Coming up at Hope Mill, Manchester

Published: 11 August 2019
Reporter: David Upton

Play With Fire, the production company behind Orphans and Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, returns to Hope Mill Theatre in Manchester this autumn with Some Voices, written by Joe Penhall.

Ray, a young man with schizophrenia, is trying to reassimilate after a stint in a psychiatric hospital. He is sent to live with his overworked brother, Pete, where he is torn between getting his life back on track and his exciting infatuation with a troubled young woman.

Can two men raised to fight ever learn to love? That’s the question behind the play Gypsy Queen that returns to the same venue. It’s the story of ‘Gorgeous’ George O’Connell, a bare-knuckle fighter and traveller, who enters the world of professional boxing which puts him on a collision course with his roots, his identity and his greatest fear.

Mame sees two-time Olivier Award-winner Tracie Bennett star as Mame Dennis, one of musical theatre’s all-time greatest heroines, in an adaptation of Patrick Dennis’s bestseller, Auntie Mame.