Something For The Weekend: Fri 27 – Sun 29 June

1. Lost Boy RacerA3 template

Sat 28 June 8pm & Sun 29 June 1pm

A new ‘on ya bike’ drama
In celebration of the Tour de France Grand Depart 2014

Sean Racer used to be an energetic wildcat youth hooked on cycling.  Now he’s a bored and overweight, 40-something tax inspector on the brink of a crisis.

Turning to Claude an oddball sage-like ex-pro cycle mechanic, and encouraged by the wily hairdresser Linda a serial tax evader keen to distract him from taking a closer look at her business, Sean hatches a plan to get his life back on track and on two wheels.  He will fulfil a youthful dream: to ride the Tour De France.  That’s right, he’s going the distance, albeit on a bike on rollers in the shed. Will he make it to the finish?

Lost Boy Racer is a quirky northern comedy-drama with a touch of blood sweat and tears, a large dose of cycling wisdom lubricated with shampoo, fun and hi-jinx, some off-the-wall bike antics and a love story of sorts…

2. Jonathan Yeo – Portraits Jonathan_Yeo_Main

Sat 15 March – Sun 29 June

Special Exhibitions Gallery

Gallery Opening Times:
Sunday – Friday, 11am-5pm Saturday, 10am – 5pm

Admission Admission is free. Donations welcome.

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.


3. Manchester Children’s Book Festival – Festival Family Fun Day

Saturday 28th June 10am

What is it?

The Manchester Children’s Book Festival welcomes everyone to the 2014 Festival Family Fun Day – a full Saturday of free activities at Manchester Metropolitan University’s All Saints Campus (on Oxford Road). Come along and join the fun – there’ll be something for everyone, from pre-readers and nursery age-children to teens and families. And, as well as story-telling arts, crafts and workshops, there’ll be a bustling market-place of stalls and exhibitions to browse and enjoy. FREE – just drop in any time from 10.00am to 4.00pm!

  • Add your creations to our sea monkey gallery, and join the seawigs parade at 1.30pm.
  • Story-telling and puppet sessions in a host of different languages for under-fives in our under-sea story-telling tent.
  • Reading and performances for older childen and teens in the Manchester WritingSchool underground book club (featuring Catherine Fox, Jacqueline Roy and Iris Feindt’s ‘Bag of All Sorts’).
  • “A Mazing Monkeys” craft and the Summer Reading Challenge with Manchester Libraries and Archives+.
  • Join IWM North to meet puppet characters, learn more about the First World War Centenary and make your own unique souvenir to take home and keep.
  • Make your own pop-up graphic novel with The Lowry – paper engineering that will make your characters leap off the page!
  • Meet the Ordsall Hall team, make a simple origami journal with a Tudor house cover to record your visit – and find out about the Young Ghost Hunters’ Club.
  • The Little People’s History Museum: help Mr Ordinary and his friends search for his stolen thinking and doing using interactive puppets, song and dance.
  • Use your voice, your body and your imagination to create brand new stories and bring them to life with the Royal Exchange Theatre Story-Makers.
  • Take part in some exciting land and sea themed printing with Z-arts.
  • Visit the Holden Gallery: brighten up your surroundings and recycle at the same time. We’ll provide the materials and help you bring to life your very own window box.
  • ManMetMunch healthy eating fruit and veg storyboards – and learn how to make healthy frozen yoghurt ice-creams. PLUS: make giant fruit animals and popstars!
  • Bionic men and women? Discover the science behind your favourite super heroes! And learn how real diseases can spread with our Simfection zombie programme.
  • Have your picture drawn, or be transformed into an animal, in the magical portrait booth.
  • Take part in the ‘polkadots’ music and story session with One Education Music.
  • Working with ReadWell to put new books onto shelves at Manchester Children’s Hospital School – bring a book along to the book swap.
  • Special Blackwell’s Bookshop. Refreshments available from the Atrium Café. Baby change, feeding facilities and buggy park.