Something For The Weekend: Fri 25 – Sun 27 April


1. Rapunzel – Sat 26 April – Sun 27 April

A new take on the classic fairytale, ballet LORENT’s Rapunzel is as much for adults as it is for children. Bringing together a group of world-class collaborators, including Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy and Game of Thrones costume designer Michele Clapton, and with narration by Lesley Sharp, this is a Rapunzel rich with colour and emotion and full of dark beauty.

2. A Pleasing Terror – Fri 25 April – Sat 26 April

Two of the earliest and eeriest ghost stories by M R James show that they still retain their power to terrify and amuse over a century after they were first published in this gripping one-man show performed by R M Lloyd Parry.

In Canon Alberic’s Scrap-book, a young Cambridge antiquary discovers the devil in the details of an old book in a medieval town in the French Pyrenees, while in The Mezzotint, a ghoulish revenge is enacted within a work of art, before the helpless eyes of a museum curator in Oxford…

Robert Lloyd Parry as M R James 6 credit Shelagh Bidwell

3. 0°00 Navigation by Simon Faithfull – 22 – 27 April (from dusk) – part of Future City

Projected onto a large screen just outside The Lowry, this film shows one mans obsessive and deranged journey exactly along the Greenwich Meridian from Peace Heaven in Hampshire to Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire.

Always seen from behind this solitary person emerges from the English Channel, GPS device in hand and proceeds to walk directly north along the 0º00’00” line of longitude, one foot in the past the other in the future, one foot east and one foot west. Any obstacle encountered is negotiated; fences climbed, properties crossed, buildings entered via nearest windows, streams waded and hedges crawled through.