Featuring daredevil dads, Regency romantic pursuits and even a round of competitive Shakespeare, Heartbreak Productions bring an enchanting outdoor theatre programme to Manchester with three open-air plays in Didsbury’s picturesque Fog Lane Park.

David Walliams' 'Bad Dad' | Sat 19 - Sun 20 Sep | 2pm, 5pm, 6.30pm | £11.50-£62

Bringing the charming, warm-hearted tale of a retired racer-gone-rogue to life in the great outdoors, Heartbreak’s production of David Walliams’ Bad Dad charts the whirlwind story of Frank and his old man, Gilbert the Great, a former ‘king of the track’ who agrees to become a getaway driver for local villains in order to provide for his family.

Heartbreak Productions invites audiences to grab a folding chair, pack a picnic and wear a waterproof as the pair skid through car chases and convicts in a race to clear Gilbert’s name during a perfect family day out in Fog Lane Park.

The 2pm Saturday showing is a BSL interpreted performance, and has an allocation of 100 ‘Pay What You Can’ tickets.

MacHamLear | Fog Lane Park | Didsbury | Thu 31 Aug - Fri 1 Sep | 7pm | £11.50-£62

A show which ‘shamelessly exploits the genius of England’s most celebrated writer’, Heartbreak Productions presents a wondrously inventive production which asks audiences to vote on Shakespeare’s undisputed best play as part of a brand new theatrical competition, Will of the People. Created by award-winning playwright Michael Davies, MacHamLear forms Round One of a unique thespian contest, pitting Macbeth, Hamlet and King Lear against one another in a Battle of the Bard. Across two nights in Fog Lane Park, different groups of esteemed actors make their case for their own chosen tragedy, and audiences decide which of the three will progress to the next stage of the contest in a riotous weekend of farcical fun.

Sense & Sensibility | Sat 2 - Sun 3 Sep | 2.30pm, 5pm, 7pm | £11.50-£62

Reimagining Jane Austen’s searing social satire in a wonderfully apt setting, Heartbreak’s open-air adaptation of Sense & Sensibility follows the exhausting tumult of Regency romance and the unyielding propriety of high society at Didsbury’s own Matchmaker’s Ball on Sat 2 and Sun 3 Sep.

As ladies Elinor and Marianne Dashwood each hope to meet a man of fair face and good fortune, they leap headlong into the polite carnage of beau monde revelry in search of an appropriate suitor.

Ideal for lovers of idyllic English courtship and well-mannered period frollicking, the outdoor adaptation of the timeless literary classic arrives in Manchester for a spellbinding weekend of delightfully chaotic whimsy.

The 2.30pm Saturday showing is a BSL interpreted performance, and has an allocation of 100 ‘Pay What You Can’ tickets.

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Published on:
Thu 10 Aug 2023