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INSIDE | Your Guide to The Lowry’s Theatrical Week 53 Festival (Week 2)

The Lowry turned 18 this year, and their annual theatre festival Week 53 returns to challenge convention and celebrate the ‘coming of age’. After a hugely successful first week of powerful performances, events and immersive screenings, The Lowry are kicking off week 2 of their festival.

The festival includes 100 artists and 70 performances that span 12 extraordinary days. Completely owned and ran by The Lowry, they aim to celebrate everything they’re passionate about. It’s 12 days where they can be experimental with their programming as they invite a range of different productions, from fringe to immersive performances.

Check out my guide on how to cover the second week of Week 53…

 

Brighton Rock 2018 Gloria Onitiri as Ida

Brighton Rock, Gloria Onitiri as Ida

 

Wednesday 23 May

MADHOUSE re:exit

1:30pm, 2pm, 2:30pm, 7pm, 7:30pm, 8pm, 8:30pm (1hr45)

Be taken on a journey underground as five learning disabled artists will tear back the walls to their lives in a powerful expression of what it feels like to have a learning disability in today’s world.

Starting at the Barton Arcade, you’re taken on the underground journey leading back to The Lowry.

 

Brighton Rock

2:30pm, 7:30pm (2hr35)

As two seventeen-year-olds, Pinkie and Rose get embroiled in a vicious gang war in Brighton, one brutal murder leads to the next. The police are impassive – but the courageous and life-embracing Ida Arnold wants the truth. Nothing scares her. Whatever the cost, she’ll see justice is done.

Check out my full review of Brighton Rock here, and an interview with the cast here.

 

Talk 53 – Brighton Rock post show talk

5pm

A post show talk exploring the making of this new adaptation of Graham Greene’s Brighton Rock.

 

Nigel Slater’s Toast

7:30pm (2hr30)

Based on the British Book Awards Biography of the Year, ‘Toast’ is the story of Nigel Slater’s childhood, told through the tastes and smells he grew up with. From making the perfect sherry trifle to waging a war over cakes and from the pressured playground politics of sweets to the rigid rules of restaurant dining, this is a story of love, loss and…toast.

 

Late night in The Dock – The Chuggernauts

10pm-12pm

Every evening at Week 53 there will be live music, live DJs and live bands, as well as a specially designed bar, serving their very own specially brewed Week 53 IPA. On Wednesday, Manchester DJ duo The Chuggernauts will be playing a mix of chuggy house and disco.

 

Late Night at the Dock at The Lowry for Week 53

Late Night at the Dock at The Lowry for Week 53

 

Thursday 24 May

Everything I see I Swallow 

6pm (50 minutes)

Using aerial circus, theatre and the ancient Japanese art of shibari, ‘Everything I See I Swallow’ is an aerial examination of a mother and daughter’s sexuality as they ask some of life’s biggest questions.

 

Seven inch

8:30pm (60 mins)

Surrounded by a set built entirely from cartoons, Fat Roland’s one-man show is a hilarious and touching spoken word comedy about music, loneliness and not-quite-teenage kicks.

 

Late Night in The Dock – Uke Punk

Composed of neon, lasers, balloons and confetti, this sickly sweet, excessive and dramatic design invites you to enter a world of youthful energy, play and party. Music from Uke Punk as well as a specially designed bar, serving our very own specially brewed Week 53 IPA.

Also on / Nigel Slater’s Toast 2:30pm & 7:30pm and Brighton Rock 7:30pm

MADHOUSE re:exit at The Lowry for Week 53

MADHOUSE re:exit at The Lowry for Week 53

 

Friday 25 May

MADHOUSE re:exit

1:30pm, 2pm, 2:30pm, 7pm, 7:30pm, 8pm, 8:30pm (1hr45)

Be taken on a journey underground as five learning disabled artists will tear back the walls to their lives in a powerful expression of what it feels like to have a learning disability in today’s world.

Starting at the Barton Arcade, you’re taken on the underground journey leading back to The Lowry.

 

Everything I see I Swallow 

6pm (50 minutes)

Using aerial circus, theatre and the ancient Japanese art of shibari, ‘Everything I See I Swallow’ is an aerial examination of a mother and daughter’s sexuality as they ask some of life’s biggest questions.

 

Brighton Rock

2:30pm & 7:30pm (2hr35)

As two seventeen-year-olds, Pinkie and Rose get embroiled in a vicious gang war in Brighton, one brutal murder leads to the next. The police are impassive – but the courageous and life-embracing Ida Arnold wants the truth. Nothing scares her. Whatever the cost, she’ll see justice is done.

Check out my full review of Brighton Rock here, and an interview with the cast here.

Also on // Seven Inch 8:30pm

 

Nigel Slater's Toast at The Lowry for Week 53

Nigel Slater’s Toast at The Lowry for Week 53

 

Saturday 26 May

Nigel Slater’s Toast

2:30pm (2hr30)

Based on the British Book Awards Biography of the Year, ‘Toast’ is the story of Nigel Slater’s childhood, told through the tastes and smells he grew up with. From making the perfect sherry trifle to waging a war over cakes and from the pressured playground politics of sweets to the rigid rules of restaurant dining, this is a story of love, loss and…toast.

Talk 53 – Nigel Slater’s Toast post-show talk

5pm

Dancing robots. Dancing children, Dancing adults. Children and a grown-up couple engage in a zero gravity slow-moving dance on a luminous stage, by their side, robots that look like skeletons join the dance.

 

Teentalitarianism: Dare Night

8:30pm (2hrs)

The Lowry’s Teentalitarianism project are a series of ‘social-specific’ performances that invite an adult audience to enter a very different world, where the tables are turned and the teens are in charge. Mammalian Diving Reflex will workw with a group of teenagers to create a series of performances, events and interventions that will take over an area of Salford.

Conjured up by Nerupa Somasale, Mammalian Diving Reflex and teens from Salford, Dare Night will challenge you to commit the unthinkable: breach the unspoken laws of public etiquette and execute a series of hilarious, exhilarating and shocking dares. ‘Dare Night’ transforms the foreign to the familiar by exploring the power of risk and trust. It encourages all of us to open up to each other, even if it’s only for one night. Be brave! Be fearless! And be there! We dare you.

 

Late Night in The Dock

10pm-12am

Composed of neon, lasers, balloons and confetti, this sickly sweet, excessive and dramatic design invites you to enter a world of youthful energy, play and party. Music from Massimo Centi as well as a specially designed bar, serving our very own specially brewed Week 53 IPA.

Also on /  Brighton Rock 7:30pm

 

Dökk at The Lowry for Week 53

Dökk at The Lowry for Week 53

 

Sunday 27 May

Dökk

8pm (60mins)

Dökk’ is a journey through the subconscious mind, where reality is represented by worlds and universes that take form and dissolve within the mind, as it constantly seeks a balance between light and darkness.

 

Kiri Pritchard McClean: Appropriate Adult

8pm (60 mins)

Chortle Award nominee Kiri thinks the world revolves around her, but she didn’t let that stop her wishing to mentor vulnerable kids. Consequently, she’s going to be extremely careful what she wishes for in future. An immoral comedian’s morality tale about other people’s lack of morals.

 

Late Night in The Dock

10pm-12am

The Lowry’s late night festival hub. Composed of neon, lasers, balloons and confetti, this sickly sweet, excessive and dramatic design invites you to enter a world of youthful energy, play and party. Each night will include music, live DJs and live bands as well as a specially designed bar, serving our very own specially brewed Week 53 IPA.

Also on // Nigel Slater’s Toast 2:30pm & 7:30pm

 

Hacked On Classics at The Lowry for Week 53

Hacked On Classics at The Lowry for Week 53

 

Monday 28 May

Hacked on Classics

3pm, 7pm

‘Hacked On Classics’ unravels all the geeky details about how your favourite retro gadgets work, including Nintendo light guns, Casio keyboards and the cathode ray tube televisions that once dominated our living rooms.
Join BAFTA winning artist, coder, laserist and full-time geek Seb Lee-Delisle in this celebration of pioneering technology. Watch him tear down 8-bit gadgets and drag them into the 21st century using super-bright LEDs and lasers.

 

Late Night in The Dock

10pm-12am

The Lowry’s late night festival hub kicking off their final party of the festival. Composed of neon, lasers, balloons and confetti, this sickly sweet, excessive and dramatic design invites you to enter a world of youthful energy, play and party.

Each night will include music, live DJs and live bands as well as a specially designed bar, serving our very own specially brewed Week 53 IPA.

Also on // Nigel Slater’s Toast 2:30pm & 7:30pm

 

All tickets for Week 53 are either free, £10 or £20. Also, at least 53 ‘Pay What You Decide’ tickets have been released for all Week 53 shows!

Find all information on the festival and tickets on The Lowry’s website here.

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