Something For The Weekend: Fri 22 – Sun 24 August


1. War Horse enters final furlong

medalsOur second epic run of the marvellous National Theatre (NT) production of War Horse is over halfway through now, and with tickets still selling fast it’s time to snap up yours before it’s too late.

This week many in the cast and crew celebrated their 300th show, and were awarded NT medals as a result. Some took to social media (see right) to express their joy at the silverware, and their enduring passion for the production.

There are two shows on Saturday, a 2.30pm matinee and a 7.30 evening performance. The matinee is captioned for those that may not be able to hear everything that is happening on the stage.

The other day of the week when War Horse is on in the Lyric Theatre twice in one day is Wednesday, and this week cast member David Fleeshman took to his Twitter account to detail his plans for the busy day ahead:

 · Aug 20 2 show day of then company curry night. So that’s Berocca, Pro Plus, Lucozade, poppadums, Lamb saag, garlic Nan, lager
We trust all those involved in the show enjoyed a richly-deserved onion bhaji or two late on Wednesday evening.

But just as important to the cast and crew are the audience, who come show after show and make the atmosphere and the performance so very special.

One day this week audience member @littlebluemannw brought his 80-year-old mother to see the show as a birthday present. Had she enjoyed it, The Lowry asked him? “Yes, it was a very moving experience,” he replied. “Tears, and she said she hasn’t seen anything so good.” We’re so pleased.

War Horse is on until Saturday 20 September, and tickets are still available for most performances.

Age guidance 10+. Running time 2hrs 40mins including one interval. Latecomers will not be admitted until 40 minutes into the performance.

War Horse Post Show Q&A | Thu 11 September

This is a unique opportunity to take part in a Q&A with members of the creative team behind this spectacular show. Free to War Horse ticket holders for the evening performance.


2. Taking pride in the Pride parade

It’s back, and it’s bigger and brighter than ever!

A carnival atmosphere will fill the streets of Manchester on Saturday as the annual Pride parade sets off at 1.00pm from the Museum of Science & Industry on Liverpool Road.

It’s set to enthrall the thousands of spectators – young and old, gay and straight, friends and family – who come down to see the glamorous and the outrageously fabulous people who take part.

The route winds its way through the city centre, up Deansgate, down Peter Street then along Whitworth Street before finishing at Sackville Gardens. Expect inevitable traffic disruption.

Take note – you do not need Big Weekend tickets or wristbands to watch the parade, which is entirely free for the people of Manchester to enjoy. However, you will need tickets to get into the Big Weekend site in and around Canal Street afterwards.

Of course, Pride isn’t all about the parade, as the weekend’s official website makes plain. On Tuesday, we here at The Lowry hosted a very well-attended Fringe event: Coming Out – From Script to Screen. Creator of Coronation Street, Tony Warren, actress Brooke Vincent and writers Jonathan Harvey, Damon Rochefort and Debbie Oates were all in attendance. They discuss the concept of characters in soaps coming out and the practicalities of how a story moves from the page to your television.

Pride tweeted snaps throughout the event, and it’s evident all had a really good time:


3. Discover the keys to the Quays

If the outrageousness of the city centre this Saturday lunchtime isn’t really your thing, then pop out of town to here at Salford Quays, where you can link up with Manchester Guides and take part in their latest Discover the Quays walking tour.

From international docks to a MediaCityUK, from shipping to culture and shopping, it’s all explained on this walk, and it all begins outside our fair Lowry building at 2.00pm.

Tickets are £7 / £6 concessions, and the tour is led by very experienced guide Pauline Lloyd.

Electronic versions of their latest leaflets are available to be viewed online and it is possible to book tickets for many of their guided walks via their website.

And follow them on Twitter for the very latest on timings, routes, prices and inevitable but vitally necessary weather updates.

Once the tour is concluded, pop in and say hello, grab a hot drink at the Tower Coffee Shop or a late lunch at our Terrace Bar, then pop upstairs and enjoy the fabulous (and free) Here’s One We Made Earlier and In The Frame: Dance on Film exhibitions. And then snap up tickets for that evening’s performance of War Horse. There, that’s Saturday sorted!