WEEK 53: What to Expect from Girl Gang Manchester’s Immersive Screening of ‘Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion’

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Born out of a desire to help women develop new interests and make friends outside work, Girl Gang Manchester was set up in 2016 and now boasts thousands of members. Using a team of talented decorators, performers and marketing gurus, we organise events that cater to all genders, ages, races, sexualities and backgrounds.

We are always looking for new talent and more creative ideas to inspire our next great event. In addition to running regular workshops, discos, coffee philosophy morningsand speed-mating sessions, we often collaborate with community-based arts organisations on a wide variety of unique projects. So far this year, we organised the Centenary Launch House Party at the Pankhurst Centre and collaborated with Wonder Women to capture the diverse opinions of Manchester’s women at Women Rule Manchester. We are planning to take part in Processions on 10th June, a mass participation artwork celebrating 100 years of votes for women.

Our award-winning immersive screenings are one of the key events in our jam-packed calendar. Each screening aims to recreate the world of the chosen film and invites you to step inside and be a part of the action. We won the best single event in 2016 with our screening of Mean Girlsand built on this success with an even bigger immersive experience last year of the female-fronted comedy Bridesmaids.

This year, we decided to revisit the 90’s with the slacker gal classic Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion.The laugh-out-loud comedy follows two inseparable friends who return to their high school reunion armed with a poorly conceived plan to impress their former classmates.

The screening is part of Week 53 and will focus on the “Coming of Age” genre, the theme of this year’s festival. The event – involving over 30 local interdisciplinary female artists – will feature an array of Romy and Michele themed interactive activities and drop-in workshops. These include a giant yearbook, spin class competition,style advice from Smart Works charity, as well as clothes customisation and idea generation workshops. There will also be roaming performances from Pull Your Finger Out Productions and an “adulting” podcast recording with Brown Girls Do It.

The screening itself will be presented by Dr Kirsty Fairclough, head of Media and Performance at The University of Salford, and will be followed by a reunion style knees-up of 80’s and 90’s female-fronted classics played by Thirsty Girls Collective. As with all Girl Gang events, audiences are encouraged to participate in the spirit of the event with themed costumes, come willing to try new things, speak to new people and expect the unexpected.

The event will be held at the Lowry on Saturday 19 May and is open to people of all genders and ages (15+). Advice slots and limited capacity workshops will be bookable via email to ticket holders two weeks before the screening. For more information and tickets, visit Girl Gang Manchester’s Facebook Event Page or call the box office on 0843 208 6000.

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This guest blog has been written by Girl Gang Manchester.