To celebrate Manchester Literature Festival opening in venues across the city next week, we wanted to celebrate some of the great authors whose writing has been adapted for performance on The Lowry stage. Children’s favourites, modern classics, award-winning stories and the shapers of contemporary writing is transformed from great literature into dynamic and compelling theatre at The Lowry this Autumn.
A Clockwork Orange, the cult novel from Mancunion literary hero Anthony Burgess, is brought to electrifying and testosterone-fuelled life by Action to The Word from Mon 21 – Sat 26 October. This A Clockwork Orange is an all-male, physical theatre ‘horror show’ that lures its audience into the glorious glass-edged nastiness of Manchester’s orgiastic, ultraviolent underworld and exquisitely captures and transcends the spirit of Anthony Burgess’ original literary masterpiece.
The Tin Ring returns to The Lowry Studio after last year’s sell-out performances adapted by Jane Arnfield and Mike Alfreds. The Tin Ring: How I Cheated Death is the memoir of Zdenka Fantlova who was 17 and in love at the outbreak of World War 2. Her lover Arno gave Zdenka a ring made of tin before they were separated by the Nazi’s. This ring she managed to keep hidden from Terezin to Bergen Belsen and treasured as a symbol of truth and hope during the atrocities of holocaust. Jane Arnfield brings Zdenka’s inspiring story to life in an outstanding solo performance at The Lowry on Mon 14 and Tue 15 October.
Death In Venice, Thomas Mann’s classic novella of frustrated desire and sensuality, has been transformed by celebrated composer Benjamin Britten into an opera in 1973. The tragic yearning of an old man, novelist Gustav von Aschenbach, for a beautiful Polish boy, becomes a ruinous, frustrated obsession and the book caused outrage when it was first published in 1912. To celebrate the centenary of Benjamin Britten’s birth, The Lowry’s partner company Opera North are staging Death In Venice on Thu 7 November as one of a triptych of Britten operas at The Lowry.
Finally, award-winning children’s author and former Children’s Laureate Michael Morpurgo enjoys something like a festival of his work at The Lowry this season. We are delighted to be able to bring The National Theatre’s celebrated production of his 1982 book, War Horse for an epic 9 week run from November 20 – January 18. War Horse received the Spielberg movie treatment after he saw the incredible performance in London and War Horse has already become The Lowry’s most successful show to date. The Studio will also play host to a production of Michael Morpurgo’s Toro! Toro! (2001) on Thu 21 and Fri 22 November. Toro Toro! is the tale of Antonio, who hatches a daring plan to rescue his favourite bull-calf from the bullring as the drums of civil war echo across Spain. Michael Morpurgo himself will come to The Lowry on Sun 17 November to read from his book, The Best Christmas Present In The World, that tells the story of the famous Christmas Truce of 1914 and the football match that took place between British and German forces in No Man’s Land.
The Manchester Literature Festival event: ‘Carlos Acosta in Conversation’, Sat 19 October
Internationally renowned ballet dancer Carlos Acosta discusses his debut novel Pig’s Foot. The tumultuous history of Cuba (slavery, wars of independence, Bacardi rum, dictatorship and revolution) is told through the character of Oscar Kortico, in this sweeping literary novel, full of dark comedy and strange revelations in the tradition of Gabriel García Márquez.
Manchester Literature Festival runs from Mon 7 – Sun 20 October 2013. More info here: