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Lynda Moyo tells you where it’s at for the next 7 days

Written by . Published on April 14th 2008.

Confidential Choice


The Yamato Drummers of Japan

The brilliant Yamato Drummers of Japan return to the Lowry with a brand new show - a magnificent performance of Japanese Taiko drumming that will literally take your breath away. Yamato’s captivating music combines both delicate beauty and heart-thumping power - the drummers’ remarkable strength and skill defies belief. This is an extraordinary and spectacular show that that has toured the world for the past seven years and been enjoyed by more than one million people of all ages.

When: Weds 16 April from 7.30pm
Where: The Lowry, Pier 8, Salford Quays, M50 3AZ
Price: £17.50 - £19.50




One sunny evening, 10-year-old Rhona goes missing. Her mother, Nancy, retreats into a state of frozen hope, but still clings on to the hope that Rhona will be found alive. At the same time, far away in New York, American academic Agnetha, working on her thesis Serial Killing, A Forgivable Act?, is called in to help police draw up a psychological profile of the suspect. Then there’s Ralph, a loner with a bit of previous, who is looking for some distraction. Drawn together by horrific circumstances, the three people start on a long dark journey into the light. Bryony Lavery’s truly gripping play, one of the most talked-about pieces of theatre of the 90s, is back for 2008.

When: Mon 14 April – Sat 26 April
Where: Manchester Library Theatre
Price: See website



Riot Jazz featuring Skinnyman

Riot Jazz is an eclectic mix of swing, R&B, aggressive jazz and hip-hop. The key feature of the night is the live, 10-man riot brass band which links with an MC to bring a completely new sound to Manchester. This week has the welcome addition of Skinnyman, who over the last year has become one of the biggest MCs in the UK.

When: Weds 16 April, 10pm-3am
Where: Moho Live, 21 - 31 Oldham Street, M1 1JG
Price: £6 before 11pm, £7 after



The Lonely Hearts Club

Disco, pop, funk and soul plus TV clairvoyant James Griffiths giving free psychic love readings. The Lonely Hearts Club is much more than a single's night. It's about getting fun-loving city centre residents together to dance the night away and meet other like-minded people providing some good, old fashioned hassle free, non-pretentious Thursday night fun.

When: Thurs 17 April, 9.30pm – 2am
Where: Moho Live, 21 - 31 Oldham Street, M1 1JG
Price: £4




Drillbit Taylor (12A)

This comedy tells the story of three adolescents bully victims who hire a personal bodyguard, Drillbit Taylor (Owen Wilson). Taylor is a homeless AWOL army soldier whose motive is to con the kids just long enough to pull together money needed to go to Canada. A conscience and a growing crush on a teacher at the boys' high school, however, compels Drillbit to stick around, do the right thing, and yes you've guessed it...save the day. Hurrah.

When: All week- 4.30pm, 8.50pm
Where: AMC, 253 Deansgate, Unit 2 The Great Northern, M3 4EN
Price: Off Peak- Adults: £5 Senior: £3.75 Students: £4 Peak- Adults: £6 Senior: £3.75 Students: £4



Peter Moren of Peter, Bjorn and John

Peter is of course the lead singer of the Swedish indie group Peter Bjorn and John and will be at the Roadhouse as part of The Last Tycoon solo album tour. Throughout the hectic years of songwriting, recording and touring with Peter Bjorn and John in support of their infectious breakout album Writers Block, Peter never rested. What emerged from that period is an intimate 10-track collection of delicate and introspective songs from one of the most promising young storytellers of the decade. Perhaps he may even have time for a rendition for the most infectious song of 2007, 'Young Folk'.

When: Thurs 17 April, 8pm
Where: Roadhouse
Price: £7.50



X Files Improv with Dean Haglund

Dean Haglund played computer geek Langly for nine seasons of cult sci-fi series The X-Files. In this new show he improvises a new X-Files episode at each performance, using audience suggestions. Haglund’s improvisational skills were honed alongside stars of Whose Line Is It Anyway? and his ability to spin hilarious scenarios from the simplest of ideas never fails to entertain.

When: Fri 18 April, 8pm
Where: The Lowry, Pier 8, Salford Quays, M50 3AZ
Price: £12



Circle Club

An evening of dinner and debate as Ray King (food critic), David Heeley (Hi-Life Diners Club) and Mark Garner aka Gordo (food critic and publisher of Manchester Confidential) discuss fine dining in Manchester. They'll be discussing what makes a successful restaurant and how restaurateurs can create a seamless dining experience. The Circle Club head chef Neil Lorenzo will be dishing up some exquisite supper time treats, this looks set to be an evening of tantalising dishes and tasty tips...

When: Tues 22 April, from 6.30pm
Where: The Circle Club, Barton Arcade
Price: Free for Circle members. Non members £5 on the door. £10 per head for food.

To book your place please email


Stockport Producers Market

Situated in the historic market place in Stockport, this relatively new market features up to 20 of the finest regional food and drink producers. It boasts the freshest dairy produce, meat and fish, fruit and vegetables at well below supermarket prices and everything you could need to give your home a makeover, from pictures to curtains and crockery to lamps. Amongst the regular Producers’ Market traders are Clippys Apples, Leagram Organic Dairy, Holly Cottage Preserves, Katjas Kupcakes, Eddisbury Fruit Farm, 3 Rivers Brewery, Northern Tarts, Katie Cooks Pates, Jo's Cheshire Kitchen and many more.

When: Fri 18 April and every third Friday of the month, 10am-3pm
Where: Market Place, Stockport SK1 1EU
Price: free



Garage (18)

Josie is a lonely car mechanic who sports an Australia baseball cap though he lives in his garage and has never been further than the local pub. When he hires teen David as an assistant, his discovery of friendship spurs a search for intimacy that leads to local shop girl Carmel.

When: See website
Where: Cornerhouse, 70 Oxford Street, M1 5NH
Price: Matinées (before 5pm): £4.60 full / £3.30 concessions, evenings (from 5pm): £5.70 full / £4 concessions.


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