Thu 17 – Mon 28 May

Week 53 returns: The Lowry’s festival of incredible and international work for the contemporary-minded, most compulsively curious of cultural cats, Week 53 is about challenging convention and celebrating creativity. In May 2018, Week 53 will present over 70 performances by 100 artists exploring ‘the coming of age’. 

Running from Thu 17 – Mon 28 May, the festival brings together artists from across the UK, Belgium, Canada, Italy and Republic of Ireland in a programme of contemporary art, dance, drama and interactive installations.  

Here’s what you can expect: 

• The first ever stage adaptation of Nigel Slater’s award-winning book, Toast 
• An exhibition about motherhood and female adolescence by the acclaimed painter, Chantal Joffe 
• A new production of Graham Greene’s classic thriller, Brighton Rock by Pilot Theatre 
• An aerial performance featuring Japanese knot-tying in Everything I See I Swallow by circus duo, Tamsin Shasha and Maisy Taylor 
Nervous, a dramatic, site-specific light sculpture by Tom Dekyvere in the art centre’s foyer. 
• The UK premiere of School of Moon, a new piece of choreography inspired by artificial intelligence featuring both child and robotic dancers. 
• Michael Keegan-Dolan’s re-imagination of the ballet Swan Lake set in a theatrical world where Irish mythology and the complexity of modern-day Ireland meet. 
• The world premiere of ‘Seven Inch’ - a spoken word comedy performance about loneliness and music’s digital coming of age by Manchester artist, Fat Roland. 
‘Madhouse’ - An immersive performance examining the institutionalisation of people with learning disabilities by Access All Areas Theatre; specially commissioned for Week 53. 
• The English language premiere of ‘Hikikomori’ – an audio-theatre production inspired by the half a million reclusive Japanese teenagers who have withdrawn from social life. 
‘Teentalitarianism’ – a series of events at which teenagers take control by Canadian company Mammalian Diving Reflex. 
• Stand-up from Chortle Award-nominated comedian, Kiri Pritchard-Mclean, who will reflect on her experiences of mentoring vulnerable young people through her show, ‘Appropriate Adult’
• A celebration of all things digital from the last 40 years in ‘Hacked on Classics’ by Seb Lee-Delisle, which takes a look at how popular retro gadgets actually work. 
• A live-media performance by fuse* called ‘Dökk’, inspired by the natural evolution of Ljós (‘light’). 
• And Scottish Dance Theatre will present Fleur Darkin’s ‘Innocence’ inviting little ones (and their adults), to explore William Blake’s imagination and enter a realm of mystery, fun and adventure. 
• A dance double bill with Joseph Toonga’s 'Daughter Daughter', highly physical and emotive new dance show about fatherhood, alongside choreographer Grace Surman’s 'Performance with Hope' in which she shares the stage with her ten year old daughter. 
• A ‘Coming of Age’ special from the Standard Issue series, presenting live podcasts by women, for women.
• A chance to kick up your heels with Girl Gang Manchester as they pay tribute to 90’s slacker comedy ‘Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion’.

All tickets for Week 53 are either free, £10 or £20. Even more excitingly, we are delighted to announce that there will be an allocation of Pay What You Decide tickets for all productions, so there is no excuse not to ‘try something new’.  

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Details of Pay What You Decide tickets will be announced in early 2018. Look out for further announcements coming soon…and remember… Stay Curious.

Watch our brand new trailer


Take a look at the first Week 53 back in 2016

A short film highlighting a little bit of everything that happened during Week 53 in 2016.