Word of Warning...Still beavering away on Hazard(Sat 21 July), yesterday was 'tell the powers-that-be-day', always amusing when you try to explain why someone's building a full size lego post box or turning themselves into a beach... Things are definitely slowing down and heading into festivals mode for Summer - so, until we start bombarding you with Hazard information, I might go a bit quiet - so I thought it worth a quick re-cap and a glance ahead. In Manchester, there's still time to catch Ben Mellor's Everything We Need at the Royal Exchange Studio (Thurs 28-Sat 30 June); a pre-Edinburgh showing of Gag Queens at the Black Lion tonight Fri 29 June or Verve 2012 at the Lowry.
Pigeon Theatre's, The Rehearsal book launch is this coming Tues 3 July at Z-arts;
and also at Z-Arts Ellie Harrison and Roshana Rubin-Mayhew's What is left - Grief Series Pt 3 on Tues 10 July.
Future Artists at The Black Lion are also screening Marina Abramovic's The Artist Is Present on Tues 10 July.
Also, on Sundays 1 + 8 July, at 3-Minute Theatre, Fighting Fit Productions launch June Bride, a gay wedding cabaret.
Incidentally, if the budget stretches, I'm also intrigued to catch Library Theatre's site-specific Manchester Lines, running til 7 July at No1, First Street. There's still time to catch Ludus Festival(til Sun 1 July) in Leeds with a range of installations and interactions, and shows like Bobby Baker's Mad Gyms and Kitchens, Ontroerend Goed's Audience, Balbir Singh's Synchronised and for families, Unlimited Theatre's The Giant and the Bear. Also in Leeds, InXclusion are active on Saturday with Achtung You Wayward Skies And Live at LICA Lancaster have a one-off Elfriede Jelinke's Sports Play on Weds 11 July Liverpool is taking over the crown of festival city with the Arabic Arts Festival (6 - 15 July) - what caught my eye was a dance performance installation 1979 on 12 July at the Unity, and DaDaFest starts its extraordinary 6 week run (13 July - 2 Sept). I'll be digesting its programme and making some suggestions shortly but, at first glance, late August (28-31) looks like a good time to be heading that way. And finally, a last minute one... if anyone is looking for a mad weekend away this weekend, grab your tent and head down to Gloucestershire for Inbetween Time Productions' Up to Nature... live art in a forest! Back to the HAZARD planning - today is shopping day - how much street branding paraphernalia can I buy for 50p?! Other interesting questions... how do we make a big red bus look yellow and black..? Ideas on a postcard... Keep watching hazardmcr.org for details. More thanks for the Edinburgh suggestions - please do keep them coming here!