Angels with Manky Faces

MaD Theatre Company’s production, Angels with Manky Faces, now opens at the Library Theatre in Manchester on 17 August. Five performances were originally scheduled (19-22 August). These have all sold-out; extra nights have been added on Monday 17th and Tuesday 18th. There are a few tickets left at the time of writing, so if you’d like to come along give the box office a call: 0161 236 7110.

The first two performances – at Liverpool’s Unity theatre on 22-23 July – went down a storm. The cast performed to packed houses both nights, and everyone was delighted with the warmth of the response. A few people suggested it was a risky move to open a production by a community theatre company from Manchester in Liverpool. Not at all: the issues raised in Angels resonate in both cities and MaD’s mix of tragedy and comedy clearly struck a chord with Liverpool audiences. We hope that future productions will likewise be previewed at the Unity, whose staff were a pleasure to work with.

Angels is generating a fair bit of media interest. Karl Marginson, manager of FC United of Manchester, discussed the club’s contribution to the production on Talksport on 24 July. Margy appears in one of the scenes filmed for Angels by Paul Cliff, along with FCUM captain Dave Chadwick, goalkeeper Sam Ashton, and a host of the club’s junior players and supporters. FCUM followers should keep an eye out for a hilarious cameo by Vinny Thompson. Vinny’s making a habit of this kind of thing, having recently done a cameo in Looking for Eric.

Actor Christian Bradley previewed Angels on Dotun Adebayo’s late-night show on Radio 5 Live on 1 August, but managed to get the title wrong: Angels with Monkey Faces indeed! Cheers for the heads-up, Christian, but you’ll need to learn your lines properly if you want to work with MaD …

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