Next weekend in Manchester is a real biggun and you need to start planning NOW. Here’s something to get you started …
Friday 27th May at the greenroom: Mother’s Ruin
In Time Out’s annual London guide each year, the biog of a London persona is selected to grace the opening pages and thereby indicate the cultural landscape of the capital. Last year that honour went to a young queer performance artist. His name is Scottee. And somebody didn’t love him enough. The bastard offspring of Penny Arcade and Divine David will be in residence at a ‘Pop Up Greasy Spoon’ all afternoon at the greenroom where you can come face to face with this force of queer nature. Make your booking for tea and possible sympathy on 0161 615 0500.
That same evening is given to a celebration of the ‘Cake Tin Foundation’ (give it a second …) in the form of a variety show hosted by the effervescent Timberlina. Highlight for me will be The Smiths: The Musical, performed with puppets and Casios. I shit you not, behold:
That same night I am hotfooting across town to play the opening slot at Clique, more of which soon …
Saturday 28th May: Mother Cares at Contact Theatre
Mrs Barbara Nice
A pristine line-up graces a FREE daytime experience at the Contact Theatre, beginning at 3pm. ‘Creative sessions exploring themes of belonging and home.’ David Hoyle and Barbara Nice are amongst the participants, reason enough to swing by.
The evening event is ticketed and features performances of two self-authored plays concerning coming out, one by aforementioned Scottee, the other by The Fabulous Russella. After you’ve all traded your coming out tales, stick around to celebrate with a special club night, a knees-up soundclash between Bollox (represented by yours truly) and the Sapphic Traffic posse from Leeds.
Sunday 29th May: Listen With Mother at the greenroom
Wind down in acoustic bliss from 3 pm till late with a roster of musicians including the magnificent Owen Duff and new local talent The Speils. Daytime is free, evening is ticketed.
Remember, Manchester is losing the wonderful greenroom to the tragic Arts Council cuts. Come along at the weekend for your last chance to witness what this terrific small venue always did best. Why not treat yourself to a weekend pass, pinball between here and Eurocultured, drink, think, dance, remember and be merry.