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Published on October 5th 2007.

Weekly events roundup

Photographer Anton Corbijn’s directorial debut is a biopic of Joy Division’s main man Ian Curtis; an enigmatic figure troubled by epilepsy and depression who committed suicide at just 23 just as the band were becoming successful. Based on the book Touching from a Distance by Curtis’ wife Debbie, the film focuses on their relationship and his disturbed psyche. Visually, given Corbijn’s distinctive stark photographic style, it’s no surprise that the film is shot in evocative black and white.

On general release from Friday 5 Oct.

Ross Noble
Though only just in his forth decade the 31-year-old Geordie is already one of the most respected comedian’s not just of his generation but of all time. Mounting the stage with very little prepared material, he riffs around a few ideas and whatever else he can see in the room. Consequently you can guarantee that no two shows will be the same. Living part time in Australia these days he returns for a few months of the year to dust us with a bit of the Noble magic.

Manchester Opera House, (Quay Street, City. 0870 163 3402 www.livenation.co.uk) Thurs 4- Sat 6 Oct.

Manchester Literature Festival
In its second year and over seen by festival director Cathy Bolton (formerly of Commonword), this time around there are a fair few notable appearances to mention such as Shameless creator Paul Abbott, Roddy ‘Commitments’ Doyle, Scottish poet Carol Ann Duffy and poet laureate Andrew Motion. For fans of sci fi and more specifically Dr Who, there’s a panel debate featuring the series writers posing the question ‘where does fact meet fiction?’ and the event is preceded by a performance from comic Toby Hadoke’s one man show Moths Ate My Dr Who Scarf.

Thurs 4 - Sun 14 October, www.manchesterliteraturefestival.co.uk

Visiting The Royal Exchange’s smaller Studio space intended for more edgy, fringe theatre than in the main auditorium, is Rona Munro’s Iron. Munro’s possibly better known for her screenplay for Ken Loach’s harrowing film, Ladybird, but here she’s found exploring equally dark territory as she tells the story of Faye Black. Faye is serving a life sentence for murdering her West Indian husband and receives an unexpected visit from her daughter Josie, her first visit to her mother in 15 years. The play is produced by the Working Girls Theatre Company and is suitable for 13s and over.

The Royal Exchange Studio (St Ann’s Square, City. 0161 833 9833 www.royalexchange.co.uk) Thurs 4 – Sat 6 Oct.

Hovis in Wonderland
In 2005 the comedy poetry scene lost one of its most talented sons. Boltonian Hovis Presley (better known to his mum as Richard McFarlane) died having lain in a coma in hospital for several weeks. He had shunned fame during his lifetime and preferred to stay close to his beloved Bolton. But he would no doubt have approved of this fitting celebration of his work; Dave Morgan has taken Presley’s only published work Poetic Off Licence and other writings and adapted them in a play ‘for voices written as a homage to his wit, word play and acute social observation.’

Bolton Phoenix Theatre, www.boltonphoenixtheatre.co.uk/) , Wed 10 Oct, Tickets: 01204 382440.

Art Treasures in Manchester: 150 Years On
In 1857 Art Treasures of the United Kingdom, the largest ever art exhibition in the UK was held here in Old Trafford. The exhibition featured a blister inducing 16,000 exhibits and amongst those eminent Victorians un-dissuaded by the marathon museum session were Charles Dickens, John Ruskin and Queen Victoria herself. This new exhibition celebrations the 150th anniversary of the exhibition and sees some of the most notable pieces that featured in the original 19th century collection return to Manchester including works by such British artists as Gainsborough, Turner, Stubbs, Constable and the Pre-Raphaelites, as well as works by Michelangelo and Rembrandt.

Jonathan Schofield will do a full review of the Exhibition which he describes as ‘absolutely unmissable’ on Monday.

Manchester Art Gallery (Mosley Street, City, 0161 235 8888 www.manchestergalleries.org) Sat 6 Oct – 27 Jan 08.

Cornerhouse Quiz
It’s hard to get the brain functioning sufficiently on a Monday, but if you’ve got to Monday evening and you’re still feeling sluggish of brain pop in to Cornerhouse’s quiz to give it a work out. The arts cinema may be more famous for showcasing great works of celluloid and the three floors of art galleries at the top of the building but every week the bar area witnesses the most cerebral challenge in Manchester. With questions that are a touch harder than most, test your brilliance against whichever team has reigned supreme for the past six weeks (there’s always one). And there’s beer to win too.

Cornerhouse (Oxford St, City 0161 228 7621 www.cornerhouse.org) 8.30pm.

Manchester Camerata
Manchester Camerata chamber orchestra has been entertaining the people of the city and beyond for thirty five years. Only natural that when the Bridgewater Hall was built in the city that they, as well as the Hallé, should get to play there on a regular basis. October’s offering is Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin, Sally Beamish’s arrangement of a lost Debussy’s Cello Suite, Saint-Saens Cello Concerto and Mozart Symphony No.38 'Prague' with conductor Douglas Boyd and solo cellist Steve Isserlis.

Bridgwater Hall (Lower Mosley Street, City 0161 950 0000 www.bridgewater-hall.co.uk) Sat 6 Oct.

Manu Chao
You may be thinking that you don’t know any Manu Chao songs but we’re betting you’ve found yourself humming ‘Bongo Bong’ and ‘Je ne t’aime plus’ having heard these tracks on the radio at some point; they’re the catchiest foreign language tunes since Nena and her balloons. Born in Paris to Spanish parents, Chao’s distinctive mix of jazz, reggae and pop has transcended countries’ boundaries and his ability to sing in many different languages puts us and our barely able to grasp GCSE French linguistic skills to shame.

Manchester Apollo, (Stockport Road, Ardwick. 0870 401 8000 www.livenation.co.uk) ) Mon 8 Oct.

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