If you’re feeling compulsively curious this coming long weekend, head to The Lowry for the last throes of 2018’s Week 53 festival, still packed to the rafters with music, comedy, drama, circus, art, technology – and cake! Yes, as well as a Sat mat (2.30pm) of Nigel Slater’s Toast there are free sweet treats in the foyer to celebrate The Lowry’s 18th birthday and coming of age (which also happens to be the festival theme). Here are our top picks for the rest of the Bank Holiday weekend…

Friday 25 May 

7pm, 7.30pm, 8pm, 8.30pm – MADHOUSE re:exit

For those who love immersive experiences & have a passion for social justice. Read our preview of this unique work taking place at Barton Arcade.

7.30pm –  Brighton Rock

For drama and book lovers.

8pm – Fat Roland: Seven Inch

Join one man in his rarely visited record store for a specially commissioned spoken word-comedy show combining cartoon animals and obscure (and not-so-obscure) music references.

Saturday 26 May

Noon, FREE – a party in the foyer with birthday cake

The Lowry celebrates it’s 18th birthday with a giant cake in the foyer – free for all.

2.30pm – Nigel Slater’s TOAST

Nigel Slater’s much loved foodie memoir gets the stage treatment for the first time at the Lowry as part of Week 53 festival. Be among the first to see it this Saturday afternoon.

6pm, Pay What You Decide – Everything I See I Swallow

Telling the tale of a mother and daughter struggling for answers about their own sexuality, and combining aerial circus tricks and Japanese shibari bondage kicks, this is theatre with a difference.

8pm – Teentalitarianism Dare Night

Love truth or dare? Take part in a real life house party at this interactive theatre event, conceived by teenagers and leading Canadian company, Mammalian Diving Reflex. Read our full preview.

Sunday 27 May

8pm – Kiri Pritchard McLean

World class comedy with this acclaimed local star.

8pm – Dökk

It means ‘darkness’ in Icelandic, and Dökk seeks out that point between darkness and light. Think dance meets indoor fireworks, and you’re halfway there – perfect if you fancy something a bit different.

Monday 28 May 

During the day, FREE – Chantal Joffe exhibition  

British artist Joffe depicts the human body – mostly women and girls – with a mixture of humour and intimacy. Read our full preview here.

3pm & 7pm – Hacked On Classics

This demo-packed show from BAFTA-winning artist, coder, laserist and full-time self-confessed geek Seb Lee-Delisle celebrates pre-Millennium Bug gadgets once at the cutting edge of technology and now so last century.

Friday – Monday, times vary, free – David Shearing’s The Dock

All are welcome at The Dock with live music and DJs, a specially designed bar and limited-edition beer, and art interventions designed by award-winning artist David Shearing (work pictured).

Fri 25 – Mon 28 May, The Lowry, Pier 8, The Quays, Salford, M50 3AZ, Tel: 0843 208 6000, times and prices vary, thelowry.com

Fri 25 May - Mon 28 May
Sarah-Clare Conlon
Published on:
Tue 24 Apr 2018