Just as one would expect of October, the arts yield in Manchester this month is a tantalizing combination of the weird and the wonderful, the bizarre and the sublime. Take a look at what’s on offer below:
“Bloomin’ Hell”; A Ghost Tour at The King’s Arms
(Multiple performances 25th – 27th October)
Who can resist a few spooky goings-on as October draws to a close?
This local boozer-slash-fringe theatre venue boasts a vivid history which will be brought to gory life in a site-specific performance that will be hard to forget! Entrust your fate into the hands of nine actors as they guide their audiences around the darkened hallways, accompanied by a live underscore and who knows how many invisible souls?
Box office: 0161 839 8729 – www.kingsarmssalford.com
Rambert’s The Castaways at The Lowry Centre
(9th – 11th October)
Highly acclaimed, ever-fresh and inventive dance company Rambert is presenting its newest venture, which combines four stunning contrasting pieces, from their take on the once controversial Après-midi D’un Faune to the title piece, set against an aural backdrop of Yiddish and popular American music.
Box office: 0843 208 6000 – www.thelowry.com
Meet the Artist: Keith Proctor at Castle Galleries
Meet the man who captures the uplifting innocence of childhood like no-one else. Many of his works, which project a masterful observation of human anatomy, movement and lighting against dappled, dreamlike backgrounds, are currently on sale at Castle Galleries, but their creator himself will be present for one day only.
Further information: 0121 655 0003 – www.castlegalleries.com
Mahler’s Companions at The Bridgewater Hall
Led by lauded Austrian conductor HK Gruber and featuring soprano Lucy Hall, the ever-popular BBC Philharmonic is plunging into the depths of new works created to accompany the legendary symphonies of Gustav Mahler. Expect wrenchingly beautiful conflicting highs and lows as these four pieces breathe a new life into the writing of this powerful romantic composer.
Box office: 0844 907 9000 – www.bridgewater-hall.co.uk
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Radio Show…Live! at the Manchester Opera House
(8th & 9th October)
Take the rare opportunity to witness a live production of Douglas Adams’ absolutely bonkers sci-fi comedy series. With Red Dwarf’s Danny John-Jules as the voice of the book on the 8th and comedienne Shappi Khorsandi taking over on the 9th, along with appearances from members of the original cast, The Hitchhiker’s Guide promises a night of top-notch British humour with a multitude of special effects and music provided by a live band.
by Caroline Lamb