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Immersive Theatre and Exciting Events in Manchester

Carlie George Hedmann

Long gone are the days when a trip to the theatre meant simply sitting still, the performers stood on the stage in front of you. The fourth wall has been shattered and audiences are increasingly invited to get involved and play their own part in the story. Here are just five performances that offer you something a little different, promising an experience that you and your family won't forget. 

Kneehigh:UBU! at The Lowry 

This January the internationally renowned theatre company Knee High bring their latest production ‘UBU’ to The Lowry. Based on Alfred Jarry's riot-inducing play Ubu Roi, this promenade production is part gig, part stand-up, part game-show, part riot, all satire, with the audience at its heart. Featuring some of the most iconic anthems in music history, singing along is not only allowed, it is encouraged. With Mark Kermode stating that the piece is “...a perfect blend of slapstick, pertinent politics and fist-in-the-air singalong,” this isn’t one to be missed. 

This event takes place 28 January - 1 February 2020, for more information click here

Drag Queen Story Time at Z-arts 

Based in Hulme, Z Arts prides itself on being an arts venue and theatre that caters for young children and families.  It has a range of productions and programmes commissioned for children, giving them a space to get creative and let their imaginations run wild. This January, they are once again running their popular Drag Queen Story Time, in partnership with Black Gold Arts, Contact and STUN. These sessions aim to “inspire a love of reading, while teaching deeper lessons on diversity, self-love and an appreciation of others” and can be enjoyed by children and adults alike. Each session also begins with a hands on arts and crafts session, with the children then using what they have made as the props to tell that day’s story. 

This event takes place 25 January 2020, for more information click here


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The Tiger Who Came to Tea and The Adventures of Mog the Forgetful Cat at Z-arts

“Suddenly there was a ring at the door… The Tiger said, ‘Excuse me, but I’m very hungry. Do you think I could have tea with you?” An infamous little grey cat and hungry Tiger are making their way to Manchester as this February Judith Kerr's books are brought to life in this 3D immersive exhibition. Your children will have the opportunity to interact with their favourite characters; they can sit down with a Tiger for tea, meet Mog the forgetful cat and even find a crocodile under the bed! On the last Friday and Saturday of every month from March there will also be a dedicated relaxed and autism friendly sessions of the exhibition at 10am.

This event takes place 14 February - 31 July 2020, for more information click here

Last Quiz Night on Earth at The Welcome Inn 

This February go and experience 'The Last Quiz Night on Earth' at The Welcome Inn in Salford. Labelled "... a theatre company to watch" by The Stage, following their two sold out tours of 'Chip Shop Chips’, theatre company Box of Tricks brings their new immersive show to Manchester. An asteroid is heading for earth, the apocalypse beckons, yet nothing can stop this quiz. Come and get quizzical alongside Landlady Kathy, Quizmaster Rav and a whole host of other guests in this farcical pre-apocalyptic comedy that will have you chuckling until the end of time... 

This event takes place 11 - 15 February 2020, for more information click here

Zorro at Hope Mill Theatre 

If heroes and villains are more your kind of thing, Zorro arrives at the Hope Mill Theatre this March. Join the infamous masked hero and his friends on this swashbuckling adventure like no other, as the audience join them in their attempt to rescue their town from the grips of its evil, unjust leader. Featuring music by The Gipsy Kings, watch the adventure spill off of the stage, with all of you becoming a part of the story. With live music, flamenco dancing, magic and even a sword fight or two, this production promises to leave you cheering "El Zorro" all the way home!

This event takes place 14 March - 18 April 2020, for more information click here

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