DRAMA The MartinHarrisCentre continues to offer the best, young, creative talent a ‘powerful voice in Manchester’. The John Thaw Studio Theatre is a valuable performance space where students make their own independent experiments in theatre – as performers, writers, directors and technicians. Many alumni have acknowledged what an important part these performances played in their creative and intellectual development during their time at university. Venue John Thaw Studio Theatre Times & Dates 7pm, Wednesday 14 February 2018 7pm, Thursday 15 February 2018 7pm, Friday 16 February 2018 Price £7 / £5 / £4 (per single event) University of Manchester Drama Society: Manchester In-Fringe Theatre Awards (MIFTAs) The MIFTAS are a series of 8 plays, whether original or published, that take place during February and March 2018, in theatres across Manchester, including the John Thaw Studio Theatre. This judged season is put together entirely by students, being the writers, directors, producers, actors and designers of all the shows. The opening production will be: Yellow Icing Writer: Rory Calland Director: Ollie Norton-Smith Assistant Director: Elena Brearly Producer: Virginia Saul Harper struggles to appreciate the world in her time; destined to be an explorer perhaps she was born too late and the earth is now shrunken and shrivelled. Around her is only decay, the world is beyond its prime yet people still absurdly cling to existence. Joined by Captain Robert Scott, Harper simply desires to catalogue the animals on her beach, but her family is looming above her. Tickets are available from the Manchester Students’ Union Please call Box Office 0161 275 4278 26 DRAMA
WE WELCOME The MartinHarrisCentre welcomes professional and amateur productions, both international and closer to home, to the heart of Manchester. We host powerful and dynamic productions in our vibrant and exciting performance spaces and reach out to wider audiences with performances in some of the most important venues in the City. Venue John Thaw Studio Theatre Times & Date 7.30pm, Friday 23 February 2018 Price £8 / £5 Public Burning Theatre present Borderland written by James Harker directed by Danielle McIlven When a racist white boxer instinctively defends a young Asian woman in an after-school fight, neither is prepared for the chaos and beauty that follows. Borderland is an urgent gay love story, a cri de cœur against racial segregation. A challenge to liberal and traditional values alike. Suitable for ages 14+ “A provocative love story … filled with biting honesty.” Laura Longworth, Burnley Express www.manchester.ac.uk/mhc 27
The Purcell School holds a UNESCO Mozart Gold Medal in recognition of its unique contribution to music, education and international culture, and in 2016, was made a Fazioli Pianoforti Centre of Excellence.
The School is well-known for nurturing the very best young talent, including three recent BBC Young Musician of the Year winners, Lara Melda (2010), Martin James Bartlett (2014), and Alexandra Ridout (Jazz Award 2016). Pupils regularly win scholarships to the best music colleges in the UK and abroad, and enjoy frequent success in competitions locally, nationally and internationally. Just a few of The Purcell School’s distinguished alumni include Oliver Knussen CBE, Catrin Finch, Nicholas Daniel, Julius Drake, Yevgeny Sudbin, Karim Said, Mica Levi, and Jacob Collier.
‘…it gives me great hope for the future of the music profession when I hear what these young people are capable of’
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Victoria Warehouse is a unique events space and hotel situated between Manchester United Football Club and Mediacity at Salford Quays.
The urban, raw interior of this venue along with its size and situation makes it an ideal backdrop for a wide range of events.
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Firstly, I would like to take this opportunity to wish all
our customers a Happy New Year and thank you for your
continued support which has been overwhelming during
This season is crammed full of our popular tributes and
favourites, kicking-off the Spring is the UK’s No.1 swing
band Jive Aces. Their high energy performance will
certainly have you on your feet wanting to jive the
In February we see the return of LDN Wrestling and in
April come along and see Pasha’s brand new show, “The
Magic of Hollywood” or pop rock group Showaddywaddy.
Following from their successful tours in 2017 we are
pleased to welcome back Bob Drury as Neil Diamond, Katie
Markham with her show-stopping resemblance to music
icon Adele, Rod Stewart tribute - Some Guys have all the
Luck, Dire Straits tribute - Money for Nothing and Irish
favourite Seven Drunken Nights.
We are also excited to bring you a variety of brand new
productions for our theatre. Firstly you can spend an
evening with one of the most famous and charismatic
Jockeys of all-time Frankie Dettori or enjoy an
evening of laughter with legendary comedian
Jimmy Jones. For the music fans, relive the
memory of Cilla Black with an unforgettable
show that journey’s its way through Cilla’s life
and the 60s or sing along to songs like Big Girls
Don’t Cry, Sherry and many more with our new Frankie
Vallie and the Four Seasons tribute Walk
Like a Man.
We certainly have a fantastic treat
for our young audiences with two Easter
productions starting with Easter Bunny Eggs
Factor for the 2-7 year olds. This is followed by our
Easter pantomime Alice in Wonderland which stars Britain’s
Got Talent winner Ashleigh with her dog Sully along with
children’s favourite TV presenter Dave Benson Phillips.
There is also one further star casting still to be announced.
Don’t miss out and book your tickets early to avoid
disappointment and to get the best seats.
We do hope you enjoy our Spring programme and as
always, look forward to welcoming you to our theatre soon.