The beauty of the Greater Manchester Fringe Festival is the scope it gives different kinds of performances to be showcased, for example a walking tour of Manchester led by Rock Star Liam Gallagher and Feminist Activist Emmeline Pankhurst. An unlikely combination to say the least, but somehow it worked!
The first thing you notice as you approach Saint Philip’s, is that the church is weirdly out of place in Salford: a late-Georgian Greek Revival style round tower rises above the surrounding rooftops. As if this wasn’t a stunning enough venue, we are heading below ground, as – uniquely – Patient 4620 takes the form of a self-guided audio tour around the expansive and dimly lit catacombs that stretch beneath Saint Philip’s.
Nicola Houghton is from the North (Radcliffe to be precise) but now lives in London with her husband and three children and her show is about the differences between those two places and various class issues. (She appears mortified that her three children like olives!)
If you’re still struggling to define the elusive sensibility of Camp after this year’s Met Gala, Anita Giovannini’s one woman show Anita Luna – The Diva pretty much covers it. While making its UK debut last night at Manchester’s Lock 91 Camp could be found in abundance. It’s been said that Camp is tarting up ideas in costume jewellery and that absolutely applies to this show.
Kicking off the Manchester Fringe 2019, Laura Harper’s one-handed play is about a woman who is living in her own attic.
Ever hated your job? If you have, you’re not alone. 70% of the British workforce do at some point, and they are the inspiration for Mel Byron’s show. ‘Karoshi’ means ‘death by overwork’ and was coined in Japan during an economic boom in which people literally worked themselves to death.
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