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Mrs Barbara Nice Hosts Family Fun Day

Comedy star Mrs Barbara Nice hosts gurners, clog dancers and a life-size mechanical elephant at The Lowry.

Mrs Barbara Nice, the comedy creation of Phoenix Nights’ Janice Connolly will be at The Lowry, Salford Quays on Sunday 23 July between 1pm – 3pm bringing her unique glamour to events at The Lowry's Folk Archive Family Fun Day.

The fun packed event is free to everyone and not only can visitors participate in activities like vegetable sculpture making and marvel at a gurner, who will be showing off his amazing talent at facial distortion, they can also look forward to being entertained by Stockport’s most famous housewife. When approached to be part of the event Barbara jumped at the chance saying “This is the one for me! I entirely approve of folk art, my husband Ken could have been a gurner but he’d pull a face and nobody could tell the difference.”

Janice Connolly is best known for her work as Holy Mary in Peter Kay’s Bolton based comedy series Phoenix Nights. Her performances as Barbara have been a hit with audiences at The Lowry in her own stand up show and as the Fairy Godmother in last year’s sparkling pantomime, Cinderella. She has cast her critical eye over cheap handbags and provided handy hints for keeping a tidy home in places as far as Edinburgh, Brighton, and Dubai, but don’t tell her husband, he thinks she’s at Bingo!

While Barbara greets visitors inside, Snowdrop, a life size mechanical elephant, will give rides to children on the plaza outside the building. Less adventurous visitors can watch morris dancers and clog dancers demonstrate their flair for traditional folk displays. To celebrate our collaboration with Blackpool Illuminations, who are providing their very own electrical extravaganza as a special highlight in our exhibition, all children will receive a stick of special Lowry rock to take home!

This summer's quirky exhibition Folk Archive: Contemporary Popular Art from the UK, celebrates 50 years of the creative life of ordinary people. A wide range of individuals and groups have contributed to this exhibition including the Women’s Institute, the Cumbrian town of Egremont, car modifiers, gurners, tar barrel rollers, prisoners and political protesters. Exhibits include a cigarette shaped funeral wreath, contemporary trade union banners and a crash helmet shaped as a skull.

Folk Archive: contemporary popular art from the UK is a national touring exhibition by Alan Kane and Jeremy Deller, co-ordinated by Bruce Haines and supported by Arts Council England and The Elephant Trust.

Folk Archive: contemporary popular art from the UK
22 July – 17 September 2006
The Lowry, Salford Quays, Greater Manchester

Posted on Friday, 07 July 2006 under News General News


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