Enjoy theatre right on Manchester’s doorstop with this special offer for Manchester Wire readers. The Waterside Arts Centre is a buzzing, modern arts hub on the site of the old Sale Civic Theatre. Their programme bursts with comedy, theatre, music and film – and you now have a chance to sample the best of the Waterside with an exclusive Wire deal. Book for any of the shows listed here and use the code MCRWIRE on checkout to get 2-for-1 on tickets.
Two (Thu 5 Oct, 7.30pm, £12, www.watersideartscentre.co.uk) sees two actors take on 14 characters as a working class town comes to life in a local boozer. The quick-change script is by renowned Farnworth playwright Jim Cartwright, whose classic play ‘Road’ was adapted for the BBC.
Mary Pearson’s one-woman multimedia spectacular FoMO, Mofos (Fri 6 Oct, 7.30pm, £12, www.watersideartscentre.co.uk) takes us into the chaos of a digital world. This solo dance piece takes its cue from the movies Blow-Up and Mullholland Drive, and the songs of Robert Wyatt and John Lennon.
The British empire comes under scrutiny in Just An Ordinary Lawyer (Wed 11 Oct, 7.30pm, £12, www.watersideartscentre.co.uk). Actor Tayo Aluko tells – and sings – the compelling tale of how Nigerian cricket fan Tunji Sowande rose through the ranks to become Britain’s first Black judge in 1978.
The Value of Nothing (Thu 19 Oct, 7.30pm, £10, www.watersideartscentre.co.uk) is a press conference from hell. Kim Wiltshire’s script sees self-appointed people’s champ Vince Fine lead a government welfare scheme amid the many voices of people on benefits. An electric play brought by Laid Bare.
Young people across the UK lent their voices to Zest Theatre and Half Moon’s What Once Was Ours (Mon 6 Nov, 7pm, £9, www.watersideartscentre.co.uk). This is an immersive standing show for young people about Katie and Callum (pictured) living disconnected lives against the background of Brexit.
Meet a cobbler and a cook in hit Edinburgh Fringe show Chopping Chillies (Fri 24 Nov, 7.30pm, £12, www.watersideartscentre.co.uk). This poetic tale brings India to the heart of London, and features a post-show talk. It’s directed by Guy Masterson, producer of the Olivier Award winning ‘Morecambe’.
Thu 5 Oct – Fri 24 Nov, Waterside Arts Centre, 1 Waterside Plaza, Sale, Greater Manchester M33 7ZF. Tel: 0161 912 5616, www.watersideartscentre.co.uk
Published on: Wed 1 Nov 2017