Theatre & Comedy

This Month…

  • 1st Jun, 7:30 pm

    Comedy Sportz: Improv Mullet

    Improvised comedy on the first Saturday of the Month from the team behind ComedySportz.
    Why Improv Mullet? Because it's shortform in the front and longform in the back. In other words, quick-witted 'Whose Line Is It Anyway?' style gags and games in the first half and longer improvised sketches and scenes, maybe a whole unscripted play, in the second. Watch as this team of comic minds make like MacGyver to craft comedy from nothing but your suggestions. Find out more about CSzUK and their Improv shows and workshops at www.comedysportz.co.uk or find them on twitter: @ComedySportz_UK

    “The team have certainly earned their title of ‘North-West’s top improvised comedy troupe'” North West End

    Show Starts 7.30pm. £3 on the door of free entry to anyone with a genuine mullet.

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  • 13th Jun, 6:00 pm

    Untitled, the deep sleep

    Untitled The Deep Sleep is a performance installation by multi-disciplinary artist Yulia Hampton. The artist invites members of the public to share one of the most intimate experiences - sleep. From the middle of a city-center square, to the intersection of a busy road, Hampton takes her work to outdoor areas not usually considered to be ideal places for sleep. Working alone, the artist creates a theatrical installation, setting herself up on an elevated platform - part bed, part stage – where she settles down to sleep beneath the open sky. Cameras observe her from above and around, projecting the surrounding and her performance onto screens below. At once serious and absurd, the project has no agenda and is open to the intervention of chance. The artist prefers to avoid any public conduct, exploring the freedom of will for a Spectator or Participant, a Creator and/or Critic. Untitled The Deep Sleep is a work which raises questions about the nature of performance art and the roles that audience member and artist play together. While being present, but asleep, the artist has no conscious contact with public. The act of sleeping is the performance technique enables the performer to

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  • 13th Jun, 7:30 pm

    Bright Club MCR: Persuasion

    Persuasion

    Date/Time
    Date(s) - 13/06/2019
    7:30 pm - 10:15 pm

    Location
    The Kings Arms

    Categories No Categories

    The brightest minds.  The biggest laughs.  You know it makes sense.

    Erika Ehler (finalist, Chortle Student Comedy Awards 2019) host our most persuasive ever show.  Six top reasearchers do real stand-up comedy.

    Gerard Devney – Arts Marketing

    Jackie Haynes – Art Practice

    Marina Rosca – Pharma Stats

    Joe Mickleburgh – Linguistics

    Julia Kasmire – Complex Adaptive Systems

    Karen Echàvez  – Journalism

    Plus the Brit-Pop-Hip-Hop of Fran Canning

    Doors at 7:30 pm, 8 pm start

    £5 on the door

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  • 14th Jun, 7:30 pm

    Rompers: STOKED

    Stoked is the debut sketch show from North East comedy duo, Rompers.
    In this surreal, anarchic hour, Durham Revue alumni Bróccán Tyzack-Carlin
    and Tristan Robinson take you to a world where Stoke-On-Trent really is the place to be, as a dance craze brings the global population running to the UK’s Pottery Capital.
    In and amongst this bizarre narrative, Rompers serves up fresh and fast-paced sketches aplenty, all the while in some questionable kit.
    Rompers are bursting out the metaphysical gate with a show to entertain and confuse all, and it's safe to say, they’re pretty damn Stoked.

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  • 19th Jun, 7:30 pm

    TBL Present: Little One & Eye Spy

    Little One is the haunting story of adopted siblings Aaron and Claire - one the definition of normal, the other deeply disturbed and unpredictable - and the strange lives of their neighbours, a man and his mail order bride.

     

    Eye Spy is a cycle of six short plays that take a peek at the not so distant future. Set in a tech-obsessed society, we see the stories of people living under The Book Regime.
    Both shows offer an exploration of mental health in an ever changing world and how small events can change the world around us.

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  • 20th Jun, 7:30 pm

    Jnr JB Shorts

    Jnr. JB Shorts - Six 15 minute short plays written by professional writers, directed by professional Directors but with a twist... the actors are our up and coming youth theatre actors! The renowned award winning Reallife Theatre Company have teamed up again with Stolen Thread Productions CIC for Year 2 of Jnr JB Shorts - with astounding reviews last year we hope to smash it and go bigger and better this year with 2 nights at The Kings Arms to start with in manchester followed by 2 nights at The Way Theatre/Studio in Atherton! Come and join us for the fun - and get to see round 2 of Blind Date and other classics redone!

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  • 22nd Jun, 7:00 pm

    The Three Mothers present... SUMMER SOLSTICE RITUAL

    Darksome night and shining moon,
    East and South, West and North,
    Hearken to Three Mothers' Rune!

    Do not tell the priest our plight,
    Or he would call it sin;
    But - we have been in the woods all night,
    A-conjuring summer in !

    LIVE MUSIC / PERFORMANCE ART / HEATHEN RITUALS

    Featuring:
    LOUISE WOODCOCK
    Live artist, actor and creator of many experimental music projects. Ex-page three stunner and pop star turned entrepreneur. Inspiration for The Cvlt of Body Horror, esoteric sex-positive club experience. Serial collaborator, working with non-musicians as well as some inspirational established artists. Currently writing autobiographical teen fiction covering many taboo subjects. One woman show in the pipeline.
    https://www.facebook.com/louisewoodcont/

    ERIK KELLAR'S HEATHEN CHAMBER
    Like a dread phoenix rising from the sulphur, Erik Kellar makes a rare emergence from his Nuremberg avant-garde hell-pit, the Dream Dungeon, to commune with the deities. With Týr, Odin and Thor. With Frigg and Freyja.

    Partake in the sacrificial Heathen rites of Blót. Witness the ecstatic song of Seiðr.

    We will caper, we will sing, we will chant and we will seethe. We will toast the horned God of fertility, and we will kneel to the Mother Goddess. We will invoke the Green Man. The sun is climbing. The sun is still. The sun is dying.

    “To see Erik Kellar perform is to see life in all it’s filth and fury, all it’s muck and glory. It is to see the heavens and the earth refracted through an obsidian prism. He does not show you hell, but makes you yearn for it. You do not experience Erik Keller’s Dream Dungeon. It experiences you. It is waiting for you, like a beast laying dormant.” - Dröhnen Post

    With live music from:
    TRIANGLECUTS
    https://www.facebook.com/pg/trianglecutsuk/
    https://www.trianglecuts.co.uk/
    Trianglecuts is the post-punk, alternative electronica of Manchester duo Gwendolen Osmond and Doug Hemingway; mixing together haunting, dark vocal loop station magic with the intense cathartic cry of raw electronica, channelling the inner human psyche of wounds, torment and frustration.
    Formed in Manchester in 2014, initially as the solo audio-visual work of Gwendolen, recent performances as a duo include supporting Damo Suzuki, Ill and Adrena Adrena on their Manchester gigs.

    SLOW KNIFE
    https://www.facebook.com/AllHailTheKnife/
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2XTbpm9IHDzoIYqlYUWU6Q

    Manchester-based, six-piece experimental puppets who incorporate spoken word with elements of jazz, drone, sci-fi and industrial sounds. Imagine John Cooper Clarke and Tom Waits pissed at a Bury bus stop, arguing over which Nico album is best.

    "An act true to the alternative, Slow Knife fire out a music erratic and unstopped, fusing jazz and punk through a science fiction filter to create a bass-driven creature that would make Jez Kerr and A Certain Ratio grin" Will Wolstenholme - Bitter Sweet Symphonies

    "With the conviction of a preacher frontman Daniel Tasker delivers exceptionally crafted spoken word poetry. Furious vocals are backed by a riotously experimental set, which includes the elegant use of harmonium and devilish saxophone that expands on the deep sense of free-form jazz and lyricism this band cultivates; imagine a blend of R.E.M.'s political consciousness with the style and righteous madcap joy of Tom Waits and you may come close" Hannah Clark, The Skinny

    AUGHRA
    (Pronounced org-ra)
    https://www.facebook.com/aughramusic/
    https://soundcloud.com/aughramusic

    BASTET
    Gracing the Kings Arms with her presence will be Egyptian Cat Goddess Bastet. Roaming the halls, watching over our solstice ceremony with her all seeing eye.

    VIRGIN BLOOD COCKTAILS (Available at the bar)

    Warning: Strobe lighting, smoke machine and nightmare drone music.

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  • 25th Jun, 7:30 pm

    Stickynote Theatre Present: Actors Showcase

    Stickynote Theatre presents an Actors Showcase specifically put together to benefit performers who aren’t currently involved in professional work, giving actors a chance to promote their individual work and craft between jobs. Join us for a lovely hour of theatre and enjoy a wide range of monologues, spoken word, duologues and even see a exerpt of an upcoming 1 man show performed by local Manchester talent. We have new writing of all genres so there is something for everyone to enjoy.

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  • 26th Jun, 7:30 pm

    TBL Present: Little One & Eye Spy

    Little One is the haunting story of adopted siblings Aaron and Claire - one the definition of normal, the other deeply disturbed and unpredictable - and the strange lives of their neighbours, a man and his mail order bride.

     

    Eye Spy is a cycle of six short plays that take a peek at the not so distant future. Set in a tech-obsessed society, we see the stories of people living under The Book Regime.
    Both shows offer an exploration of mental health in an ever changing world and how small events can change the world around us.

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  • 28th Jun, 7:30 pm

    Garry Starr Conquers Troy

    Having single-handedly saved the performing arts in 2018 with his multi-award-winning debut solo show, comic wunderkind Garry Starr delivers another anarchic drama masterclass to remember.
    Acting was invented by the ancient Greeks. Before that, people were just pretending. With the release of his groundbreaking new book An Actor Pretends, Starr delves deep into his Greek ancestry to enlighten us all with the ancient art of Pretendism, thus saving the performing arts from the evil clutches of Method acting.
    “Garry Starr is back with a vengeance...a multi-layered comedic property which hits funny bones at all levels”
    ★★★★★ GLAM Adelaide

    "The lunatic absurdity of the show’s flapdoodle humour (which at its best attains a Pythonesque quality) will lay siege to any serious defence you might have against laughing like a drain."

    -Sydney Morning Herald
    ★★★★Guardian
    ★★★★Scotsman
    ★★★★Evening Standard
    WINNER Best Comedy Greater Manchester Fringe 2018

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We would like to give a warm welcome to the award winning Rising Moon Productions who are now programming all theatre and comedy upstairs. They are seeking shows for upcoming seasons, so if you are a theatre company, comedian, sketch group, promoter, producer, poet, artist, contortionist, magician, mentalist or dance troupe and you’d like to put on a performance at The Kings Arms, we want to hear from you!

Email us here, tell us about yourself and your project and whether you would just like to hire the space or would like us to produce your script and we can help.