One-man Manford for Lowry

Published: 10 March 2021
Reporter: David Upton

Jason Manford

Jason Manford will perform an un-rehearsed, one-man show at The Lowry this Saturday (March 13) as part of a global event to mark the anniversary of lockdown.

White Rabbit Red Rabbit by Aurora Nova and Nassim Soleimanpour, is one of the most widely performed plays in the world. It’s been translated into more than 30 languages and performed by many respected actors. Manford will be handed the script live on-stage and immediately perform the text to an audience watching at home on Zoom.

The play was conceived in 2011 and requires no set, no direction and no rehearsal. Performances are taking place at 8PM in every time zone around the world—creating a wave of theatrical performances.

Manford said, “It’s a very sad anniversary that we’ve reached, but the end is in sight and I hope this event raises lots of much-needed funds.”

Tickets for the one-off performance are £10 per household, with all proceeds to The Lowry’s Emergency Appeal, set up last March to help the venue through the pandemic.

Meanwhile The Lowry has four new shows as part of its #LoveLowry programme. Shared as livestreams, on-demand and via text message they take place across March and April.

REWRITES x SIGNAL features companies involved in The Lowry's Rewrites Festival of new musical theatre singing songs from their latest shows from their own homes. It will be available free of charge on YouTube on Friday at 8PM.

On March 26, HELLO by Bert & Nasi is delivered as a video diary by text message over seven days.

Medea & Ex-Duchess by The Faction are two short films of classic tales moved to a Salford setting April 2 and 9.

The Sunday Boys & Finn Anderson is a new music film collaboration between Manchester-based LGBTQ+ low voice choir and Anderson, who is The Lowry's Cameron Mackintosh Composer in Residence. It’s set for release on April 23.