warnmcr: starting afresh...

So it's September, the leaves are falling, the freshers are falling down drunk and, in what seems like a curiously late-starting season, there's a glimmer of mancunian theatrical activity on the October horizon.

This weekend, there's a momentary flurry here in Mancunia - tonight Fri 21 Sept, there's Hush Hush at The Lowry and tomorrow, Sat 22 Sep,  House of Ghetto + Gemma Parker's The Hidden Pin-Up is at the Whitworth.
Over in Liverpool at the Biennial, there's Rosa Johan Uddoh + Tom Smith at the Bluecoat (Fri 21 Sep) and Invisible Flock's Aurora at Toxteth Reservoir (21 Sep - 7 Oct); while in Bradford Common Wealth's Radical Acts. is at the Bradford Club (til 23 Sep). Also tomorrow, Sat 22 Sep Derelict has a series of sited pieces at Lancashire Encounter in Preston.

Next week (w/c 24 Sep) is a bit quiet, but there's the Vital Signs Festival, including Mary Pearson's FoMO, mofos! at the University of Salford (28-30 Sep). Humanhood's Zero is at the Arts Centre at Edgehill University on Tue 25 Sep; and Tmesis Theatre's Beyond Belief is at the Unity, Liverpool (28 Sep - 6 Oct).

The following week (w/c 1 Oct) while parts Mancunian are slow off the mark, elsewhere, there's Furnace Festival (1-6 Oct) including Selina Thompson's Salt on Tue 2 + Wed 3 Oct, at the newly renamed Leeds Playhouse. Also on Tue 2 Oct, Andy Smith's Summit is at Axis Arts Centre, Crewe; and Michael Clark Company's to a simple rock'n'roll song is at Storyhouse Chester.  On Thu 4 Oct Jackie Hagan's This is not a safe space is at Theatre in the Mill, Bradford ; while, closer to home Ellie Dubois's No Show is at The Lowry on Fri 5 Oct (also at Leeds Carriageworkson Mon 8 Oct)

Sat 6 Oct, sees Word of Warning herald the new season with the annual frenzy that is Emergency,this year with an even more unfeasible 30 performances in the one day.  Not content with that, on Wed 10 Oct at The Lowry, we've got another two shows hard on its heels: a one-off, Brexit-inspired pairing of Instant Dissidence's One Last Dance accompanied by Leentje Van de Cruys's Belgian Waffling.

The following week things get seriously hectic - so use Emergency to get in training for the season ahead! I, meanwhile, am off to prepare for technical meetings and contemplate why I thought 32 shows in a week was in any way a good idea!


ps. Also look out for Becoming Storybook's performances at Chapter 1 books dotted through October and November. 
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    Performance Programme Autumn/Winter 2018
    Please note all events are Pay What You Decide

  • Sat 6 Oct, 12noon-10pm. PWYD | Z-arts
    Emergency 2018
    A day out for the curious, with:
    Aidan Strudwick | Alexandrina Hemsley | Alicia Jane Turner | Avital Raz | BOXD Theatre | Camilla Canocchi | Chanje Kunda | Dead Good Theatre | Demelza Toy Toy | Emma Geraghty | Frances Kay | idontloveyouanymore | Katt Perry | Lise Boucon | Luca Federici | Magda Tuka + Opeaen | Mark Croasdale | Megan Rudden | Miss Englatina | Natalie Wardle | Paper People Theatre | Penelope Harrall | Peter Jacobs | Proud & Loud Arts | Rachel Gomme | Rosie Gibbens | Tom Cassani | Tom Halls | Two Blue Ticks | Yani B

    Wed 10 Oct, 8pm. PWYD | The Lowry
    One Last Dance — An Chéad Damhsa
    Instant Dissidence, with guest Leentje Van de Cruys

    Wed 21 Nov, 7pm. PWYD | The Lowry
    The Comforter
    Stacy Makishi