Regulars gets run-out in Manchester

Published: 6 December 2021
Reporter: David Upton

The Regulars

The Regulars, a new US folk music musical, about identity and self-love, is to be a highlight of Hope Mill Theatre’s third annual LGBTQIA+ Arts Festival in Manchester.

It’s a rehearsed reading and concert showing produced and developed by Hope Mill, with music, lyrics and book by trans writer Will Shishmanian.

Mark Howard moves away from his West Virginia home to a rural, upstate town in search of a new type of family.

Hope Mill will be bringing a team over from America to work with a company of 10 actors on a preview concert showing of the musical, which will then go into workshop and development in early 2023.

Other Festival highlights include: Turn On Fest Scratch Night, LGBTQ+ live theatre dedicated to developing ideas, and asking for feedback; and The Story of Derek Jarman, written and performed by Mark Farrelly, a physical piece about the English film director and gay rights activist.

Festival Launch night on January 22 features Dungeness by Chris Thompson, directed by Esther Dix. The show will feature a cast of young performers from Hope Mill Theatre School.