The organisation which has seen the merger between The Library Theatre and Cornerhouse has announced its Autumn season will take place at Number One First Street – a vast contemporary office space which overlooks the company’s new £25m city centre home (which is on schedule to open in Spring next year.)
The first of the three productions in the pop-up space will be a selection of shows from Birmingham’s European Festival (Best of Be) which will take place on the 17th and 18th October. Ticket holder’s will not only get to sample the delights of Hungarian company Radioballet, or the UK’s own comedic physical theatre performer Jamie Wood in Beating McEnroe, they will also enjoy works by Julia Schwarzbach and Mokhallad Rasem and dinner with the performers and fellow audience members is included in the price of the ticket.
Following its premiere at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2013 at the Traverse Theatre, the Actor’s Touring Company bring David Greig’s critically acclaimed play The Events to the space on the 22nd – 25th October. Greig’s play asks us, the audience, just why do terrible things happen? The production will feature a different local choir on each evening alongside its two lead performers Derbhie Crotty and Clifford Samuel.
Taking up the next slot in the short season will be Insomnia: a pas de deux drama for two girls and a piano man. Presented by international dance-theatre company Riotus Company on 6th -7th November – the piece takes a humerous and ironic look at the excuses the performers use to stay awake. The production is sutable for all ages and is accompanied by a live score from award-winning composer Nikola Kodjabashia – who recently composed the music in Home’s recent production of Romeo &Juliet.
The season at Number One First Street will wrap up in January next year when the company continue the tradition of re:play which will see some of the best productions from Manchester’s thriving fringe scene given the opportunity to be reprised and indeed replayed. The festival will run from 12th – 24th January. The selected shows are still yet to be announced.