Hawaiian performance-maker Stacy Makishi’s The Falsettos is a thrilling tale of ‘filial-sleuthery’ and investigates mid-life, mobs, meatballs and mums through Barbra Streisand, ET, and The Sopranos. The Falsettos, which grafts the trappings of gangster film onto domestic drama, is a solo take on the mysteries of love, loss and separation and contains a woven mix of text, movement and stand-up. The Falsettos  is a loose sequel to The Making of Bull: The True Story (first presented with Contact) and looks at the very idea of the sequel. It asks how artists remain faithful to their personal style and ‘vision’ without falling into formulas and expectations of previous work. Makishi’s work includes live art, film, installation and visual art, and is as complex as it is accessible; humorous as it is challenging; and visual as it is literate. For a higher ticket price, audiences can purchase a joint ticket that will allow them to see Bryony Kimmings at Contact – a provocative protest against the sexualising of childhood for profit, which follows Kimmings and her nine-year-old niece as they set out to make fictional pop star Catherine Bennett world famous. These two shows are presented by Word of Warning, an organisation which promotes live performance – find out more here.

Stacy Makishi’s The Falsettos, Fri 29 Nov, Z-arts, 335 Stretford Road, Hulme, M15 5ZA, Tel: 0161 232 6089, 7.30pm, £8 (£5 concessions), www.wordofwarning.org

Bryony Kimmings, Fri 29 & Sat 30 Nov, Contact, Oxford Road, M15 6JA, Tel: 0161 274 0600, 7.30pm, Joint tickets (for Sat 30) £15 (£8 concessions), or Single ticket £11 (£6 conc), contactmcr.com

Fri 29 Nov - Sat 30 Nov
Steven Brown
Published on:
Fri 29 Nov 2013