Last week the Manchester International Festival announced its lineup for the summer, but they’re not the only ones to get the festival bug this spring.
The Manchester Literature Festival has begun its search for volunteers to help out at events across the city in October. The Poplar Tree had a brilliant time as a volunteer at last year’s festival, and you can read about all the things it got up to by clicking on the image below. If it inspires you, visit the Manchester Lit Festival website where you can list your details and volunteer for this year’s events:
Tim Key’s Slutcracker tour came to Manchester’s Dancehouse this week, where he performed to his biggest live audience yet. After winning the Edinburgh Comedy Award at last year’s Fringe Festival he has since made appearances on Charlie Brooker’s Newswipe reciting ‘good-bad’ poems about any topic imaginable, from swimming widths at his local pool, to stewing ham in dew.
Some might say his poetry is puerile and deeply offensive nonsense, but others with a sense of humour would say it’s witty, keenly observational and stands alongside Spike Milligan as a master of both comedy and poetry.
Key sort of pretends to be bad at what he does and watching Slutcracker doesn’t get you any closer to working him out. He made his ramshackle entrance at the Dancehouse wearing a trackie top whilst holding a Tesco’s bag full of Fosters, but his beer swilling alter ego didn’t last long, as he soon exited the stage to reappear wearing a tatty pinstripe suit.
His props onstage included a child’s ride-on pony toy, a typewriter, fridge, wrench and a pile of porn – all as disparate and wacky as his own comedic style. Explaining the mess he said, “I’ve brought an array up to Manchester – you can’t come to Manchester without an array.” Continue reading