wowmcr - addendum - Orchestra of Fools, Friday 23rd

Feeling a little fragile having exited greenroom for the very last time at 3.30 this morning but if anyone is short of a destination on Friday, try (the legendary) Tosh Ryan-Carter's Orchestra of Fools at the Kings Arms - I'm told it's an experimental music...sort of/party... definitely!

run of the mill it definitely won't be!

Friday 23rd of december at kings arms pub salford
8pm (until 1am) 
only 3 earth-pounds

the orchestra of fools christmas landing:

Orchestra of fools pay homage to Shibusashirazu and play a degree of freeform stuff, around 40 players, a tone deaf choir, and dancers on vitamins will perform We're on the Wrong road BUT we're going in the Wrong Direction a modern passion musical.
11 Bloom StreetM3 6AN Salford, United Kingdom

WoWmcr: festive frolics - bah humbug!

So the festive season is now well and truly upon us and performance programmes are winding down, so, unless something crops up that really needs to be talked about, I think this might be my last intrusion into your inboxes for the year before I retire into my scrooge-like state and leave you to overindulge in a different way.  

Just a reminder that there's still time to catch Coney and CYAC at Contact The Adventure Principle (8-10 Dec)And two events coming that might push some festive performance buttons are Matthew Bellwood and Rachel Dean's Christmas Cabaret (tonight, Friday 9 and tomorrow Sat 10 in Bradford and Leeds resptectively) and of course, Contact is going out with flourish with Mother's Ruin's Yuletide Ding-a-ling next Friday 16 Dec.

Word of Warning will be back in the New Year with a round-up of all the Spring programmes ahead and a whole new programme of its own! 

 I,meanwhile, will be packing my, not inconsiderable, bags (I don't travel light - I've got an office and, now, half a theatre!), bidding a tearful final farewell to greenroom and making a big move to Zion Arts Centre, which will become hÅb and Word of Warning's base from the New Year onwards.  

Hope to see you back here in the New Year, bah humbug and all that!





WoWmcr: last gasp before panto...

It's December already and humbug-time is starting so catch the remains of the autumn season while you can, before the whole world succumbs to tinsel and panto... I could use WoW to do a panto round-up, but maybe you wouldn't appreciate my sense of humour...!

A reminder that Saturday 3 Dec sees Burrows & Fargion's Cheap Lecture & The Cow Piece at the Nuffield Theatre/Live at LICA in Lancaster.  Contact focuses on gaming and play withLarkin' About's take-over also on Sat 3 Dec, followed by Coney and CYAC at Contact The Adventure Principle (8-10 Dec).

For anyone who missed Kraak's utterly bonkers Disco Cave, they've got another event coming up next " target="_blank">Wednesday 7 December, with Manchester Art Group, a workshop leading to a collaborative work hosted by Naomi Kashiwagi from Whitworth Art Gallery.

And for an ironic slant on the festive season, a date for your diaries - Mother's Ruin at Contact on 16 December with Mother's Yuletide Ding-a-ling

To tease you a little bit further about hÅb's (that's me really) plans for Spring, I'm on the move... and watch this space for a monthly Word of Warning performance programme... starting on 17 Feb... so Save the Date!



WoWmcr: Compass, Disco Cave and Larkin' About

Another breathless bulleting before hitting the windy M62 en route to Compass Liveart Festival in Leeds (Fri 25-Sun27) - with evening performances by Reckless Sleepers and Forced Entertainment, late night shenanigans from a host of artists tonight and a range of intriguing free pieces dotted round the city tomorrow it looks well worth the trip.

Next week, things worth checking out are - Kraak's Disco Cave on Wednesday 30th and on Saturday 3 Dec etiher Burrows & Fargion's Cheap Lecture & The Cow Piece or, for a bit of gaming madness, Larkin' About at Contact 

hÅb (that's me for anyone that doesn't know) has a couple of announcements brewing about its future location and programme - and Spring in particular, but I'll save those for the silly season wind-down that it creeping inexorably towards us - and give myself a bit of time to actually be more organised!





WoWmcr...back on the motorway...Compass Live Art festival and more...

Wow (sorry!) this has been a bit of a week of it...I've been out almost every night!

For anyone who hasn't seen it, New Art Club's Big Bag of Boom is still on at the Royal Exchange Studio til Saturday and it's well worth catching. 

Next week to mark the opening of the new Was I There Exhibition, is a double-bill 'performance gig' teaming Action Hero's Frontman,with the Juneau Brothers at the Nuffield Theatre/Live at LICA, Lancaster on Tuesday. And if you missed Forced Entertainment's Void Story this week, you've another chance at the Lawrence Batley Theatre in Huddersfield on Thursday.  Tom Wainwright's Pedestrian at the Royal Exchange Studio (Thurs-Sat) might also be of interest.

For me, the main event of the week is Compass Live Art in Leeds (Fri 25 - Sun 27th) featuring Reckless Sleepers,
Forced Entertainment
, Oliver Bray with Mark Flisher, 
Jenny Lawson, 
Brian Lobel, 
Simon Persighetti & Katie Etheridge,
Janek Schaefer, 
Grace Surman & Catherine Butterworth
 and Third Angel, alongside a full Symposium programme.

Also on Friday 25th in Goole, as part of Mayhem in the Market, Question Your Teaspoons offers you Mulled Wine + Snowflakes!

For any dancers/dancemakers out there, in a quick moment of self-indulgence, the Call for Proposals for Turn, May 2012, Contact is now out there, deadline 13 January.

WoWmcr... 11.11.11, Forced Entertainment and lots of dance!

Rapid rundown today, as I'm just about to go and check out today's 11.11.11 In Remembrance at Platt Chapel.  If anyone else is planning on going, just because my brain's wired that way, I turned the timetable from their site into a little spreadsheet to figure out when best to go! I take no responsibility for its accuracy (I did it just for my own use) but if it's helpful to anyone else, it's at the bottom of this page!

Quick reminder of tomorrow's events - Future Artist's all day event, now renamed Crowdfunding... and Blank Media Collective's Title Art Prize.

Onto next week... Lots of dance - New Art Club's Big Bag of Boom at the Royal Exchange Studio (Tues 15 - Sat 19th), Company Chameleon's Gameshow at The Lowry (16/17th) and Ben Wright at the Nuffield (Tuesday 15 only).

And the big one of the week is probably Forced Entertainment's Void Story at Contact, (Tues 15 - Thurs 17).

If anyone's still craving an outing, there's also Ellie Harrison's The Reservation a one-on-one at the Queen's Hotel in Leeds on Friday 18th, Three Minute Theatre at Afflecks, including Fighting Fit's Hoodies on Sat 19th (sorry can't find a link!) 

And finally a quick word of advanced warning for the Compass Live Art Festival and Symposium in Leeds next weekend (25-27 November).




WoWmcr... november with a bang

Reeling as I am after my little trip-ette to Newcastle for Wunderbar yesterday, here's the, frankly bonkers, list of things happening in the next week - I'm almost more exhausted trying to work out how to get to things than I would be if I was doing them!

First off, the very wonderful Julia Griffin (VOIDANCE) presents a special dance video installation created with third years from Edgehill University in Victoria Baths tonight (Friday 4 Nov)Die Praxis der Liebe (The Practice of Love) or for more dance in Leeds there's Live Bites at Yorkshire Dance.  Tomorrow, for bonfire night with a difference try,  David Hoyle’s Northern Lights featuring Ryan Styles, Zero Symphony & Lowri Evans at Platt Chapel.

Next week sees Reckless Sleeper's Schrödinger at" target="_blank">Axis Arts, Crewe on Tuesday and at the" target="_blank">Nuffield Theatre/Live at LICA on Thursday.  At Axis on Thursday is Vincent Cacialano/Things fall into places unknown and at the Carriageworks in Leeds, Ellie Harrison's Etiquette of Grief.

If there's one 'don't miss' live art event of the month, it's In Remembrance.  Marking the eleventh day of the eleventh month of the eleventh year 11.11.11 In Remembrance is curated by Michael Mayhew and features pieces by Nicola Canavan, Alistair MacLennan, Lisa Newman Kris Canavan, Nina Whiteman, Victoria Gray, Bean, Leo Devlin, Martin O'Brien, Mark Greenwood.

The weekend carries on in mad busy mode - with the ongoing Homotopia in Liverpool, featuring Tranny Hotel at the Adelphi and, also in Liverpool on Saturday is Giving in to Gift (from 2pm, info from The Bluecoat).  

Saturday in Salford and Manchester, see two of the thriving artists cooperatives both with key weekends:

Future Artists present Bring the Noise - a full day of workshops and discussions at their very own Black Lion pub.

And Blank Media Collective celebrate their fifth birthday with the thrilling climax and announcement of the winner of the Title Art Prize at BLANKSPACE.

WoWmcr...last minute additions for tonight + friday: Hallowe'en at Islington Mill and dance in Victoria Baths!

These have just landed in my inbox... not in time for a mailer, but thought they might be of interest nonetheless...!

TONIGHT (31 October) Eggs Collective's Halloween Eggs-travaganza

'an immersive theatrical Halloween experience in and around the famously haunted Islington Mill'
Fancy dress is encouraged. Entry is free - doors 8.30 for 9pm

Friday, November 4th 7.30pm Victoria Baths Hathersage Road, Manchester

Die Praxis der Liebe (The Practice of Love) - a dance video installation by Julia Griffin (VOIDANCE) with 3rd Year Dance & Drama Students in the atmospheric Victoria Baths.

WoWmcr: as the days get darker...

Still reeling a bit from last week's Up the Wall, I'm beginning to think that hibernation or a holiday might be advisable... but those who know me will also know how likely that is...

So, to the week ahead - those who haven't already caught Little Bulb's Operation Greenfield have a final opportunity at the Carriageworks in Leeds tonight (Friday 28th Oct).  On Sunday (30th) Mother's Ruin hold their Fall Ball at Taurus on Canal St, and Action Hero's Frontman makes its first visit to the region at Axis Arts Centre, Crewe.   Then on bonfire night, Platt Chapel plays host to David Hoyle’s Northern Lights featuring Ryan Styles, Zero Symphony & Lowri Evans.

Meanwhile it's a big dance week with two shows by The Featherstonehaughs at the Nuffield (Live at Lica) - Edits and Egon Schiele and a range of interesting work coming to Liverpool as part of Homotopia - including Joseph Mercier's Cruising, Clubbing and Fucking and a Homotopia Dance Triple Bill  both at the Unity, Liverpool.

And, once more, if, like me, you can face straying a bit further afield, Wunderbar Festival takes places all week (31 Oct - 7 Nov) in Newcastle.

As a final word - if anyone knows of an event that they think fits in this mailer and blog please do let me know... I do my best but my telepathy ain't what it once was! I won't necessarily think everything fits, but it's good to know about things, and I realised, too late this week, that there were a couple of things slipping under everyone's radar!