Monthly Archives: March 2016

Smoke Signals

Smoke Signals is a sonic and visual art installation from Ed Carter and David Cranmer, set in the main room of the Anthony Burgess Foundation.  It’s part of Future Everything, a Festival of Ideas and Culture in Manchester, which this year focuses on how we can rethink the Earth’s resources. The installation ‘takes data beyond the confines of… Continue Reading →

Week 53 at The Lowry

Week 53 is a brand new festival coming to The Lowry in Salford from 28 April to 8 May 2016. But what is it? And where does it fit into The Lowry’s programming? I talk to Lowry Chief Executive Julia Fawcett. What was the driving force for setting up the festival? We’ve always had a… Continue Reading →

Quarantine – a personal story

I’ve only recently discovered Quarantine.  First at Home for a five hour preview of Wallflower, where the company tried to remember every dance they had ever danced, and placed each dance into the context of their own lives.  Then one lunchtime at Kabana Curry Cafe where I swapped my conversation for a veggie curry.  Today is the… Continue Reading →

Manchester Passion

Easter weekend finds The Passion in Manchester, from Streetwise Opera and The Sixteen, supported by HOME. The Passion is a seventy minute abridged version of Bach’s iconic oratorio St Matthew Passion, including a new ‘resurrection’ finale by celebrated composer Sir James MacMillan.  Staged in Manchester’s historical Campfield Market, and starring performers who have experienced homelessness alongside a… Continue Reading →

See something new in April

Some months you want to see something different, and April feels like just the right time.  Here are some events that offer something, well, a little different, or unexpected, or surprising, not just in Manchester.  I haven’t seen any of them, but they’re all productions that I’d take a chance, knowing you might witness something truly brilliant…. Continue Reading →