On the Fringe in Manchester

Published: 14 July 2019
Reporter: David Upton

Stained by punk poet Simon Widdop
Talk to Yourself

Among the productions that are part of the Greater Manchester Fringe:

  • Best Girl is a new one-woman play written by Lancaster-based actress Christine Mackie and starring her daughter Lois. It has its première at this year’s Greater Manchester Fringe at Hope Aria on July 18–20 at 7PM and also a 3PM Saturday matinée.
  • WonderIfTheatre returns to the stage in Bury with black comedy Mojo as part of the Greater Manchester Fringe Festival but shifts the action of the play from Soho to the 1990s Madchester club scene. It’s performed Wednesday, Sunday and Monday.
  • Johnny Deighton has been tattooing for close to 10 years, his studio Low Voltage is a local success and its reputation is growing nationally. But what has the cost been to himself? This is Stained, a debut spoken word show from punk poet Simon Widdop. Monday to Wednesday it’s at Kings Arms, Salford 7PM; Friday to Saturday at The Way Theatre, Atherton and later Saturday The Met, Bury.
  • Perfectly Ordinary at Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester July 22–24 is a new British musical. On a psychiatric ward somewhere in the UK, a range of unique, sometimes tragic, sometimes hilarious characters strive to be ‘normal’. Based on real life events and inspired by real people, the show is an exploration of the human condition.
  • Emergency Door Release is on at the Kings Arms Studio July 20 and 21.
  • Orlando De-Bloomed is at King’s Arms, Salford July 18–20.
  • Dalton $wine Clwb, a brand new theatre troupe, performs The Book Of Now at the Hope Aria Academy July 26–27.
  • Talk to Yourself, a cross art form exploration of womanhood involving live painting, music and spoken word, is at the King’s Arms, Salford July 24.