Ten Mancs exhibition at The Dukes

Noel Gallagher by Karin Albinsson
Noel Gallagher by Karin Albinsson

There’s a distinct Manchester feel to the first Wired In event of 2013 at The Dukes in Lancaster on Monday.

One special guest at this mix of music, photography, spoken word and film will be Manchester photographer, Karin Albinsson who will be showing and talking about her work. This includes her project entitled Ten Mancs which includes portraits of Noel Gallagher, Ian Brown, Anthony H Wilson, Clint Boon, Shaun Ryder and Johnny Marr.

Fellow Mancuncian, Mike Garry, will be performing some of his poetry which focuses on the beautiful ugliness of the city and its people.

He has recently toured the country with John Cooper Clarke. Also taking part will be photographers Mollie George Bland, Karen Chandisingh and Richard Davis.

All their images will be accompanied by live music soundtracks, provided by the band Cat Skeleton, The Steve Varden Experience and, for one night only, a special collaboration between musicians Pete Moser, Jane Lawrence and Matt Robinson.

The evening concludes with a short film mostly shot in Morecambe by Martin Taylor called Berocca, about a disabled salesman and his autistic son who travel the backroads of Northern England.

Box office: 01524 598500 or www.dukes-lancaster.org.

A local youth theatre group invites audiences to roll up and enjoy all the fun of the fair when Stage Struck Junior Theatre presents The Carousel of Horrors at the Platform in Morecambe next week.

In this musical comedy, they translate the story of a man-eating plant, setting it on an imaginary fairground in the resort. The action is helped along by memorable songs of the 1960s as a brave hero, terrorised by a singing and blood-thirsty plant, wins back his girl from an egotistical showman! The show runs from Wednesday to Saturday.

Box office: 01524 582803 or www.lancaster.gov.uk/platform-tickets.

More Music Presents in Morecambe cements itself in the region’s live music calendar with a busy March programme.

A top African musician will be making his debut at the venue tomorrow night, with his new group of drummers and dancers. Jali Nyonkoling Kuyateh is a masterful Kora player and has won an international reputation for his performances. He played a prestigious support slot at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall, with Afrocubism – the supergroup of Cuban and Malian singers and instrumentalists. Supporting him here will be Orchestre DC Dansette and Kitchen Collective in a special event raising awareness for the Lancaster-based children’s charity Stepping Stones Nigeria. After that date Morecambe Jazz Club returns next Wednesday featuring another Grammy nominee, virtuoso guitarist Neil C Young, who wowed audiences at Lancaster Jazz Festival last year. Young has been twice nominated for Grammys for his virtuosic guitar playing and inventive arrangements of his own material and classic songs. The following night the best young musicians, songwriters and performers from the More Music Stages and Friday Night Project youth music sessions, perform acoustically. The following Saturday sees Alasdair Roberts Trio with support from Dan Haywood. Roberts is an acclaimed cult singer-songwriter who will be performing his interpretations and arrangements of traditional ballads and songs inspired by the traditional folk music of Scotland.

There’s backstage drama at the Dukes in Lancaster next Thursday and Friday.

The venue has joined forces with The Alligator Club, a North West professional playwrights collective, to present twice-nightly performances of Blackout.

This walkabout show is set in the hidden spaces of The Dukes such as the wardrobe department and Green Room.

Blackout is set in the future where every theatre, apart from one, has died.

It is the last opportunity to join a hologram-guided tour of a bygone building before it shuts its door forever.

As the tour concludes, only the audience can decide if this theatrical relic should be left to crumble into the past. What will you decide?

The audience, limited to groups of up to 20, aged 16 plus, for each show, will experience a play in motion and every performance will be different. Blackout will be directed by Dukes associate director, Louie Ingham, and is the latest stage in the development of The Alligator Club which already has two sell out shows under its belt and aims to create experimental writer-led theatre shows for the wider region.

Box office: 01524 598500.