According to the promotional material, “Janet” is a “poetically performed tragi-comedy… A quirky look at trying to defy the inevitable… A show for anyone who has tried to battle destiny”. Great. Sounds like a recipe for life.
Lucy Aphramor’s bold fringe production, Enough, is the epitome of a brave performance. You cannot witness this ambitious piece of theatre without gaining some respect for Lucy’s commitment and determination to voicing her experience and identity as a queer, traumatised yet also privileged survivor.
Have you ever regretted not telling someone special just how you feel? What would happen if you never got the chance to again? That is the basis of new comedy play The Séance playing as part of Greater Manchester Fringe until Saturday at 53Two.
What do you owe? Who do you owe it to? Those are the very questions you are asked when checking in at 53Two for Jubilee Debtors Club starring Paris based theatre maker, performer, voiceover actress and drama arts educator, Elizabeth Wautlet.
During July, Manchester will open its arms to a host of theatre companies, musicians, comedians and performance artists at venues all over the city, forming the 7th Greater Manchester Fringe Festival and promising to showcase new and emerging talent from the region and beyond.
This off-beat, satirical comedy is being staged at the equally off beat and self-proclaimed “biggest smallest bestest theatre space in Manchester”. Apart from the grammar and lack of punctuation, I’d almost certainly agree with that bold statement. To the uninitiated that means the secret arches of 53Two, a hop, skip and jump from Deansgate Castlefield Metrolink station.
Rescued is the latest work of talented comedian Nina Gilligan. After a slightly rocky start, Rescued reveals itself to be an intelligently constructed and extremely witty creation. Delving into themes of mental health, relationships and recovery with a dark sense of reality and authenticity, this new play faces tough topics brazenly and with a bold humour.
Bunny at 53Two by Jack Thorne and produced by Fabricate Theatre is 70 minutes of pure theatrical excellence. Set on and around the streets of Luton, Catherine Lamb as Katie (Bunny) gives an unmissable performance recalling a summer of love with boyfriend Abe. Ingenious lighting and sound effects help propel and bring tension to this story.
So tonight England won their first competitive match in a knock out tournament in 22 years and at 53Two ahead of Don’t Cha Wish Your Scouser Was Boss Like Me the audience were treated to the nail biting penalty shoot-out live on the big screen! Not a bad warm up act!
23 characters, three actors and one time-travelling wheelchair: this new fringe production might sound a little too ridiculous for the discerning theatre-goer, but Trollope is an absurdist hour of joy worth watching.
For years the mystery of the Loch Ness Monster has dominated Scottish folklore and divided the nation. The first photograph of the creature’s head and neck, taken by a doctor named Robert Kenneth Wilson, was published in the Daily Mail, April 21st, 1934. Due to Wilson’s refusal to have his name associated with it, the picture became known as “the surgeon’s photograph”.
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