Fringe fills Manchester in July

Published: 18 June 2023
Reporter: David Upton

GM Fringe

Greater Manchester Fringe returns July 1–31 with tickets on sale for more than 100 shows at a variety of venues around the region, with more being added to a packed programme.

This open access arts festival provides a launch pad for new talent and writing from around the world, hosts touring shows, and provides warm-up slots for shows heading to Edinburgh.

A Caribbean Gothic story of diaspora, culture, family, and ancestors will be performed in British sign language, English and Spanish in the Whitworth art gallery courtyard July 20.

Leo Mercer and Stephen Hyde return to GM Fringe with The Coffee Shop Musical starring Manchester's Harriet Caplan-Dean, in Northern Quarter café Takk July 5–6.

New musical Ballast looks at what would happen if the oilfields of America dried up and the casts of Dallas and Dynasty bought up Wythenshawe in The Squadhouse, Pear Mill, Stockport, July 14–15.

Enough is a new two-woman play in the wake of the Sarah Everard murder about misogyny, sexism and predatory behaviour (July 11–12, King’s Arms in Salford). Writer and actress Emily Hunter, from Holmes Chapel, has appeared on ITV’s Coronation Street.

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