Word of Warning...After a brief respite we're already getting ready to go with our next rocktastic offering - not one but two full length shows next Friday 2 Nov at Z-arts with Ollie Smith's 27 and Richard DeDomenici's Popaganda. Ollie is best known in these parts for Method Lab, Instant Win and his work with Michael Pinchbeck; whilst the satirically mischievous Richard DeDomenici was last spotted running through Exchange Square, dressed in a Gregg's white overall carrying a roll of gold sequin punchinella, seconds ahead of the Olympic Torch! This is definitely a doublebill not be missed - pathos, storytelling, satire and activisim rolled into one evening - we might throw in a few fireworks for good measure! Looking at the week ahead, if you're keen to see more than our double bill ;) - it's a truly frenetic week: the latest Mother's Ruin is tonight at Contact; who also present the site-specific Yellow Earth's Dim Sum Nights (Weds 31 + Thurs 1 Nov), Tuheen Huda's MSF2012: What Am I Worth? (Thurs 1 - Sat 3 Nov) and Leonie Higgins's I May Not Be Where I Intended To Go (Sat 3 Nov).
Also Thursday to Saturday is New Art Club's Quiet Act of Destruction at the Royal Exchange Studio and Company Chameleon's Gameshow is at Z-arts on Sat 3 Nov. Further afield a reminder of West Yorkshire Playhouse's Furnace today and tomorrow.
Live at LICA hosts the first of the northern outings for Forced Entertainment's The Coming Storm on Mon 29 + Tues 30 Oct, and Company Chameleon on Thurs 1 Nov.
Over in Liverpool Homotopia kicks off on 30 Oct (til 30 Nov), including Darren Pritchard's 1 (Weds 31 - Fri 2 Nov). The Gary Clarke Company's triple bill is also on Sat 3 Nov at the Capstone Theatre in Liverpool Hope University. I'm a bit gutted to be missing some of that lot - while I do a mad dash to Ipswich for Spill Festival though of course I will be back (with Mr DeDomenici in tow) for Friday's Word of Warning epic with Ollie+Richard. Hope to see you all there! Best Tamsin
is on tomorrow, Sat 20 Oct. And in Leeds, Ellie Harrison and Jaye Kearney's The Reservation - an intimate one on one - is back at The Wren's Hotel on 24, 25, 31 Oct + 1, 7, 8 Nov. At the weekend, West Yorkshire Playhouse plays host to Furnace on Fri 26 + Sat 27 featuring sharings from RashDash and Invisible Flock amongst others. The following week is gearing up to be immense - for the truly 'dedicated' (for which read unhinged and prepared to drive overnight diagonally across the country...like me) Spill Festival takes place in Ipswich while, MUCH closer to home, the next Word of Warning event carries on our rock musings at Z-arts of Fri 2 Nov, featuring the very marvellous Ollie Smith and Richard DeDomenici. Hope to see you all on the 2nd Best Tamsin
and good luck to our neighbours Lip Service's Inspector Norse public dress rehearsal at Z-arts... Staggeringly there is life after this weekend, so moving onto next week at the Lowry Happystorm Theatre's Borderline Vultures is ongoing, Jasmin Vardimon's Freedom is on Tue 16 Oct and my Salford outing for the week will be Victoria Melody's Northern Soul in the Studio on Thurs 18 Oct. Further afield, Axis Arts Centre in Crewe has New Art Club's Quiet Acts of Destruction, also on Thurs 18. A good time to visit Liverpool might be on Friday 18 for the Long Night of the Biennial. And in Lancaster, Live at LICA has Ockham's Razor Not Until We Are Lost on Sat 20 (continuing til 24th.) My adrenalin is now reaching peak levels which tells me to get myself back to check on progress at Gorilla. Really hoping lots of you will be joining us tonight or for Emergency. best Tamsin
Unfinished Conversation film about Stuart Hall by John Akomfrah at the Bluecoat and, on the live side, there are good reports about Anfield Tour. Then, for fear of labouring the point - the following week sees the Manchester Weekender including our season launch with Action Hero vs GO Project's full-on reboot of Frontman at GORILLA on Fri 12 Oct followed by a truly gigantic Emergency on Sat 13th. best Tamsin
Word of Warning...
So the tell-tale signs of a Manchester Autumn are upon us... the streets have miraculously re-filled with students, the weather's freezing and I'm going to start banging on about Emergency!
And. more appositely, there's more and more work out there to see: Tonight, Fri 21, sees Ladies Night, the first Mother's Ruin of the season, at Contact. Next week sees the second Lost & Found Festival take to streets, shopping centres and trams (Weds 26-Fri 28 Sept). Sited work is always a tricky one to plan to catch, but taking a tram from Piccadilly Gardens out to Salford Quays and the Lowry Outlet Mall one afternoon looks like it might be a plan - or joining the Albino Mosquito finale at Great Northern Amphitheatre on the evening of Fri 28th. (For individual events you'll need to click here and go through the listings one by one).
Up in Lancaster, LEAP's Leaping Out at the Dukes, this Saturday 22nd, sees the culmination of a week-long collaborative experiment by a dozen young artists. Live at LICA's sited programme continues with Invisible Flock's Sand Pilot (Sat 22 + Mon 24 Sept).
Of interest, over in Leeds is Victoria Melody's Northern Soul on Weds 26th (also coming to the Lowry Studio, on 18 Oct). In Liverpool, Liverpool Biennial enters its second week, and, for those looking for something of a more physical theatre bent TmesisTheatre's Wolf Red is on at the Unity, Weds 26-Sat 29 Sept. There's also Mary Pearson's ongoing improvisational Failure Lab at TILT Dance Studios every Thursday til December.
...and finally, we are just putting the finishing touches to the Word of Warning programme and website for Autumn. But as a major heads-up - we have a manic weekend coming up on Fri 12 and Sat 13 October as part of the Manchester Weekender. On Friday night we return to a familiar old railway arch now known as GORILLA - for Action Hero vs GO Project's full-on reboot of Frontman. And on Saturday we take over three venues for a ridiculously enormous Emergency.
at the Castle Hotel on Oldham Street next Weds 12 Sept. Not to forget, Liverpool Biennial kicks off next weekend, so I'll be keeping my eye out for anything of live interest there. ...and finally, if you are feeling generous, please go along to the Kidneys for Life Fundraiser at BLANKSPACE all afternoon tomorrow, Saturday (8 Sept). best Tamsin
Word of Warning... back to white!Now the giddiness of Hazard has died down, we're back to normal, but think WoW will be taking a break for a few weeks as the seasons have well and truly wound down! The Truth About Youth Festival is into its final few days, so don't forget to go and share some knowledge in the Quarantine, Between Us We Know Everything booth.24:7 Theatre is ongoing, but the big story of the weekend is the Urban Moves Festival in Castlefield, two days of free sited dance (Sat 28 + Sun 29 July). Beyond that, it looks like everyone's going to either be glued to the Olympics - or hiding from it by heading for Edinburgh. We, meanhwile are getting to grips with Autumn - the first thing we can reveal is that Emergency, our annual marathon of performance, will be back for its thirteenth Manchester outing and will be blossoming into 3 venues as part of the Manchester Weekender on Sat 13 October! For anyone interested in presenting work, the call will open early next week at emergencymcr.org (deadline 28 August). Have a nice summer and we'll be back - either in September (with some hints about our own Autumn season) - or on an ad hoc basis if something exciting pops up! Best Tamsin