: festival fandango...


The steps of this festival dance get ever more intricate as, with a dance-card full of MIF, Refract Festival is hovering ready to step onto the floor...

This weekend is when the MIF programme really reaches crescendo - including Rimini Protokoll's Utopolis Manchester (til 13 Jul) in the City Centre; Philip Glass + Phelim McDermott's The Tao of Glass (til 20 Jul) and the Laurie Anderson's To The Moon (12-20 Jul) both at the Royal Exchange Theatre; plus Trajal Harrell's Maggie The Cat at Dancehouse (11-14 Jul); and Studio Créole at Academy 1 (12-14 Jul).

Liz Richardson's Swim continues at HOME til Sat 13 Jul; while Yara Boustany's Double Bill is at The Lowry on Sat 13 Jul; and Europia Art Collective's kukuryku is at a secret location on Sun 14 Jul. In Liverpool, Dana Dajani's Heroine With A Thousand Dresses is at the Bluecoat also Sat 13 Jul.

Next week (w/c 15 Jul) in MIFworld look out for Claire Cunningham's Thank You Very Much at the Ukrainian Cultural Centre in Cheetham Hill (17-20 Jul) and Animals of Manchester at the Whitworth/Whitworth Park on Sat 20 + Sun 21 Jul.

Just as MIF is starting to wind down, Refract Festival sparks up at Waterside Arts, Sale (18-27 Jul) including Kapow's Adrift on Sat 20 Jul; while Claire Gaydon's See-Through forms a double bill with Ransack Theatre's Catching Comets on Sun 21 Jul.

The following week (w/c 22 Jul) Refract has the aforementioned Catching Comets in a double bill with Beach Body Ready on Mon 22 Jul; Meraki Collective on Wed 24 Jul; Nathaniel Hall on Thu 25 Jul (double billed with Fulfilment) and Motionhouse on Sat 27 Jul.

Of course it doesn't all stop there - as next-up is Edinburgh, so next week (just in case you haven't had enough) I'll attempt a few Fringe pointers - along with my 'long list'!

Best
 
Tamsin

Ps. the call for artists is open for Emergency (21 Sep).


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warnmcr: festival fever...


So Yoko Ono has officially rung in the start of MIF (til 21 Jul) but there are still other things in the air: 

This weekend Lowri Evans, Renato Bolelli Rebouças & Rodolfo Amorim's Precarious Carnaval takes place along The Bridgewater Canal (5-7 Jul) and Gesturing Refugees is at the Bluecoat on Sat 6 Jul (part of Liverpool Arabic Arts Festival).

Next week (w/c 8 Jul) MIF includes Rimini Protokoll's Utopolis Manchester (10-13 Jul) in the City Centre; Philip Glass + Phelim McDermott's The Tao of Glass (11-20 Jul) and the Laurie Anderson's To The Moon (12-20 Jul) both at the Royal Exchange Theatre; plus Trajal Harrell'sMaggie The Cat at Dancehouse (11-14 Jul); and Studio Créole at Academy 1 (12-14 Jul).

Beyond MIF, in Mancunia, Liz Richardson's Swim is at (HOME 9-13 Jul); while Yara Boustany's Double Bill is at The Lowry on Sat 13 Jul; and Europia Art Collective's kukuryku is at a secret location on Sun 14 Jul.
Elsewhere, Liverpool Arabic Arts Festival sees Yara Boustany at the Unity Theatre on Thu 11 Jul and Dana Dajani's Heroine With A Thousand Dresses at the Bluecoat on Sat 13 Jul. Over in Leeds, Live Art Bistro's Newk returns on Wed 17 Jul.

The following week (w/c 15 Jul) MIF has Claire Cunningham's Thank You Very Much at the Ukrainian Cultural Centre in Cheetham Hill (17-20 Jul) while Animals of Manchester is at the Whitworth/Whitworth Park on Sat 20 + Sun 21 Jul.

Refract Festival is also at Waterside Arts, Sale (18-27 Jul) including Kapow's Adrift on Sat 20 Jul; and Claire Gaydon's See-Through forms a double bill with Ransack Theatre's Catching Cometson Sun 21 Jul.

As a side note, if you've got an idea bubbling for a piece of live art/contemporary performance the call for artists is now open for our twentieth(!) Emergency, which takes place on 21 Sep.

Best
 
Tamsin


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warnmcr: festival frenzy...


So, on the brink of July, with an actual fleeting facsimile of summer, we have moved from festival flurry to full-on frenzy!

This weekend Incoming Festival continues at HOME (until Sun 30 Jun) - with The Pappy Show's Girls catching my eye, tonight Fri 28 Jun; while also tonight, at The Lowry, Mohamed Toukabri's The Upside Down Man also merits investigation.

Next week (w/c 1 Jul) Before the MIF monster becomes all-consuming, spare a thought for Lowri Evans, Renato Bolelli Rebouças & Rodolfo Amorim's Precarious Carnaval along The Bridgewater Canal (5-7 Jul) and Gesturing Refugees at the Bluecoat on Sat 6 Jul (part of Liverpool Arabic Arts Festival).

MIF (4-21 Jul) officially kicks off with Yoko Ono Bells for Peace in Cathedral Gardens on Thu 4 Jul; plus Invisible Cities at Mayfield (2-14 Jul); and CYC & Chim Pom A Drunk Pandemic (5-21 Jul).

The following week (w/c 8 Jul) sees Rimini Protokoll's Utopolis Manchester (10-13 Jul); Philip Glass + Phelim McDermott's The Tao of Glass (11-20 Jul) and the Laurie Anderson's To The Moon (12-20 Jul) both at the Royal Exchange Theatre; plus Trajal Harrell's Maggie The Catat Dancehouse (11-14 Jul).

Paddling against the tide of MIF, Liz Richardson's Swim is at HOME 9-13 Jul; while elsewhere, Liverpool Arabic Arts Festival sees Yara Boustany's ēvolvō + One Day and One Night Beirut at the Unity Theatre on Thu 11 Jul and Dana Dajani's Heroine With A Thousand Dresses at the Bluecoat on Sat 13 Jul. 

Pace yourselves well, as after that you've still got a week of MIF to go (with, notably Claire Cunningham + Animals of Manchester) plus Refract Festival at Waterside Arts also entering the festival fray...

Best
 
Tamsin


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warnmcr: the longest day...


On this changeable solstice morning floating in a soggy swamp of June, the mancunian festival vibe trucks on: 

This weekend Co:LAB Festival is at the Royal Exchange Theatre, 21-23 Jun, including Ali Wilson with Amy Lawrence tonight, Fri 21 Jun; and String Lines + YESYESNONO tomorrow, Sat 22 Jun. Meanwhile, Powder Keg's This Is Where It Happened is at Didsbury Arts Festival on Sat 22+ Sun 23 Jun;

Next week (w/c 24 Jun) brings Incoming Festival to HOME (24-30 Jun) - MALAPROP Theatreand The Pappy Show caught my attention. Elsewhere, at The Lowry, Mohamed Toukabri's The Upside Down Man  on Fri 28 Jun looks intriguing.

The following week (w/c 1 Jul) The Bridgewater Canal is the site for Lowri Evans, Renato Bolelli Rebouças & Rodolfo Amorim's Precarious Carnaval (5-7 Jul) while, beyond parts Mancunian, look out for Gesturing Refugees at the Bluecoat on Sat 6 Jul (part of Liverpool Arabic Arts Festival).

Manchester sees the start of MIF (4-21 Jul) - actually kicking off on Tue 2 Jul with Invisible Cities at Mayfield (2-14 Jul); followed by the Yoko Ono Bells for Peace official opening in Cathedral Gardens on Thu 4 Jul. CYC & Chim Pom are also in the bowels of the city for the largely sold-out A Drunk Pandemic (5-21 Jul).
The pace of MIF picks up for the second weekend (12-14 Jul).  This is probably when they'll be expecting a travelling audience - so you might want to look ahead and book for anything that takes your fancy. Things that piqued my interest were Rimini ProtokollThe Tao of GlassTrajal Harrell (plus the Laurie Anderson VR project, which keeps running til 22 Jul).

Enjoy the longest day of the year - the miserable cynic in me says it's all downhill from here!

Best
 
Tamsin


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warnmcr: festival flurry...



So I'm back, a bit sooner than intended as I've just spotted a couple of festivals that have snuck in... in fact over the next couple of weeks small festivals abound!

This weekend Contact Young Company + Young Identity's New Masters#New Futures is at Manchester Art Gallery (until Sun 16 Jun); the mysterious HorsLits happens in Levenshulme tonight Fri 14 Jun; and Ockham's Razor's This Time is at The Lowry (until Sat 15 Jun). Horizons Festival is at HOME: and Welcome to the UK on Sat 15; and Cohere on Sun 16 look intriguing.
In Liverpool Physical Fest 2019 has Rowena Gander's Ten Inch Heels tonight Fri 14 Jun and Gandini Juggling Project's Smashed on Sat 15 Jun, both at the Unity Theatre.

Next week (w/c 17 Jun) Horizons continues with Sir Pe Talwa on Mon 17 and Declaration on Tue 17,  then there's Nassim Soleimanpou's Nassim (18-20 Jun), all at HOME. Hannah Buckley + Crystal Zillwood's double bill is at The Lowry on Wed 19 Jun); Fracture Patterns at NIAMOS looks interesting on Thu 20 Jun; and Powder Keg's This Is Where It Happened is at Didsbury Arts Festival on Sat 22+ Sun 23 Jun. Further afield, First Person is at the Arts Centre at Edgehill University (20+21 Jun).
Co:LAB Festival is at the Royal Exchange Theatre 21-23 Jun. 3 days of emerging work, including Ali Wilson with Amy Lawrence on Fri 21 Jun + YESYESNONO on Sat 22 Jun. NB to see the full programme listings open the Event Information tab on their Festival page.

The following week (w/c 24 Jun) sees Incoming Festival at HOME (24-30 Jun). I know nothing beyond the copy, from which I'm kind of surmising that it's largely in territory more theatrical but with 14 shows over 7 nights, there's plenty to pick from. MALAPROP Theatre and The Pappy Show piqued my interest.
Elsewhere, at The Lowry, Mohamed Toukabri's The Upside Down Man looks intriguing.

That festival flurry is just warm-up for the big ones to come as the following week sees the start of MIF (4-21 Jul) - which in turn is training for the usual Caledonian behemoth thereafter! 

Best
 
Tamsin


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