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Contemporary autumn at The Lowry

Unknown Realms - at the Lowry in November
Unknown Realms - at the Lowry in November

Salford's Lowry has announced its line-up of contemporary theatre shows for the new autumn season.

The selection has been chosen to represent the theatre's "commitment to contemporary performance that surprises, inspires, challenges, and provokes," says Matthew Eames, the Lowry's head of theatres.

The choices include The Cost of Everything, from multi-award-winning game/theatre company Hidden Track. It's an interactive performance/game show for simultaneous live and online players that examines the cost of living crisis by building a new model, live on stage. What would it take to change everything – and what would it cost to stay the same? (September 21-22)

Dance show Unknown Realms (November 10-11) is rooted in African and contemporary culture. Ace Dance and Music collaborates with acclaimed choreographers Serge Aime Coulibaly and Vincent Mantsoe in a piece performed against dynamic soundscapes. Six dancers perform powerful dance that uncovers the rich history of lives lived.

Laura Murphy - A Spectacle of Herself (November 28) serves up Laura in a bold acrobatic odyssey through the frontiers of mental health, queerness, rage and the space race. The show features Murphy's cheeky signature mix of autobiography, lip-sync, video and aerial rope

Time & Again Theatre Company presents Earwig: Marigold’s research into beetles is unparalleled but as a deaf woman in 1927, her work is ignored. The funny show incorporates illustrated projections in the style of 1920s silent movies exploring what it meant to be deaf in the early 20th-Century (September 28-29)

Multi-award-winning ensemble physical theatre company Spies Like Us brings its explosively physical comedy-thriller Speed Dial. After being set a series of puzzles by an ominous caller, a professor must fight to save his missing daughter. It's an explosively physical comedy-thriller set against the spires and sideburns of a 1970s university (October 6).

5 Years by Hayley Davis, presented by Inside Theatre, asks if you would exchange five years of your life for the perfect body, and uses innovative technology to look at how we are bombarded with messages (October 13)

The Death & Life of All of Us comes to The Lowry after a sell-out premiere in London and the Edinburgh Fringe 2023. Mixing documentary film, funny storytelling and live music, Victor Esses explores family secrets, shame, and embracing our imperfections (October 18-19)

Cheeky Little Brown by Nkenna Akunna is a failed night out, a musical, a show about heartbreak and queerness, taking place on a journey through the city Lady calls home (October 20-21).

Gravest Fears: Two Ghost Stories by M R James. The master of the English ghost storywrote many of his best tales to read aloud to friends by candlelight; Robert Lloyd Parry of Nunkie Theatre Company has been keeping the flame lit (October 27).

Aunusthan (January 9-10) is a celebration of neo-classical Indian dance and music. Complex patterns, rigorous choreography, virtuosic performance and riotous rhythms from a cast of talented British Asian dance artists.

Worklight Theatre presents Fanboy (November 9) by award-winning writer-performer Joe Sellman-Leava. Joe has always been a nerd. In his thirties, Joe is still obsessed with Star Wars, Nintendo and The Muppet Christmas Carol, but he’s started to sense something else: a great disturbance in the fandom…

There is lots more in the wide-ranging programme, all of which can be explored here


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