After a cold, wet week which began with “Blue Monday” – supposedly the most miserable day of the year – the weekend is now, thankfully, tantalisingly close. With the weather still looking a bit sketchy over the next 48 hours, it’s a good job that there’s plenty of top-quality indoor activities happening around Manchester this weekend including cinema, circus, theatre and an intriguing live performance entitled “SpaceTime Helix.”
Today, 7.30pm The Plaza, Stockport
Stockport Plaza was opened in 1932, during the golden age of cinema, serving thousands of patrons who used the glitz and glamour of the picturehouse as an affordable means of escaping the rigours of life in an industrial Northern town. Today, on top of a varied programme of live comedy, music and theatre, The Plaza remains true to it’s cinematic roots and regularly screens modern blockbusters along with a selection of old classics.
Victoria and Abdul (2017) tells the extraordinary true story of an unexpected friendship between Queen Victoria (Judi Dench) and Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal), a young clerk who travels from India to participate in the Queen’s Golden Jubilee. As the Queen questions the constrictions of her long-held position, the two forge an unlikely and devoted alliance with a loyalty to one another that her household and inner circle all attempt to destroy.
Tickets for a second chance to see one of lat year’s most acclaimed films in the wonderful art-deco atmosphere of The Plaza are available here.
Today, 8pm The Studio, The Lowry, Salford.
Always the best place to catch new and exciting theatre, The Lowry’s studio will tonight showcase Finding Alice, a play by Emma Hinds selected from over 200-script submissions to be Manchester ADP’s first full-length production.
In Belgium, 1918, Audrey, Camille and Ida are three cell mates under interrogation by their prison officer, Himmel. Their crime? Being part of the illicit spy network run by the elusive Alice Dubois, whom Himmel is desperate to catch. What lengths will he go to to find her and what measures will the inmates take to protect themselves?
Today, 7pm. Saturday 2pm & 7pm Lyric Theatre, The Lowry, Salford
We don’t often see circus shows in The Lowry’s massive Lyric Theatre but there is nowhere else big enough to accommodate the jaw-droppong scale of Air Play!
The show is a circus-style adventure of two siblings journeying through a surreal land of air, transforming the ordinary into objects of uncommon beauty. Flying umbrellas, larger-than-life balloons, and giant kites will be floating over the audience, and the biggest snow globe you’ve ever seen will make you gasp in wonder and laugh until it hurts.
The creation of husband & wife team Seth Bloom and Christina Gelsone is like nothing you will have seen before and is the perfect treat for the whole family.
Saturday, 8pm The Plaza, Stockport
Hilarious housewife Barbara Nice (comedy creation of Janice Connolly, star of Coronation Street, Thin Ice and Phoenix Nights) is a cult favourite in the North West. After a triumphant Christmas show in Salford, Nice is heading out on a national tour in 2018 with brand new show Raffle!. A show at the magnificently-restored art deco Plaza is a fitting start and something of a homecoming gig for Barbara/Janice, who was born in Stockport.
Raffle! is a playful, life-affirming show for all the family (14+), where each admission includes a raffle ticket offering the chance to win a prize off Barbara’s table.
Sunday, 7pm The Plaza, Stockport
Sunday evening sees another fantastic film grace the screen of the historic Stockport Plaza and this time it’s a 35mm screening of one of the most influential films of all time. Blow-Up (1966) is the first English-language film produced by Italian maestro director Michelangelo Antonioni, perfectly capturing a cultural revolution encompassing sex, drugs, fashion and, of course rock’n’roll.
Set in London at the height of the “Swinging Sixties,” the film follows a hip, egocentric fashion photographer (David Hemmings) who discovers that he might have unwittingly captured a murder whilst taking pictures of two strangers in the park. His obsessive investigations lead him stumbling into a web of intrigue and conspiracy that runs through a dark vision of swinging London.
Saturday, 8pm Quays Theatre, The Lowry, Salford
For something completely different, head down to The Lowry tomorrow evening for SpaceTime Helix, a live performance of the unexpected in the intimate Quays theatre.
The artist Michela Pelusio and an invited electronic sound artists produce a mesmerising 10-meter high spinning wave using a opto-acoustic instrument. Its surface is bright and transparent, with waves running over it, disappearing into the future, more and more distant in space-time.
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Have a great weekend!