53two's face-changing feat

Published: 20 July 2022
Reporter: David Upton

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Manchester’s 53two venue launches its first-ever season in their new home with world premières of new writing, the return of JB Shorts and opportunities for Greater Manchester talent to share work as a part of several new platforms.

Only just over a year old in a new setting, they’re out to change the face of independent Manchester Theatre with a line-up of new writing and events.

In September, the space affectionately known as ‘the arches’ will open its newly expanded 150-seater venue with brand new writing from Joshua Chandos. The piece follows Kitty and David as an unlikely friendship blossoms. They realise that maybe they do have more in common than they first thought, bonding over a shared passion to fix ever-growing immigration problems.

Things That Divide Us will run from previews on September 13 until October 1.

From October 11, 53two welcome the return of a Manchester institution. JB Shorts, MTA Winner 2018, returns with six short plays, penned by TV writers and crafted by directors and actors from across Manchester.