Step in to a magical world this June at The Lowry when Opera North present Wagner’s four part masterpiece The Ring Cycle (Mon 13 – Sat 18 June). Comedy thriller The 39 Steps (Thu 21 – Sat 25 June) takes us on a cat-and-mouse journey across the UK with four actors 130 characters and 100 minutes. And Manchester based Art with Heart present new play Declaration (Thu 23 & Fri 24 June) on ADHD in adulthood filled with humour and heart.
Opera North: The Ring Cycle
Mon 13 – Sat 18 June
Opera North presents full performances of The Ring Cycle: Richard Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen at The Lowry Mon 13 – Sat 18 June. The Leeds-based national opera company will perform Wagner’s marathon four-part masterpiece: Das Rheingold, Die Walküre, Siegfried and Götterdämmerung. Leading interpreter of Wagner’s epic scores, Richard Farnes, will conduct all six cycles of The Ring Cycle which will mark the end of his 12 year tenure as Opera North’s music director.
Set in a world populated by dwarfs and giants, gods and river-maidens, Das Rheingold sets the whole epic cycle in motion in thrilling fashion. Human emotion that takes centre stage in Die Walküre with the great confrontation between the god Wotan and his favourite daughter, Brünnhilde – the Valkyrie of the title. A youthful hero and mortal grandson of the king of the gods slays the dragon and braves the magic fire that encircles the sleeping Brünnhilde in Siegfried. And Götterdämmerung is the overwhelming conclusion of the cycle where the all-consuming love of Siegfried and Brünnhilde is broken in bitter betrayal.
Casting include top British and international performers including; Giselle Allen, Mats Almgren, Susan Bickley, Lee Bisset, Michael Druiett, Robert Hayward, Kelly Cae Hogan, Yvonne Howard, Alwyn Mellor, Béla Perencz, Mati Turi and Michael Weinius
The 39 Steps
Tue 21 – Sat 25 June
Marking the Olivier Award-Winning Comedy’s 10th anniversary, The 39 Steps comes to The Lowry Tue 21 June – Sat 25 June. Based on Alfred Hitchcock’s 1935 movie and John Buchan’s 1914 spy thriller The Thirty Nine Steps and adapted for the stage by Patrick Barlow The 39 Steps features four actors and 130 characters in 100 hilarious minutes.
The 39 Steps follows dashing hero Richard Hannay – complete with stiff upper lip, British gung-ho and pencil moustache – in a dangerous tale of cat-and-mouse from London to the Scottish Highlands. In this hilarious production four actors play over 130 characters in 100 minutes. The cast for this touring production are Richard Ede (the eponymous hero Hannay), Olivia Greene (the three women in Hannay’s life, Pamela, Annabella and Margaret) and the myriad of other roles are played with breath-taking speed and dexterity by Andrew Hodges and Rob Witcomb.
The Thirty Nine Steps was also famously adapted for the screen by Alfred Hitchcock in what is widely regarded as one of the best films from his early period. The stage production references a number of the legendary scenes from this 1935 classic mov-ie thriller of the same name, including the chase on the Flying Scotsman train, the escape on the Forth Road Bridge and the con-troversial ‘stocking and suspenders’ scene.
Directed by Maria Aitken, with design by Peter McKintosh, lighting by Ian Scott, sound by Mic Pool, and movement by Toby Sedgwick. The Associate Director is James Farrell. The 39 Steps is presented by Edward Snape for Fiery Angel and Tricycle London Productions with the West Yorkshire Playhouse. From an original concept by Simon Corble and Nobby Dimon
Thu 23 & Fri 24 June.
New ADHD play challenges stereotypes as performer talks out for the first time.
Award-winning Manchester theatre company Art with Heart will be premiering Declaration ‘Developed With’ The Lowry in the Salford venue’s Studio theatre on Thu 23 and Fri 24 June.
Stockport born Rachel Moorhouse and Stretford based Sarah Emmott have co-created Declaration, a new show on the process of seeking a diagnosis for ADHD as an adult.
Declaration is based on comedian and storyteller, Sarah Emmott’s personal experiences who says, “As a child, I was a coiled spring, bouncing off the walls but I was never diagnosed. My current Dr. thinks I have ADHD, but adult diagnosis is complex.”
Women and girls are more likely to go undiagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) as they cover symptoms and ‘act normal.’ ADHD is a group of behavioral symptoms including inattentiveness, hyperactivity and impulsiveness. After the difficult process of gaining diagnosis, Art with Heart decided to publically explore a private matter.
Art with Heart last visited The Lowry in 2015 with the award-winning Secret Diaries. Since 2010, the company have produced numerous theatre productions and arts projects, receiving national attention when 100 Deeds featured on BBC Radio 4’s Women’s Hour and BBC News. Their work with local communities led to a nomination for ‘Community Group or Organisation of the Year’ at the 2016 LGBT Foundation Hero Awards.
Until Sun 17 July
Syzygy is a major solo exhibition by Katie Paterson, one of the UK’s most ambitious and exciting multidisciplinary artists. It features two new commissions that will be shown alongside a selection of her career highlights.
Katie Paterson focuses on themes of nature, ecology, geology and cosmology, underpinned by in-depth scientific research, and an emphasis on diverse collaborations with writers, astronomers, nanotechnologists and musicians.
As an overarching theme of her work, the astronomic term “Syzygy” describes an alignment of celestial bodies, specifically a straight-line configuration of the sun, earth and moon which is believed to cause moonquakes and more powerful ocean tides. Just like that, the show aligns Paterson’s new and her most powerful works to date.
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