Spring Season 2018

Welcome to Spring 18! And OK, so the season might have shrunk a little, but that only increases the need to catch everything that is on offer! And there is some extraordinary performance coming our way…

The programme kicks off with the almost overwhelmingly atmospheric Castle Rock, by the very brilliant Massive Owl from Bristol. If you’ve ever seen the movie Stand By Me, if you’ve ever wondered what theatre can do with narrative, or if you just want a beautifully dark theatre experience, this really is one not to miss.

Next up is Tom Cassani’s enigmatic blend of stage magic and deadpan mind manipulation, followed by a return visit by a real Axis favourite. Antonia Grove, of Probe dance, is extraordinary dancer and theatre performer, and her new show profiles this to great effect. And talking of returning favourites, Ciaran Hodgers’ Axis Slam is fast building a reputation as one of the most significant and selective Poetry Slam’s in the country, and just the best way to spend a stimulatingly wordy evening.

Or why not combine a sneak peak at the brand new piece by local star Ryan O’Shea with the highlight of Manchester’s international Flare festival, the simply spell-binding Moore Bacon! by Belgian innovators Bosse Provoost and Kobe Chielens. And to cap it all Brazilian dance maestro Jean Abreu returns again with his latest solo/duet commissioned by the Southbank in London. On top of all that, the OpenSpace promises a week looking at the relationship between film and live music, and off in distant May our friends in Cheshire Rural Touring Arts host Edinburgh hit Wanna Dance with Somebody – definitely one for the diary.

With all that still to look forward to, we do hope to see you very soon…

Neil Mackenzie
Programmer Axis Arts Centre

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