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.

Derelict Springs is a short programme of immersive and participatory performance in Preston from 7 – 16 April.  I like the look of Séance, a 15 minute performance in complete darkness in a shipping container in Preston’s Flag Market.  I have a fascination with these containers so really excited about this one.  Mon 11 – Sat 16 April, various times.

Then there is Verity Standen’s HUG, ‘an immersive choral sound bath’ where each audience member is blindfolded and hugged by a singer.  Whitworth Gallery Manchester 7 Apr, Harris Museum, Preston, 8 – 9 April.

At Sale Waterside on 7 April, Chloé Déchery presents her solo show A Duet Without You.  Described as a group performance with only one performer present on stage, Chloe examines what drives us apart and what brings us together.

On Thursday 14 April, Pen:Chant comes to Gullivers, featuring ‘a night of eclectic, alternative cabaret’.  This time it’s stand up poet Jonny Fluffypunk’s spoken word theatre show Man up, Jonny Fluffypunk and musician Kirsty McGee.

At the Royal Exchange the Young Company present Nothing, by Amanda Dalton, from 14 – 17 April.  When teenager Pierre Anthon cheerfully announces that nothing in life has meaning, his friends decide to prove him wrong. Fearful he might in fact be right, their desperate actions spiral out of control and lead to terrifying consequences.

At HOME, ¡Viva! Spanish and Latin American Festival runs from 7 – 24 April and features not only cinema but six different theatre shows throughout the festival.

In Leeds from 22 – 23 April Transform Festival gives a taste of some cutting edge new work.  Don’t miss the Saturday afternoon Transform Trailblazer session at Slung Low’s Hub with work from Javaad Alipoor, RashDash and Tim Etchells.

At the Lowry, their Week 53 festival looks fascinating (Thurs 28 Apr – Sun 8 May).  Aiming to both open up areas of the theatre that are normally ‘backstage’, and to allocate a specific period across all theatre spaces for collaboration, the theme is identity and place.  Expect contemporary dance, visual arts, music and theatre.  The programme is still unfolding so check the Week 53 site to see what has been announced.


Theatre lover, amateur director, occasional actor, writer.

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