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GT Weekender: Arts in Manchester

GT rocks Manchester for Pride and checks out some theatre...

This Bank Holiday weekend sees the return of the UK's biggest pride party: Manchester! The 10-day festival of events has already kicked off, with GT sauntering along to one of its many arts and culture fringe events last night.

Journeys was an evening of short plays and sketches, from local LGBTQ theatre group Vada. It charted everything from a Tory minister's secret love affair with a man during Thatcher's reign (fictional, we assume…) to a lesbian couple grappling with IVF, and an older gay man trying to keep his rent boy on a pension. It even featured a Catholic Priest explaining why Jesus was a gay - which, if you wondered, is because he surrounded himself with only men, thought his mother was a virgin, and was convinced the whole universe revolved around him.

What Manchester doesn't have in obvious razzmatazz, it more than makes up for in personality. Journeys was prime example of this: they had a warm, raw cast of local talent, a frequently very funny script, and a great atmosphere. Vada are a real credit to Manchester's LGBT scene. We loved them.

Coming up over the Big Weekend are live performances from The Feeling, Kate Nash, MKS, Sam Sparro, the cast of Wicked and, even, Rylan. There's a giant parade through Manchester city centre (including the cast of Corrie on a float!), and the traditional candlelit HIV vigil on the Monday evening.

For more info, visit Manchester Pride.

Words: Benjamin Butterworth

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