Beanpole lunatic stand-up exploring his Nan's decision to allow him to watch Crimewatch aged six, and his family's mentoring that leads to him being implicated as a serial killer. There's post-truth, pre-truth, alternative facts and a lot of vitriol about wheelie suitcases.
11th July £7 60mins
A fast-paced improvised comedy show based on your suggestions - expect ridiculous impersonations, cutting edge Disney satire, dodgy accents and terrible puns, plus a smattering of sketches and stand up for the perfect comedy pick n’mix.
“Talented performers with an eye for the absurd” – RemoteGoat
“Masters of every style” – edfringereview.com
£5(4) 90mins 22nd July
Bleeding with Mother is a black comedy featuring a family gathered around their mum’s coffin on the night before her funeral. Regrets, unresolved family squabbles, nosey neighbours, sibling rivalry, henpecked husbands, a treasure trove and even a séance feature in this kitchen sink play written by northern playwright Sarah Cassidy.
£9(7) 60mins 4th, 5th & 6th July
Cheeky Peacocks take you on a journey into the conversations of modern day Manchester. From the bickering old couple at the front to the mischievous youngsters at the back, travel with Kev on his daily round from the Airport to Piccadilly, as he battles to keep his old bus running until the final stop.
21st & 22nd July £10(8) 60mins
A grand new contemporary adaptation of Mozart’s opera The Marriage Of Figaro, blending the timeless classical story with modern pop, electronica and Kim Kardashian. A biting satire of the high/low cultural divide and the melodrama of love in art. “ remarkably imaginative and lovingly constructed piece of theatre” Cherwell.
3rd, 4th, 10th, 11th, 15th, 16th & 17th July £10(8) 90mins
A new comedy play following King Richard III as he tries to stop a curse and protect his nephews from danger. Sound simple? Think again. From witches, human birds, French kings, policemen, murderers, salesmen, lizards, 35 characters and 3 actors. Richard’s journey won’t be easy but it will be entertaining.
5th & 6th July £8(6) 60mins
In a brilliant translation by Rory Bremner, ‘A Respectable Wedding’ will make you laugh out loud and cringe with embarrassment. Just like your average wedding.
The father-of-the-bride won’t stop talking. The sister won’t stop flirting. And as for the poor bride…
Come and mingle with the guests from hell at this reception to remember.
10th, 11th & 12th July £10(8) 60mins
She's back! The best thing to come out of Liverpool since the Superlambanana - 17 year old Kate and her imaginary friend Mabel with brand new material and an extended show. Same old potty mouth, new smash hits from the musicals. Join Kate on her struggles with social-media, growing up and teenage-dom. Messy! Musical theatre, stand-up and a play, all mixed together in a smorgasbord of chaos!
'PAY WHAT YOU FEEL' PERFORMANCE ON THURSDAY 13th
£7 90mins 12th, 13th & 14th, 15th July
Supported by Stephen Fry and Judi Dench and funded by ArtsCouncil England, PurpleCoat return to the Fringe after their 2016 sell-out King Lear. The Homecoming is a revival of their 5 Star, 2013 production.
'Harold Pinter's greatest play' is the bleak and comic story of a visit by Teddy and his wife to his father's domineering East End family home.
£10(8) 120mins 12th, 13th, 14th & 15th July
A love affair with a pigeon, a shakedown with Mark Twain, an electrical revolution. This genre-bent, cross-experimental play launches two scientific giants into a new light: Nikola Tesla the troubled genius/fallen inventor, and Thomas Edison the famous inventor/infamous f*ckboi.
13th, 14th, 15th & 16th July £7(5) 60mins
Emma's still trying to reach her goals, she's still not a size 10 and being content? Pfft. Fitting in? Forget it.... This tit says all the wrong things, blows opportunities and each year she looks at the mess she's created. Emma has now embraced her “tragic streak” and is creating a show to empower the "inner loser" ... if there is one good thing to come out of Emma’s life it’s knowing you’re not alone in being one big MESS because let’s face it no one is perfect, right?
£7 60mins 15th July
Brutally funny storytelling show from Canadian comedian Katharine Ferns (MTV, ichannel) is a comedic journey about learning to laugh at the visible and invisible scars of surviving mental illness, domestic violence, drug addiction plus some feminism for comic relief.
14th & 16th July £8(6) 60mins
Disturbed by recurring bad dreams, Lucy calls upon Captain
Moth, an imaginary superhero, to keep the darkness at bay.
When he turns out to be a nervous wreck who is afraid of her
night light, she is forced to venture into the shadows so they
can face their fears together.
£7(5) 50mins 16th July
In a dystopian landscape, our Character fights against his Creator to forge a new world from the chaos, in a modern re-telling of the fall of man. Brave New World meets Paradise Lost in this unique one-person show that takes a poetically poignant look at our society, politics, and humanity.
16th & 17th July £8 60mins
The Loves of Others is a dark comedy about romance, pretence and love, all told through the lives of three thirty something couples.
Leanne hosts a dinner party and is keen to prove she has the perfect relationship with Max. Can a game of Mr and Mrs really prove who is the most in love or will it reveal the cracks in their relationships they all try to hide? A modern, northern Abigail's Party.
£9(7) 90mins 18th, 19th, 20th, 21st & 22nd July
When people enter relationships, they believe that they will endure - last forever. But often, forever changes and life has a habit of throwing spokes into the wheels that guide our dreams. ‘Forever Changes’ not only shows the repercussions of domestic abuse on the perpetrators and survivors, but the impact on friends and family around them.
17th, 18, 19th, 20th, 21st & 22nd July £12(10) 60mins
In prison, where choice is restricted and control is enforced, change seems impossible. When Dani goes to prison counselling she is reluctant to communicate with her counsellor, Heather. Heather introduces Dani to matchstick modelling. Inspired by a true story, Matchsticks provides an insight into the often misunderstood
lives of prison inmates.
£7 (5) 60mins 18th & 19th July
Improv Comedy Show (For Grown Ups) is the adults only improv night from the team behind family friendly hit ComedySportz Manchester. The group, now in their 15th year, promise a night of fast and furious gags, games and songs weaved into comedy gold from your suggestions. If you liked classic shows like 'Whose Line Is It Anyway?" then you'll love this!
20th July FREE 60mins
Andrea keeps getting asked if she’s ashamed.
Ashamed of what she did to the soldier.
Of what she did to the baby.
But Andrea’s not ashamed at all.
And she wants to tell you why…
"A perfect fringe production" British Theatre Guide
"A Masterpiece'' London Pub Theatres
'PAY WHAT YOU FEEL' PERFORMANCE ON THURS 20th
£7 80mins 20th, 21st & 22nd July
An Afternoon of Sacred Music and Words
celebrating Inner Sacred Marriage ‘When Two Become One’
Captivating, authentic, music from many traditions and styles.
23rd July £10(7) 120mins
Marlon's a Jew. This didn't bother him much until he realised that some people he knew didn't believe the Holocaust happened. From 9/11 to shape-shifting lizards and Holocaust denial, this is a darkly comic tale of one man's journey through the conspiracy underworld. Marlon examines why conspiracy theories are more popular than ever and how fake news gives fresh currency to ancient slander. A comic tale which is no laughing matter.
£6(4) 60mins 23rd July
Dartford Crossing. Midnight. Roland supervises the toll; Andrea’s pretty sure she’s come to kill herself. Two strangers on a bridge in the dead of night, a game of dominoes, and a ready meal – this is a story of humanity, desperation and hope.
Rogue Bones present Free Fall by Vinay Patel.
24th, 25th & 26th July £8(5) 60mins
Donna Duncan is Queen of Reality TV but close companion Beth and her mother -The Lady - want the title. - The only problem is that Donna still holds the crown.
And Beth is just one step away from fame ...
25th & 26th July
What happens when you put five phobics in a room on a Tuesday night in Bolton? An hilarious and sometimes moving romp through the trials and tribulations of, perhaps a slice of society today. Steve tries his hardest to hold the meeting together as it descends into a farcical episode proving just why it's never a good idea to run these groups without professionals!
'This is writing at its best: unpretentious and real' - North West End
25th, 26th, 27th, 28th & 29th July £7 50mins
This July, Play With Fire Productions present a powerful double bill. Act One: Contractions, an ink-black comedy from Mike Bartlett about work and play, directed by Sam Redway. The second, North of Providence, a painful domestic crisis between brother and sister, uncovering old wounds on the last day of their fathers’ life, directed by Daniel Bradford.
£8 60mins 26th, 27th, 28th & 29th July
The Kings, from nearby America, are moving into a
newly-acquired property in Scotland. Specifically, rural Scotland. Specifically specifically, remote rural Scotland. Rumours surround the mysterious mansion and its
blood-drenched past, and the locals aren't keen on the new arrivals either. But all the Kings want is a nice, quiet, relatively murder-free area to settle down and forget the problems they've left behind. Simple enough, right? Wrong.
27th July FREE 60mins
Frankie is 8 and doesn't like practicing the guitar. One day Frankie discovers a magical musical world in a forgotten attic. Frankie meets instruments from around the world, who help to deal with life's problems. For humans aged 4+, this interactive diverse musical will have all the family joining in!
28th July £10(8) *Under 18 months FREE* 50mins
Inspired by 1984's Kerry Babies scandal. A dark, comic take on a time in Ireland when Bishop Joseph Cassidy said "the most dangerous place to be... is in the mother's womb"
'Nuanced and compelling performance.' ***** Fringe Guru. 'A funny, life-affirming piece that bristles with humanity.' ***** The Argus
Argus Angel Award for Outstanding Theatre 2016
£8(7) 60mins 29th & 30th July
Back in 1986 Esther Rantzon launched Childline and a staggering 50,000 children jammed the phone lines. An 11 year old ballet dancer went to the phone box - but couldn't say the words. Instead she danced, sang and acted her way through the pain for another 30 years before finally telling the world her secret - in the only way she can. On stage.
£7(5) 60mins 6th July
The show is inspired by Hetty King (an emblematic, 20th century drag king), which embraces women making connections across stages, in time. With song, music, and a bit of comedy, it is a story intertwining family secrets with the history of male impersonation.
‘Beautifully acted, sensitively directed’****(Fringe Guru)
£9.50(8) 60mins 27th, 28th & 29th July
'The Agency' - the first play written by John Tueart. Guy, the ex-actor believed setting up his own co-op agency was a great idea. How wrong he was. Watch him blindly
fail to control his dysfunctional family. A fun look at the acting world with
tongue firmly in cheek.
£7 80mins 3rd, 4th & 5th July
Every Wednesday we'll be asking 6 acts from within the arches at 53two to showcase their work; stand-up, drama, sketch....who knows! Just head down for 7:30, grab a beer
and check out what's on offer for the week...for FREE!!
Every now and again, head down to the arches for some free theatre! A different show every time Free to enter, the acts pay nothing for the space...all they ask is that on the way out you pay what you feel it was worth! Look out for the yellow ticket!