warnmcr: autumn chill in the air and with it a new season...


Word of Warning...

Autumn seems to have hit with a vengeance weather-wise and with it the world of warm, dark performance spaces is gradually re-opening its doors.

This mail marks the launch of Word of Warning's Autumn/Winter Programme which gets going in earnest on Sat 5 Oct with our traditional season opener, Emergency at BLANKSPACE  and Z-arts; followed by an outing to Contact with RashDash's Ugly Sisters (11/12 Oct). 

November sees us venture into new, but strangely familiar territory, with a site-specific mini-festival in a block of flats. Not that it's me taking my work home with me or anything, but Hulme tower block Cooper House will play home to Domestic (8-17 Nov) - a series of very intimate pieces by Jo Bannon, Alex Bradley + Scott Smith, J. Fergus Evans, Small Acts, the vacuum cleaner, Leentje Van de Cruys and Greg Wohead. Ticket booking opens on next Fri 13 Sept (auspicious) - book early as everything is VERY limited capacity.

We then round off the season on Fri 29 Nov with the return of the very marvellous Stacy Makishi, back at Z-arts (make a weekend of it, with Stacy on Friday and Bryony Kimmings at Contact on Saturday - look out for a forthcoming ticket offer!)

In the nearer future, there are a few things to keep an eye out for in the next couple of weeks:
At the more theatrical end of the scale, the Royal Exchange Studio has Chris Thorpe's There May Have Been An Incident (4-21 Sept) and The Lowry has Chris Goode's Monkey Bars (13/14 Sept).

Manchester Dance Consortium's Platform 0.3 is at Piccadilly Place on Tue 10 Sept, and the monthly Tales of Whatever is at the Castle on Wed 11 Sept and the first Mother's Ruin of the season is at Contact on Fri 20 Sept.

Up in Lancaster, LEAP are busy with Paper People Theatre's Uncanny Corner  (tonight Fri 6 Sept) and Leaping Out 2 on Fri 13 Sept. Also opening on Fri 13 (til  Tue 17), is the Seven Traces Festival at the University of Lancaster. 

Over the next couple of weeks we'll be updating the Word of Warning Google calendar with what's coming up around the region, alongside bringing more information about the full Emergency programme.

best

Tamsin

Next up on Word of Warning: Performance Programme Autumn/Winter 2013

Sat 5 Oct, 12noon-11pm. BLANKSPACE | Z-arts
EMERGENCY 2013
A free day-out for the curious.

Fri 11 + Sat 12 Oct, 8pm. Contact
THE UGLY SISTERS
RashDash

Fri 8 — Sun 17 Nov. Cooper House
DOMESTIC
Performance stripped bare.
the vacuum cleaner | Leentje Van de Cruys | J. Fergus Evans | Greg Wohead | Small Acts | Alex Bradley + Scott Smith | Jo Bannon

Fri 29 Nov, 7.30pm. Z-arts
THE FALSETTOS
Stacy Makishi

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warnmcr: taking the sea air in Morecambe...


Word of Warning...

Following the frenetic excess of Edinburgh, we're just crawling back towards normality and felt moved to do a quick, slightly off-the-cuff WoW flagging up a couple of things:

This weekend's don't miss is up in Morecambe, when the iconic Winter Gardens gets taken over for Sea Breeze - a Live at LICA commission from Raisin & Willow with imitatingthedog.

The Whitworth Art Gallery is marking its closure for refurb with Whitworth Weekending - of special interest is Nick Crowe and Ian Rawlinson's Six White Horses from 6pm on Sunday.

Coming up,  keep an eye out for LEAP's activities - with Paper People Theatre's Uncanny Corner on Fri 6 Sept and Leaping Out 2 the following week.

Meanwhile, we're gearing up to get back to normal - so look out for a season preview, hopefully next week.

best

Tamsin


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warnmcr: Edinburgh supplemental

Word of Warning... 


A little top-up on the Edinburgh info:

Another venue to check out is Dancebase - particularly if you happen to be going up this coming weekend (14-17 August) when they have their Heads-Up mini-festival, including our very own 70/30 Split, Ellen Turner and The Mustdashios. 
Beyond those dates, Dancebase also has Dan Canham, Elena Molinaro and Billy Cowie (strangely no booking link) amongst lots of others.

And, thanks to Daniel Weaver, a little note that Aurora Nova is back in Edinburgh, not as a venue but with a series of shows at various venues.  Red Bastard and LEO caught my eye.

I've updated the big spreadsheet below if anyone's that keen.  I'd better stop telling everyone else what to see and actually book some shows myself now! 

warnmcr: Edinburgh special

Word of Warning... 

 
Welcome to WoW's occasional summer missive... my attempt at a digestible route into Edinburgh!
But first, closer to home, if you're feeling the need for a bit of distraction, the quite remarkable Ennio Marchetto is at Z-arts tonight (9 Aug), the regular Tales of Whatever is at the Castle on Wed 14 Aug and our friends, Gareth Cutter, Tuheen Huda and Sarah Evans are performing in Identity Parade at the Lass O'Gowrie on Sat 24 Aug.

Having spent more than a little time trying to bend time by seeing 30 Edinburgh shows in 36 hours, I thought I'd attempt to put all that to good use and pass it on.  Obviously if you aren't planning on going to Edinburgh feel free to hit delete right now...

If you ARE going - I'd be here all year if I tried to be comprehensive and link to every show worth a look,  so the easiest route in is to use venues and programmes and their own websites as signposts and plan from there. 

If you're a seasoned Edinburgh-goer and want my work in progress spreadsheet planner with a long-list of 75+ shows, then it's here!  I've only really looked at the week of 19 August, so please bear that in mind...

As a no-brainer, the easy, one-stop shop is to head out a little way towards Leith and spend a day at Forest Fringe (16-25 August at Out of the Blue Drill Hall, EH6 8RG) with the likes of Action Hero, Invisible Flock, Richard DeDomenici, Ira Brand, Sam Halmareck, Deborah Pearson, Tim Crouch, Brian Lobel and the (hÅb/Word of Warning supported) Michael Pinchbeck's The Middle etc etc!

The Escalator East to Edinburgh  programme crops up at various venues including the Hunt and Darton Cafe. In particular look out for: Buzzcut, Little Bulb Theatre, Victoria Melody, Hannah Jane Walker & Chris Thorpe, Bryony Kimmings, Vicki Weitz, Sh!t Theatre, Chris Dobrowolski, Martin O'Brien.

The British Council Showcase (again various venues) - look out for Billie Cowie, Daniel Bye, imitating the dog, Michael Pinchbeck, Probe, Sylvia Rimat, Third Angel.

Summerhall, catching my eye are Rachel Mars, Made In China, Mamoru Iriguchi, Sugar and Honey Theatre Company

Northern Stage at St Stephens including Daniel Bye, Hannah Nicklin, Third Angel (again different show)

If you're around Zoo and Zoo Southside then worth having a look at are Guilty Party, TheatreState, h2dance, Lost Dog, Gramophones Theatre Company;
or at the Pleasance, Belarus Free Theatre ; and Bill Aitchison at the Counting House Loft (venue 170).
 
If you're pressed for time or slightly phased by the list above then either head for Forest Fringe and settle in for the day - or for a very rapid selection try Victoria Melody's Major Tom, Mamoru Iriguchi's Projector Conjector, Hannah Nicklin's A Conversation With My Father, Rachel Mars's The Way You Tell Them, Made in China's Gym Party and Third Angel's Cape Wrath

Word of Warning will be back towards the end of August with a preview of our season to come.  And finally, for the artists amongst you, the deadline for the  Emergency call for proposals is next Wednesday 14 August, details at  emergencymcr.org.


best

Tamsin

warnmcr: MIF-log Mayfield supplemental

I wasn't really planning on doing this, but just in case any of you, like me, are struggling to get your heads around the programme for the free MIF work at the Mayfield Depot,, I did a little schematic of what's on when (below)...   By my reckoning, it takes three trips to see everything... but you can see all bar one piece in two trips!

Monday 15 July 6-8.30, Tuesday 16 July 4-6 or 6-8.30 will take in Dan Grant, Tino Seghal and Mette Ingvartsen

Wednesday 17 July 6-? will take in Dan Grant, Tino Seghal and Frank Willens

Thursday 18 July 8-11 will take in Tino Seghal, Frank Willens and Eszter Salamon

Friday 19 July 6-? will take in Tino Seghal, Eszter Salamon and Mårten Spångberg.

If that's as clear as mud... I'm (theoretically) planning to go on Mon from 6pm, Weds at 8pm and Friday from 6pm which ought to do the whole lot.

Following the schematic - I don't guarantee its clarity or accuracy (I really did it for myself and it's no indication of how my brain works, nor of how I spend my Saturday mornings..!) but I thought it might be useful to share it.

And remember - 'sensible footwear... no open toe shoes or high heels'... if nothing else, I believe the building is well worth a visit, if you're a fan of dillapidated ruins.

Beyond MIF, Daniel Bye's The Price of Everything is at the Lowry tonight Sat 13 July, whilst, the same day, and of course, for those of a more theatrical disposition, 24:7 Theatre Festival runs 19-26 July.


Further afield, Emma Decent's Beyond Dreams of Aberystwyth is at Hebden Bridge Little Theatre, tonight Sat 13 July.  Over in Sheffield on Sun 21 July there's Point Blank's new Elevator Platform as part of Tramlines.  Further still, the latest Hatch:Scratched is at New Art Exchange, Nottingham, also on Sun 21 July.

Word of Warning will probably pop back up in early August - maybe with a bit of an Edinburgh preview and some teasers about Autumn... or before that if we get wind of something unmissable. 

And finally, for the artists amongst you, the Emergency call for proposals is now open at emergencymcr.org deadline 14 August.

Until then enjoy this very unmancunian weather (I'll be gothically hiding indoors!)

best

Tamsin

best

Tamsin




warnmcr: not miffed at all...


Word of Warning...
 
Welcome to a funny kind of interim mailer... really a reminder that, despite the supposed summer, the world as we know it hasn't stopped... there are still things performative going on - even outside Manchester International Festival!

Don't forget The Larks: Know Your Place  - is a new game at the People's History Museum tomorrow,  Sat 29 June.  There's a very limited capacity opportunity to see the next work in progress of Tuheen Huda's Pandamonium at Chinese Arts Centre on Mon 1 July.  Also intriguing is the Verb Project, 4-6 July at 4 Piccadilly Place.  Further afield, up in Lancaster LEAP presents Sturgeons's Law's M.A.I.R.O.U.L.A. on Sat 5 July at the Storey Institute.

The following week sees Contact present Leo Kay/Unfinished Business's Only Wolves and Lions 9-11 July, at a secret location, followed by PGB's work in progress on Fri 12 July at Contact.  Tales of Whatever is at the Castle on Wed 10 July, and also that day a blogging event and seminar on Activist Performance at MadLab.  Daniel Bye's The Price of Everything is at the Lowry on Sat 13 July, whilst, the same day, further afield, Emma Decent's Beyond Dreams of Aberystwyth is at Hebden Bridge Little Theatre.  Over in Sheffield on 20/21 July there's the Elevator Platform as part of Tramlines.  And of course, for those of a more theatrical disposition, 24:7 Theatre Festival runs 19-26 July.

And finally... in case it had escaped your notice, Manchester International Festival kicks off on 4 July.  Don't miss the Robert Wilson Old Woman; Nikhil Chopra at the Whitworth  (Fri 5 July 04.48 continuously until 21.37 on Sun 7 July) and the free work at the Mayfield Depot (Tino Seghal, Mette Ingvartsen, Dan Graham, Eszter Salomon, Mårten Spångberg).  Also check out the do it 2013 group art show at Manchester Art Gallery 6-21 July: good points of focus might be at 2pm on Sat 6 July with a reinterpretations of Jerome Bel's Shirtology or 2pm on Sun 7 July 2pm with Boris Charmatz (ensemble) Height.

Word of Warning will probably pop back up in late July or early August - maybe with a bit of an Edinburgh preview and some teasers about Autumn... or before that if we get wind of something unmissable.  For the artists amongst you, the Emergency 2013 call for proposals will open in mid July.

Until then have a nice 'summer'!

best

Tamsin


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warnmcr: don't be a bystander!


Word of Warning...
 
Reassuring to see Manchester's summer back to normal and with it, hopefully an incentive to be inside soaking-up the final rays of the Spring/Summer season, to which end, a quick reminder that WoW is back at Contact with Andy Field's Zilla! which you can still see tonight Fri 14 June (nb. we strongly recommend you book for both parts 1+ 2!)

The weekend brings Tam Hintons The Package at the Lowry on Sat 15 + Sun 16 and over in Leeds, Jaye Kearney's One is at the Carriageworks tonight, Fri 14th.

Next week sees Word of Warning's final show of the season - a Fringe First-winning call to action in the face of urban violence: Jenna Watt's Flâneurs at Contact on Thu 20 June. 
And there's a Mother's Ruin, also at Contact on Fri 21 June. 

Coming up over the next few weeks, the new game from our stablemates The Larks: Know Your Place is at the People's History Museum on Sat 29 June and please don't miss the new show from  Quarantine: The Dyas Sisters which premiers at Contact 3-5 July.  

There's a flurry of activity mid July: Contact stays busy with Leo Kay/Unfinished Business's Only Wolves and Lions 9-11 July at a secret location... and PGB's work in progress on 12 July. Daniel Bye's The Price of Everything is at the Lowry on 13 July. Over in Sheffield on 20/21 July there's the Elevator Platform as part of Tramlines.

Then of course there's the small matter of Manchester International Festival which opens on 4 July.  I'm planning on seeing the Robert Wilson Old Woman, Nikhil Chopra at the Whitworth and am intrigued to check out the free work at the Mayfield Depot (an extraordinarily dilapidated site that I managed to get a tour of some 15 years ago). If anyone else has any hot tips, please let me know and I'll pass them on!

Finally, as Word of Warning goes a bit summer-sporadic, I just want to return to Jenna Watt's theme of bystanders, with a quick exhortation that, in the current climate, there's a real need  to get active and vocal about the value of the arts, to which end Arts Council England has produced a new video that is worth checking out and passing on.

The next WoW will probably be in a couple of weeks, so if anyone wants to offer MIF tips, Edinburgh tips or anything else we should be spreading the word about, please let me know.

Meanwhile I'm off to play with Zilla-lego... err, I mean, to do my annual reporting!

best

Tamsin

Next up on Word of Warning:

Thu 13 + Fri 14 Jun — 7pm Part1 + 9pm Part2. Contact
Zilla!
Andy Field

Thu 20 Jun, 7.30pm. Contact
Flâneurs
Jenna Watt

warnmcr: Giant Dinosaur attack on Castle Contact..!


Word of Warning...

Feeling a touch unseasonal today talking about being cloistered in warm, black boxes, but, no doubt the weather will be back to normal by the time most of the following comes around, and my gothic tendencies always steer me to the dark side anyway!

Still on this week is Dickie Beau's Lost in Trans at Contact (tonight Fri 7 and tomorrow Sat 8 June) and, also tomorrow, Sat 8, there's Be Live, a new artist-led evening at the Penthouse on Hilton Street. 

If any driver who knows me well enough to survive 5 hours in a car with me (!) wants to share driving to Leicester on Sunday, then there's also Circuit 2013 and Hatch: Scratch 2013.

Next week sees WoW back at Contact with Andy Field's Zilla! on Thu 13 and Fri 14 June (nb, we strongly recommend you book for both parts 1+ 2 on the same night!) plus there's the regular Tales of Whatever, an Embryo, and, for something a more at the theatre end of the scale,  Tam Hintons The Package at the Lowry on Sat 15 + Sun 16. 

Further afield, worth checking out in Liverpool on Wed 12 June is Dina Mousawi's Return at the Unity; and in Leeds, Jaye Kearney's One at the Carriageworks on Fri 14th.

Unbelievably,  the following week sees Word of Warning's last show of the season - Fringe First-winning Jenna Watt's Flâneurs at Contact on Thu 20 June, kind of marking the end of the regular activities to be replaced by more festival-fuelled outbreaks.  After next week this mail will probably be a bit more sporadic over the summer - so if you've anything that you think needs a mention in the next few weeks, drop me a mail before next Friday.

Meanwhile I'll go back to lurking in a dark cupboard somewhere while less pallid folk soak up the rays!

best

Tamsin

Next up on Word of Warning:

Thu 13 + Fri 14 Jun — 7pm Part1 + 9pm Part2. Contact
Zilla!
Andy Field

Thu 20 Jun, 7.30pm. Contact
Flâneurs
Jenna Watt


warnmcr: A Rat, a Rose and a Bird In May...


Word of Warning...

Grabbing a few minutes away from the (big) get-in for tonight's Michael Pinchbeck | Sheila Ghelani double bill to write this.  It's all very grand and exciting in there - plush red velvet curtains, a follow-spot and everything... anyone would think we were doing theatre! So please do join us, tonight, Fri 31 May at Z-arts, 7.30pm.

The moral dilemmas of writing this mail hang heavy today - only an idiot would give a major plug to a genuinely very special clashing show (we saw the dress rehearsal last night) - but if you're not joining us at Z-arts, then do go and see In May at Live at LICA in Lancaster.  Not forgetting that Mary Pearson's Failure is also tonight at the Unity, Liverpool. 

To the best of my knowledge, next week allows for a bit of a breather, but there's still Dickie Beau's Lost in Trans at Contact and a new artist-led evening Be Live at the Penthouse on Hilton Street.

Don't be lulled into a fall sense of end of season though as the following week picks up pace again:  Word of Warning is back at Contact with Andy Field's Zilla! plus there's the regular Tales of Whatever, an Embryo, and Mr Tam Hinton is back with one of his more theatrical numbers at the The Lowry.  Further afield, worth checking out in Liverpool is Dina Mousawi's Return at the Unity and in Leeds, Jaye Kearney's One.

We've just taken a delivery of a large consignment of chocolate rodents... no prizes for guessing what that's for, so I'd better go back to making myself useful for Michael Pinchbeck + Sheila Ghelani tonight - hope to see you there for the last Word of Warning at Z-arts of the season.

best

Tamsin

Next up on Word of Warning:

Fri 31 May, 7.30pm. Z-arts | Double Bill
The Middle (preview) | Rat, Rose, Bird
Michael Pinchbeck | Sheila Ghelani

Thu 13 + Fri 14 Jun — 7pm Part1 + 9pm Part2. Contact
Zilla!
Andy Field

Thu 20 Jun, 7.30pm. Contact
Flâneurs
Jenna Watt


warnmcr: We've reached The Middle...


Word of Warning...

As the middle of the year beckons and, with it, the leaden skies and chilly temperatures of a Manchester summer, Word of Warning welcomes the third part of Michael Pinchbeck's trilogy The Middle - a foyer interval piece in bubble wrap, accompanying Sheila Ghelani's Rat, Rose, Bird - an atmospherically poetic meditation on leaving and staying put.  

Michael Pinchbeck | Sheila Ghelani are at Z-arts on Fri 31 May, marking the end of our Z-arts 'term';  the beginning of 'Summer' and the middle of our season.
 
Before that, tonight (Fri 24 May) there's Embryo at Studio Salford; and tomorrow (Sat 25 May)  The Manopsychotisches Ballroom at 2022NQ, then on 28-30 May there's Ben Mellor's Anthropoetry at Contact.

Further afield Physical Fest in Liverpool at the Unity has Daphnis Kokkinos's Addio Addio Amore on Sat 25 May and Mary Pearson's Failure on Fri 31 May.  Ollie Smith's Cat in Hell is at Slung Low's HUB on Sun 26 May and, Live at LICA, Lancaster has the month appropriate (just) In May also on Fri 31st at Live at LICA. 

Coming up the following week are Dickie Beau's Lost in Trans at Contact and a new artist-led evening Be Live at the Penthouse on Hilton Street.  As it's a quiet week in the north, anyone really craving some more live art should consider heading to the exotic environs of Leicester for a double whammy featuring Circuit 2013 and the ever-entertaining Hatch: Scratch.

best

Tamsin

Next up on Word of Warning:

Fri 31 May, 7.30pm. Z-arts | Double Bill
The Middle (preview) | Rat, Rose, Bird
Michael Pinchbeck | Sheila Ghelani

Thu 13 + Fri 14 Jun — 7pm Part1 + 9pm Part2. Contact
Zilla!
Andy Field

Thu 20 Jun, 7.30pm. Contact
Flâneurs
Jenna Watt

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