On Saturday 14 July 2012, Box of Tricks will launch its new late-night cross-art underground party COUNTERCULTURECLUB in the Northern Quarter’s 2022NQ creative space. A first for Manchester, the event will host a collection of independent music, spoken word, comedy, visual art, theatre and DJs.
Smashing the fourth wall, and bringing down the house, COUNTERCULTURECLUB will host a diverse collection of performance from Manchester’s independent arts scene. The line-up includes the award-winning performance poet Ben Mellor (winner of BBC Radio 4′s National Poetry Slam 2009), Today is Yesterday’s Tomorrow (one-page plays from the very best emerging playwrights), illustration and film from art collective Generic Greeting and local bands The Spiels and Sam Haine & the Bloodflames.
The night is hosted by Box of Tricks, a new writing theatre company committed to developing and producing the best new work around; discovering, nurturing and promoting the next generation of artists. Adam Quayle, Joint Artistic Director and Co-Founder of Box of Tricks, says: “The idea behind COUNTERCULTURECLUB is to offer the unique opportunity to experience many different strands of the arts and entertainment scene, in a non-traditional environment. Rather than go out simply to a gig, a club or a comedy night, people can enjoy theatre, art and poetry, alongside live music and stand-up, with a DJ set to finish off the night. We hope they’ll take a chance and discover a whole new appreciation for live performance. It’s the thinking man’s Saturday night!”
Praise for Box of Tricks:
“Original and ambitious” ~ British Theatre Guide
“A bold piece of work” ~ Time Out Critics’ Choice: Show of the Week (Streetlights and Shadows)
“Lovely moments… intensely delightful… Thought provoking” ~ Telegraph (Whispering Happiness)
Sam Haine and the Bloodflames: Live Music
A Manchester based band who mix complex melodies with lyrics of melancholy humour and invention. facebook.com/TheSamHaine
The Spiels: Live Music
Edgy, dark, beaty, folky, sweet, electro, acousticy melancholia.
Box of Tricks: Theatre ~ Today is Yesterday’s Tomorrow
One-page plays from the next generation of new writing – each opening with either ‘Today’, ‘Yesterday’ or ‘Tomorrow’.
Ben Mellor: Spoken Word
Ben is an award-winning slam poet (BBC Radio 4 Slam Champion 2009, Dike Omeje Slam Poetry Award 2008), writer and actor who has performed his work at theatres, festivals, schools and young offender institutes nationally and internationally. benmellor.net
Norris & Parker: Sketch Comedy
Funny Women Semi-Finalists 2012
Ridiculous comedy with a dark and surreal twist brought to you by the double act Norris & Parker. facebook.com/norrisandparker
Matt Tiller: Comedy
“Hilarious” ~ New Statesman
A quirky musical comedian who plays stand up clubs and music venues across the country. Blending a mix of one-liners, songs and stand up he has won audience appreciation and critical acclaim in clubs and at festivals nationwide, including the Edinburgh Fringe. tillerpop.com
Generic Greeting: Short Film, Art and DJ Set
Generic Greeting is a young Manchester creative collective, combining music, design, illustration, film, video production and photography. They will bring stuff for the eyes and ears, with an exhibition of their illustration, the first public screening of ‘Solace’ a new film by Liam Healy and a DJ set.
Myk Nolan (Funkademia): Late-night DJ
For more details about Box Of Tricks and COUNTERCULTURECLUB visit their website: Box Of Tricks
COUNTERCULTURECLUB is being sponsored by Caorunn Gin and Vedett Beer.
For tickets head to Skiddle here.