As the royals push off abroad and the triumphalists fundraise* to turn on Big Ben, in parts theatrical the seasonal soft start has all gone a bit hard core, as another festival has snuck into the fray...
This weekend, PUSH Festival at HOME (18 Jan-1 Feb) kicks off on Sat 18 Jan with Platform Manchester's Hope and Fear; while the Turn On Fest (til 1 Feb, with Superbia + Mother's Ruin) is up and running at Hope Mill Theatre: Nataly LeBouleux's MINA is tonight, Fri 17 Jan; and Trans Creative's Stand By Your Trans is on Sun 19 Jan. In Leeds, the rescheduled That Matt Rogers Project (in)CREDIBLE is at CLAY, tonight, Fri 17 Jan.
Next week (w/c 20 Jan) really is festival central: PUSH continues at HOME with Plaster Cast Theatre's Sound Cistem (20-22 Jan) and Tania Camara's Oreo (23-25 Jan). Turn On continues at Hope Mill Theatre with Mandla Rae's As British As A Watermelon on Mon 20 Jan; Jason Andrew Guest's Mind Games on Tue 21 Jan; An Audience with David Hoyle on Wed 22 Jan; Nobody's Watching on Thu 23 Jan; and Minute Taker's Wolf Hours on Fri 24 Jan. Interruptions at MMU's Holden Gallery has John-Paul Jones's Technotrash on Tue 21 Jan and ARM's Oozy on Thu 23 Jan; while The Lowry has Debs Gatenby's Hiya Anxiety in a doublebill with Salford University on Wed 22 Jan. Further afield, The Dark Room is in Ormskirk on Wed 22 Jan.
The following week (w/c 27 Jan) so far seems calmer, with Holocaust Brunch at Manchester Central Library; An Act of Care + White Noise Theatre at HOME; and Barbara at Hope Mill Theatre. Elsewhere, Emergence 2020 is at Stage@Leeds.
Of course, my telepathy skills are limited and I might be missing something, so if you're hosting an event - particularly a new festival or a one-off - you might want to let me know. Meanwhile, in case you fancy giving us some feedback on one of Word of Warning's 2019 events, you can do so here.
*you didn't think I'd encourage the real one, did you?!
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Thu 27 Feb, 6pm-10pm. PWYD | NIAMOS
A night out for the curious (artists TBA).
Thu 19 — Sat 21 Mar, 7.30pm. £13/11/7 | The Studio at Royal Exchange Theatre
Wed 1 Apr, 8pm. PWYD | The Lowry
WE ARE FUCKED
Thu 23 + Fri 24 Apr, 7.30pm. £7/4 | STUN Studio at Z-arts
Thu 21 + Fri 22 May, 7.30pm. PWYD | NIAMOS
WORKS AHEAD 2020
A double bill from Will Dickie + Ross McCaffrey
(PWYD indicates you Pay What You Decide)