‘Delightful. An inspired piece of theatre’
Aria Entertainment and WEF Productions join forces with The Lowry to bring the critically acclaimed live production of C-O-N-T-A-C-T, to two new outdoor locations in Salford and Manchester from May 2021.
A young woman sits alone on a park bench, lost in her own thoughts. What is she thinking? Dive into her mind in this unique sensory and immersive theatre experience.
After taking the streets of Paris and London by storm with sell-out performances, C-O-N-T-A-C-T now journeys north to the streets of Salford and Manchester.
Become totally immersed in the world of our characters for 50 remarkable minutes, as you plug into this joyous, poetic and liberating experience, literally. Delivered via an app created especially for this exciting new show, you will be swept-away by state-of- the-art 3D sound design as you use your smartphone and headphones to navigate the performance. Walk the path with the performers and share their sensations and thoughts, as the action unfolds before your eyes.
This ‘charming’ (Time Out), ‘gripping’ (The Guardian) and ‘magical’ (The Arts Desk) production pushes the boundaries of what live theatre can achieve, allowing us to redefine what ‘performance’ means to us, and ultimately encouraging us to fall in love with theatre all over again.
‘A tantalising vision of a new kind of theatre’
Limited outdoor season in Salford and Manchester from 18th May for 6 weeks only. Limited spaces available, book now!
Slung Low and Freedom Studios Present
15 Minutes Live
Recorded Live at The Holbeck
“Real event theatre. A perfect Saturday afternoon.” The Yorkshire Post.
15 Minutes Live is an afternoon of brand new short plays written for radio and recorded with a live audience. It brings together original plays from some of the most exciting writers in Yorkshire and across the country, with on-stage sound effects, audience participation and live music woven into the performance. You’ll be guided through a riotous afternoon by our lively compere.
Slung Low have been running 15 Minutes Live for many years and this time have partnered with Bradford based Freedom Studios to commission six playwrights to write an original short play, to be recorded in front of a live audience at The Holbeck.
The writers are Aina J Khan, London-based journalist, writer, playwright and International Fellow at the New York Times; Ben Tagoe, BAFTA nominated writer for Film, Television and Theatre (including When We Were Brothers for Freedom Studios); Claire-Marie Seddon, a Leeds based Actor-Musician, Musical Director and new writing talent; Tom Wells, a Hull-based playwright and Associate Artist of Middle Child; Rani Moorthy, writer, performer and artistic director of Rasa Productions Ltd.; and Ray Sesay, Actor and workshop facilitator.
All of the plays will be recorded on the afternoon and made available for free download from the Slung Low website shortly after.
Age Suitability: 12+ Adult themes
Running time: 3 hours including intervals
About The Holbeck
The Holbeck is a community club that welcomes everyone, run by Slung Low.
Our address is The Holbeck, Jenkinson Lawn, Holbeck, LS11 9QX
This show is “Pay What You Decide” - you decide how much to pay after you have taken part.
The show has a limited capacity, so if you change your mind before the event, please let us know by emailing email@example.com to ensure we don’t turn others away unnecessarily.
Please note that this event will be in accordance with the social distancing requirements.
There is a ramp to access the building and a stairlift to the first floor, where the performance will take place. However, there is no lift. This is a priority for us and is currently being addressed. We apologise if this affects us being able to welcome you at this time.
If you would like to discuss your access requirements, don’t hesitate to give us a call on 07305 155698.
The street immediately around the club is permit-holders only but there’s permit-free parking on Holbeck Moor Road, which is the road that runs alongside the park just down the road.
Roy Grace is back as the thrilling work of multi-million No.1 best-selling author Peter James comes to The Lowry with the world premiere stage production of Looking Good Dead.
No good deed goes unpunished…hours after picking up a USB memory stick, left behind on a train seat, to try to return it to its owner, Tom Bryce inadvertently becomes a witness to a vicious murder. Reporting the crime to the police has disastrous consequences, placing him and his family in grave danger. When Detective Superintendent Roy Grace becomes involved, he has his own demons to contend with, while he tries to crack the case in time to save the Bryce family’s lives.
From the producer of recent Lowry stage hits, Band of Gold and The Girl On The Train and adapted by award winning writer Shaun McKenna, Looking Good Dead will keep you on the edge of your seat until the chilling final moments!
Don't miss your chance to see the world premiere tour of Peter James' gripping new play.
Kenny Wax Ltd & Stage Presence Ltd present A Mischief Theatre Production
The Play That Goes Wrong
RETURNING FOR YET ANOTHER CALAMITOUS RUN!
We can’t believe it either!
Mischief Theatre’s multi award-winning international smash hit comedy The Play That Goes Wrong is returning to The Lowry, following its sell-out success in 2017.
The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society are putting on a 1920s murder mystery, but as the title suggests, everything that can go wrong… does! As the accident prone thesps battle on against all the odds to reach their final curtain call, hilarious results ensue!
Hailed “a gut-busting hit” by the New York Times, The Play That Goes Wrong, now in its sixth year in the West End, has won a host of celebrity endorsements from the likes of Joanna Lumley “We laughed until the tears ran down our faces, it has to be seen” to Ant & Dec “The funniest show we’ve seen! If you can get a ticket, go!”
Don’t miss this brilliantly funny comedy that’s guaranteed to leave you aching with laughter!
‘I FEARED I WAS GOING TO HYPERVENTILATE’
The Daily Mail
BOY, DOES IT HIT THE FUNNY BONE’
The Daily Telegraph
‘EXQUISITELY CHOREOGRAPHED MAYHEM’
‘A TRIUMPH OF SPLIT-SECOND TIMING’
David Pugh, Told by an Idiot and Theatre Royal Bath Productions present
CHARLIE AND STAN
Written and Directed by Paul Hunter
In 1910, the then unknown Charlie Chaplin and Stan Laurel set sail onboard a tramp steamer from Liverpool to New York as part of Fred Karno’s famous music hall troupe. On the voyage, they shared a cabin, they shared comedy routines and they shared laughter but by the end of the journey they had drifted apart...yet they would both go on to become the biggest stars of the age.
Inspired by real life events, Told by an Idiot’s acclaimed production of Charlie and Stan is the remarkable story of the greatest comedy double act that nearly was. With an original piano score played live every night, Charlie and Stan is a hilarious and deeply moving homage to two men who changed the world of comedy forever.
Told by an Idiot have garnered critical acclaim and devoted audiences worldwide for their wonderfully theatrical shows. With Charlie and Stan they have uncovered a hidden and poignant chapter of comedy history shining an unusual light on a pair of show business legends.
This “blissful entertainment” (Daily Telegraph) is coming to CITY prior to London’s glittering West End.
“Invention stuffed and music crammed.
A glimpse of the double that could have been in this silly, sublime treat”
“Seldom less than magical”
A riotous masterclass in storytelling”
Originally produced by Told by an Idiot and Theatre Royal Plymouth, in association with Royal and Derngate Northampton and Unity Theatre Liverpool
Eastern Angles and Matthew Linley Creative Projects in association with the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough
THE BALLAD OF MARIA MARTEN
By Beth Flintoff
Directed by Hal Chambers
A thrilling retelling of a real-life murder mystery…
(for East Anglian venues - A thrilling retelling of Suffolk’s real-life murder mystery…)
Summer, 1827. In a red barn Maria Marten awaits her lover. A year later her body is found under the floor of the barn in a grain sack, barely identifiable, and the manhunt begins.
Maria’s story sent shock waves throughout the country. The Red Barn Murder (as it became known) was national news, inspiring writers and filmmakers down the ages. The sort of gruesome tale that had all the hallmarks of a classic crime drama – a missing body, a country location, a disreputable squire and a village stuck in its age-old traditions.
But in all this hysteria Maria’s own story gets lost. Until now. Hal Chambers and Beth Flintoff’s spine-tingling retelling rediscovers her story, bringing it back to vivid, urgent life.
'Rich and transporting' ★★★★ The Stage
‘Flintoff restores dignity to Maria…unexpectedly joyous’ ★★★★ The Guardian
‘It is vital, layered and empowered, a beautiful piece of theatre’ ★★★★ A Younger Theatre
‘Superbly staged’ British Theatre Guide
‘A thrilling and poignant retelling’ Grapevine Live
‘Extraordinary, brilliant and powerful’ ★★★★★ Charles Hutch Press
‘One of the best theatre experiences of the year.’ East Anglian Daily Times
‘Maria Marten is reborn in stunning show’ Ipswich Star
‘Barnstorming’ Yorkshire Times
‘This is a gem of a production’ On Yorkshire Magazine
Age guidance 12+
PULSE RECORDS LIMITED in association with BILL ELMS presents
“A big sweeping story of real emotion!”
THE UK PREMIERE TOUR OF
BY THE WATERS OF LIVERPOOL
Adapted by ROB FENNAH / Directed by GARETH TUDOR PRICE
FEATURING ASTAR-STUDDED CAST FROM STAGE AND SCREEN
Mark Moraghan, SianReeves, Parry Glasspool, Lucy Dixon & Eric Potts
join Lynn Francis, Danny O'Brien, Roy Carruthers and Chloe McDonald.
Adapted from Helen Forrester’s million-selling book, By The Waters Of Liverpool is a stunning period drama set in the 1930s. The story opens in 1935. Helen is sixteen years old and fighting a bitter battle with her parents for the right to educate herself and go out to work. During the Great Depression, Helen’s father lost his fortune when the stock market crashed and the family were suddenly thrown into poverty. Leaving behind the nannies, servants and comfortable middle-class life in the South West of England, the Forrester’s chose Liverpool as the place to start over. They were in for a terrible shock. Taken out of school to care for her younger brothers and sisters while her parents struggled to re-build their shattered lives, Helen is treated as an unpaid slave and desperate to escape. By 1939, now aged twenty and with Britain on the brink of war, she has still never been kissed by a man. But things start looking up for Helen when she meets a tall strong seaman and falls in love.
“By The Waters Of Liverpool also features flashbacks to Helen’s earlier books Liverpool Miss and Twopence To Cross The Mersey. I’ve even weaved in a storyline from Helen’s fourth autobiography, Lime Street At Two. That way those unfamiliar with Helen’s work still get a complete picture of her life”.
Rob Fennah ~ Playwright and friend of Helen Forrester.
Fully authorised by the Helen Forrester estate.
(Cast subject to change)
THE GENRE-DEFINING THRILLER FOR ALL TIME.
Can you ever get away with the perfect crime?
A brand-new production of the blueprint for the modern thriller, Dial M for Murder is back.
TV and Stage favourite, Tom Chambers, (Top Hat, Strictly) stars as the charismatic and manipulative Tony Wendice, a jaded ex-tennis pro who has given it all up for his wife Sheila. When he discovers she has been unfaithful his mind turns to revenge and the pursuit of the ‘perfect crime’.
Made famous by Alfred Hitchcock’s world-renowned film of 1950, the iconic Dial M for Murder will leave you spellbound as Tony becomes more tangled in the web of his own making. The ultimate masterclass in suspense is guaranteed to entwine you with its spine-chilling twists and turns.
Dial M for Murder is the definitive seat gripping drama that is not the be missed!
We are off to see… A wizardly wonderful Musical Pantomime adventure, The Wizard of Oz!
Join Dorothy Gale as she befriends a brainless Scarecrow, a loveable Tin Man and the cowardly Lion on their quest to thwart the evil powers of the Wicked Witch of the West. With a little help from Glinda the Good Fairy and the almighty and powerful Wizard of Oz, good is sure to conquer evil.
Featuring an all-star cast to be announced, this Easter treat is fun for all the family from ages 2 to 102! Packed with great songs, brilliant dance routines and plenty of laughter, it’s going to be the best value family-friendly pantomime in town!
Book now and join us on a magical adventure to the Land of Oz
The Yorkshire moors tell an epic story of love, revenge and redemption.
Rescued from the Liverpool docks as a child, Heathcliff is adopted by the Earnshaws and taken to live at Wuthering Heights. He finds a kindred spirit in Catherine Earnshaw and a fierce love ignites. When forced apart, a brutal chain of events is unleashed.
Shot through with music, dance, passion and hope, Emma Rice (Romantics Anonymous, Wise Children, Brief Encounter) transforms Emily Brontë’s masterpiece into a powerful and uniquely theatrical experience.
Lucy McCormick (Post Popular) leads the company of performers and musicians in this intoxicating revenge tragedy for our time.
“I am Heathcliff! Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.”