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1st February 2013

Must See: 4th – 11th February

What’s on this week in local theatre

The Royal Exchange offers a month long run by young director James Darce.

The Accrington Pals

Based on the 1982 play by Peter Whelan the drama follows a Pals Volunteer Brigade in First World War Britain and the barbaric reality of life in the trenches. Described by The Royal Exchange as an ‘epic and deeply humane play’.

Runs from 17th January to 16th February at The Royal Exchange. Tickets £5.



The Contact Theatre proves it has a lot to offer, starting the year off with a week packed full of performances.

Raw Jam

Running for two lunchtimes these performances offer two community groups a chance to share their experiences. Wednesday sees the University of Manchester LBGTQ society performing a compilation of acoustic music. On Thursday Cheryl Martin and The Lesbian and Gay Foundation explore life as an older member of the LGBT community.

Runs 6th Feb to 7th Feb, 1pm at the Contact. Tickets free.

The Secret Diaries of A Teenage Queer

Drama based on a true story, about dealing with sexuality. The Secret Diaries of A Teenage Queer draws upon 10 years of different teenage diaries, combining a focus on sexuality and life in the 1980’s.

Runs 7th February at the Contact. Tickets £5. 


Combining performances from both Debs Gatenby, with ‘High Anxiety’ and Cheryl Martin, with ‘My Foo-Foo Needs You’, Shortcuts presents a ‘work-in-progress double-bill of queer theatre’ (Contact Theatre).

Runs 7th February, 9pm at the Contact. Tickets £5.

The Polari Mission

Focusing on Polari, a dying language, artists Jez Dolan and Joseph Richardson give a performance in aid of reviving the endangered language.

Runs 9th February at the Contact, 4pm and 5.30 pm. Tickets £3.



This week The Lowry offers a taste of Broadway.


A musical set in Baltimore, Maryland in 1962, this production follows the story of Tract Turnblad and her dreams to dance on television. In doing so it offers a social commentary on 1960s America.

Runs 11th February – 23rd February at The Lowry. Tickets £29 – £46.


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UMMTS once again fails to disappoint. Urinetown, despite its name, is a delight (GASP!)

Hedda review: A misguided imitation of Ibsen’s masterpiece

Contact hosts Here to There Productions’ for a version of Hedda Gabler that is almost as painful as a genuine gunshot wound

My Beautiful Laundrette review: Nationalism, racial tensions, and political turmoil

Lacking a fresh political perspective, entertaining with classic tunes and compelling design, My Beautiful Laundrette takes stage at The Lowry