warnmcr: ne me quitte pas...

On this last day of January, there's no more if - we are indeed going away... and while the white cliffs of Dover bid a forlorn farewell to Europe, as a nation we find ourselves slinking off to our island hideaway to await whatever unknown marvels the next year may bring... at least the performative expectations of the next few weeks are a bit more predictable:

This weekend, the last flakes of the mancunian festival flurry see White Noise Theatre's Freedom To Move tonight, Fri 31 Jan at HOME; while Barbara is at Hope Mill Theatre on Sat 1 Feb. Over in Leeds, Imitating the Dog's Night of the Living Dead is at Leeds Playhouse (til 15 Feb).

Next week (w/c 3 Feb) Mancunia seems quiet until Sat 8 Feb when Sheila Ghelani + Sue Palmer's Common Salt is at Manchester Central Library and Nathaniel Hall's First Time is at New Adelphi Theatre, Salford University. Further afield there's a bit more -  the Arts Centre at Edgehill University has Joseph Toonga's Born to Manifest on Tue 4 Feb (also at The Lowry on Thu 13 Feb) and Joanne Tremarco's The Birth of Death on Thu 6 Feb; while Lancaster Arts has Fram + Dunt's Collectif and then on Fri 7 Feb.

The following week (w/c 10 Feb) sees the start of the season for Word of Warning with Harry Clayton-Wright at The Lowry (booking very fast). Beyond Manchester things are really waking up with Rachel Mars in Lancaster; Shane Shambu in Ormskirk; Vincent Gambini in Liverpool. In Bradford there's the Right Queer, Right Now Weekender, while in York there's A Taste of SLAP.

I've been asked to let you know about the Quiet Man Dave Prize has just launched by MMU in memory of the much-missed Dave Murray who wrote so generously about performance and theatre in Manchester. There's a fiction and a non-fiction prize, and the hope is to encourage more new writing about theatre and performance across the city.

I'm off to polish my 50p and hone my festival of brexit application (can you imagine?).



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Performance Programme Spring/Summer 2020

Wed 12 Feb, 8pm. PWYD | The Lowry
Harry Clayton-Wright

Thu 27 Feb, 6pm-10pm. PWYD | NIAMOS
A night out for the curious
 (artists TBA).

Thu 19 — Sat 21 Mar, 7.30pm. £13/11/7 | The Studio at Royal Exchange Theatre
Jamal Gerald

Wed 1 Apr, 8pm. PWYD | The Lowry
Jo Bannon

Thu 23 + Fri 24 Apr, 7.30pm. £7/4 | STUN Studio at Z-arts
Tania Camara

Thu 21 + Fri 22 May, 7.30pm. PWYD | NIAMOS
A double bill
 from Will Dickie + Ross McCaffrey

(PWYD indicates you Pay What You Decide)

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