Something For The Weekend: Fri 8 – Sun 10 November

1. Dragon – Fri 8 – Sat 9 November

A dragon. At the corner of the street. Beneath the streetlamp. Small twists of smoke escaping from its left nostril. Watching… Waiting…

Tommy can’t sleep. He hasn’t been able to since his mum died a year ago. Since then, life for Tommy has gone from bad to worse. His dad is grief-stricken, his big sister ignores him and he has become the victim of the school bully. Then one restless night, Tommy goes to the window, throws back the curtain…

And a dragon is looking at him. Straight in the eye.

Terrifying and destructive, but powerfully intoxicating, the dragon burns with the anger and hurt that Tommy feels and makes anything seem possible. They go everywhere together as if connected by invisible thread and suddenly life is much better again. However, as the relationship grows, so do the mysterious fires that have started igniting across Glasgow’s Garnethill.

A show for adults, teenagers and children with vivid imaginations.

Recommended for 9 years +

The show is completely accessible to Deaf and hard of hearing audiences.
Dragon World Premiere NTS

2. In Doggerland – Fri 8 – Sat 9 November

“You know when a song gets stuck in your head? Round and round… over and over. I’ve got that now… only it’s not a piece of music… it’s not a tune… it’s a phrase: home is where the heart is… home is where the heart is.”

A coastline erodes, a house falls into the sea. A mysterious brother and sister arrive looking for answers. Marnie clings to her camera, taking photographs of strangers and places. She has come to say goodbye to a life she never knew whilst her brother Linus is keen to make a fresh start. But when they find Simon and daughter Kelly, reeling in the wake of tragedy, all four lives are to become inextricably linked under the weight of the past.

A funny and heartfelt story about lives lived on shifting sands; In Doggerland is a searching examination of love, family and identity.

Tom Morton-Smith is an award-winning playwright and former writer-in-residence at acclaimed new writing company, Paines Plough. He is currently under commission with the Royal Shakespeare Company.

3. Peter Grimes – Fri 8 – Sat 9 November

Set in a small fishing community on the English coast, this astounding opera is an utterly absorbing, emotionally compelling experience, not to be missed. Britten’s atmospheric music takes powerful inspiration from the sea, vividly portraying the human drama unfolding around the outsider Peter Grimes.

Audio Described Performance

Sat 9 Nov, 7pm

Peter Grimes Pre Show Talk – Sat 9 November

Hexagon Room – 6pm

Free to ticket holders but must be booked in advance on 0843 208 6000.

Late Night Galleries

Sat 9 November, until 7.30pm

Enjoy a stroll in Galleries before the show and see works by LS Lowry, plus our special exhibitions Performer as Curator – Alison Goldfrapp and Defining Me: Musical Adventures in Manchester. The Galleries will stay open until 7.30pm. Free entry, donations welcome.

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