Angels with Manky Faces

There will be a final, one-off performance of the play inspired by The Gangs of Manchester at the Dancehouse theatre in Manchester on Thursday, 15 July. Angels with Manky Faces will be performed by Manchester’s MaD Theatre Company.

Angels with Manky Faces played to packed houses at the Library Theatre and the Dancehouse in 2009. This additional performance is to raise money towards the production costs of MaD’s forthcoming play, Thai Brides and Teacakes.

Angels with Manky Faces features original film sequences set to classic Madchester songs, with cameos by members of The Smiths, the Inspiral Carpets, the Mock Turtles and Twisted Wheel. They appear alongside Manchester actors and DJs, including John Henshaw (Early Doors, Looking for Eric), Graeme Hawley (Coronation Street’s John Stape) and Terry Christian.

For further details, including ticket agencies, see the Dancehouse website.

For a sneak preview, click here for the trailer MaD made for Angels last year. In a new scene, specially written for the final performance, that bugger Bernie finally makes it onto the stage!

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Gangs of Manchester walks from May 2010

Emma Fox will be leading monthly Gangs of Manchester walks from May 2010. Emma is an experienced Manchester tour guide and local history enthusiast. Her first six “scuttlers’ walks” all sold out. The dates of the forthcoming walks are:

Sunday, 29 August at 1pm
Sunday, 26 September at 1pm
Sunday, 31 October at 1pm
Thursday, 25 November at 10.30 am
Thursday, 27 January 2011, at 10.30 am
Sunday, 27 February 2011, at 1 pm
Tuesday, 29 March 2011, at 10.30 am
Saturday, 30 April 2011, at 1 pm.

The walk starts at outside Edwards Shoes, inside Barton Arcade, between St Ann’s Square and Deansgate, and lasts around two hours. It ends in the Marble Arch pub, where signed books will be available for purchase.

For further information call Emma Fox on 07500 774 200 or email showmemanchester@yahoo.co.uk.

To book your place on the walk, please go to http://www.quaytickets.com/?Venue=397
or call 0843 208 0500.

Click on the link below to see the flyer for the first walk:
Gangs of Manchester Flyer-1

Emma’s tour finishes at the Marble Arch on Rochdale Road: one of the locations for the film sequences for Angels with Manky Faces and a stone’s throw from the opening scene of The Gangs of Manchester.

Angels at the Dancehouse

Tickets for the final two performances of Angels with Manky Faces at the Dancehouse theatre in Manchester on Sunday, 8 November are available from ticketline. Performance times are 3.00 pm and 7.00 pm.

Angels with Manky Faces at the Dancehouse Theatre, 6 & 8 November

There will be three performances of Angels with Manky Faces at Manchester’s Dancehouse theatre (opposite the BBC on Oxford Road) in November. Performance times are as follows:

Friday 6 November, 8 p.m.

Sunday 8 November, 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Tickets are priced £10 (£9 concessions). You can buy them in person from the box office at the Dancehouse at the following times: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. You can ring the box office on 0161 237 9753 to reserve tickets; they’ll hold them for you for four days.

Alternatively, from 1 Sept. you can book online via ticketline.

Early booking is advised: the performances at the Library Theatre in August sold-out with a fortnight to go.

For reviews of Angels at the Library, check out the separate page on the play.

Preview of Angels with Manky Faces at the Bluecoat, Liverpool

A special preview of Angels with Manky Faces will be held in the upstairs bar of the Bluecoat, Liverpool, on Wednesday 24 June from 6.30-7.30 p.m. The preview will feature a talk on the historical research that went into The Gangs of Manchester, an introduction to Angels with Manky Faces by script-writers Rob Lees and Jill Hughes, and screenings of two of the film sequences specially made for the play (introduced by MaD film-maker, Paul Cliff). The films feature Clint Boon, Martin Coogan, Phil Beckett – and many more … This is a free event; tickets for the Liverpool performances of Angels with Manky Faces (Unity Theatre, 22-23 July) will be on sale on the night.

Manchester Histories Festival

Andrew Davies is giving a talk based on The Gangs of Manchester as part of the Manchester Histories Festival at Manchester Town Hall on Saturday, 21 March. Andrew’s talk is at 11.30. He will joined by the Manchester-based photographer and film-maker Paul Cliff, who will be projecting photographs of Ancoats street scenes from the 1890s and mug-shots of leading scuttlers. Paul will also show a short, film preview of Angels with Manky Faces – the new stage play inspired by The Gangs of Manchester to be performed by the acclaimed MaD Theatre Company in August 2009.

You can see the full programme for the Manchester Histories Festival, and book free tickets for any of the talks, here.

The first of the gang to die

A big thank you to the blogger at Occupied Country. This made my day, cheers.

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