The Lowry’s smallest theatre tackles some of the biggest national and international issues this season.

Hotter than ever, The Studio’s summer includes four world premieres from the very best home-grown theatre makers including exciting new work from; Associate Artists Lung and Kill the Beast; while Art with Heart and Sophie Willan present new work ‘Developed With’ The Lowry.

Claire Symonds, Programmer and Producer at The Lowry said; “We are delighted to be hosting the world premieres of four new commissioned productions from some of the most exciting theatre makers creating new work in Greater Manchester today. Kill The Beast, LUNG, Art with Heart and A Bed of Shards have very different styles and approaches but together they demonstrate how vibrant, relevant, unexpected and entertaining brand new theatre can be.”

Manchester based Theatre Company Kill the Beast premiere Don’t Wake the Damp on Fri 15 & Sat 16 July. Following the story of an old woman living in a tower block in 2035 expect to see projection mapping technology alongside their sci-fi comedy horror style.

In the lead-up to the highly anticipated publication of the Chilcot inquiry this summer, northern documentary theatre company Lung collaborate with journalist Richard Norton-Taylor to premiere Chilcot from Thu 26 – Sat 28 May.

Bolton-born, Salford-based writer and performer Sophie Willan will previewOn Record (Fri 10 & Sat 11 June) ahead of her debut at Edinburgh Fringe 2016. Sophie grew up in and out of care. This piece explores who she is after receiving her personal records from the State.

Manchester based Art with Heart will be premiering Declaration (Thu 23 & Fri 24 June) a solo exploration of ADHD in adults. Stockport born Zoe Cooper’s play Petrification (Sat 18 June) deals with LGBT and North-South divide issues as two brothers come together after their father’s death. And A Bed of Shards by Manchester’s Jane McNulty with Camellia Productionsis about a Salford tower block facing demolition that has been home for years premiering Fri 1 & Sat 2 July.

University of Manchester graduates Emily Greenslade and Hannah Smithpresent 1972: The Future of Sex (Fri 20 May) telling the story of 3 couples having sex for the first time on the night that David Bowie first appeared as Ziggy Stardust on Top of the Pops.

Kick starting the season with a sense of adventure, set sail with Captain Morgan and the Sands of Time (Sat 14 May) on a rip-roaring adventure comedy with monsters, sword fights and shivered timbers. And tick off your bucket list with CELL on adventure to create enough memories to last a lifetime after being diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease (Thu 19 May).

Home is where the heart is, or so they say? Labels (Fri 13 May) and Rights of Passage (Sat 4 June) deal with matters on immigration.
Exploring when passions run high Ross & Rachel (Thu 30 June) confronts what happens when two people are forced to handle the end of a relationship in the harshest of ways. While Ventoux (Sat 21 May) follows the epic competition between Lance Armstrong and Marco Pantani in stage 12 of the Tour de France 2000. Demonstrating a love for the great race.

Listings Info
Venue: The Studio at The Lowry
Tickets: £12/£10
Box Office: 0843 208 6000

Fri 13 May | Labels | Worklight Theatre

Sat 14 May | Captain Morgan and the Sands of Time | Tap Tap Theatre

Thu 19 May | CELL | Smoking Apples & Dogfish

Fri 20 May | 1972: The Future of Sex | The Wardrobe Ensemble

Sat 21 May | Ventoux | 2Magpies Theatre

Thu 26 – Sat 28 May | Chilcot | Lung

Sat 4 June | Rights of Passage | Artemis Theatre

Fri 10 & Sat 11 June | On Record | Sophie Willan

Sat 18 June | Petrification | Telltale in association with LittleMighty

Thu 23 & Fri 24 June | Declaration | Art with Heart

Thu 30 June | Ross & Rachel | MOTOR

Fri 1 & Sat 2 July | A Bed of Shards | By Jane McNulty with Camellia Productions

Fri 15 & Sat 16 July | Don’t Wake the Damp | Kill the Beast