Something For The Weekend: Fri 14 – Sun 16 March

1. Jonathan Yeo – Portraits – Opens Saturday

Jonathan Yeo is one of Britain best portrait painters, especially well known for his paintings of performers, artists and politicians.

Many of his most famous subjects have been brought together in this new exhibition from the National Portrait Gallery. From Kevin Spacey, acting as Richard III; Damien Hirst, dressed incongruously in chemical protection suit; to Helena Bonham Carter, Michael Parkinson, Grayson Perry and Idris Elba. The exhibition includes additional paintings, drawings and preparatory materials especially for The Lowry.

Yeo is self-taught, taking up painting whilst recovering from Hodgkin’s disease in his early 20s. He became known as a contemporary portraitist in the late 1990s, exhibiting frequently at the  National Portrait Gallery.

His best known work includes a world weary Tony Blair painted at the very end of his premiership, an iconic painting of Erin O’Connor and now familiar images of Prince Philip, and Dennis Hopper, some of which feature in this exhibition.

Gallery Opening Times: 
Sunday – Friday, 11am-5pm Saturday, 10am – 5pm
Admission is free. Donations welcome

Claire's Room (Grayson Perry)

2. Silent – Fri 14 – Sat 15 March

Homeless McGoldrig once had splendid things. But he has lost it all – including his mind. He now dives into the wonderful wounds of his past through the romantic world of Rudolph Valentino, in this brave, bold, beautiful production. Silent is currently wowing audiences on its extensive Irish touring and internationally in Europe and the USA.

‘Passionate one-man show… stunning’ Ben Brantley, The New York Times

‘A must-see if ever there was one’ ***** The List

‘Unflinching, intensely physical performance…bristling with black humour’ The Scotsman

‘Fabulous dance of whirling words’ ***** The Herald

‘Dazzling theatricality’ The Guardian

‘A striking performance under Jim Culleton’s effective direction… pulses with the erratic noise of life’ Irish Times

‘Remarkable…to be in that audience was to experience a rare synergy between performer and the performed-to…Marvellous’ Irish Independent

Fishamble: The New Play Company is an internationally acclaimed, multi-award winning company dedicated to new work for the theatre. Recent productions presented on major Irish and international tours include Tiny Plays for Ireland by 25 writers, The Pride of Parnell Street by Sebastian Barry, and Forgotten also by Pat Kinevane.

3. BBC Tour at MediaCity UK – All weekend

Whet your appetite for our upcoming Here’s One We Made Earlier exhibition, opening this July, by taking a tour of The BBC at MediaCityUK and walk in the footsteps of some of your favourite celebrities.

The BBC’s home in the North of England is one of the most ambitious projects in their history. They’ve thrown open their doors, so you can take a peek behind the scenes. They are home to a whole host of BBC channels and programmes including favourites such as Match Of The DayBlue PeterDragons’ DenBBC Breakfast, Radio 5 Live and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, to name just a few.

Well-informed tour guides will entertain and surprise you as you walk in the footsteps of your favourite stars. They will make sure that you see the most interesting areas available on the day of your visit, as well as giving you a fascinating insight into how TV and radio work. You will also have the chance to take part in your own television production in an interactive studio.

Please remember that the BBC buildings at MediaCityUK are working buildings, so no two tours are the same, but they will always be informative, interesting and fun.

To find out more, including booking and ticketing information, please visit their website.

Jack Hinds - Media City reflected cropped

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