HALLOWEEN HORROR AS DR BLOOD VISITS SALFORD QUAYS FOR A DELICIOUSLY DARK OUTDOOR TRAVELLING SHOW NEXT MONTH
Salford's very own Lowry Theatre will welcome a new production next month, with an outdoor performance that promises to be 'raucous and deliciously dark'.
Dr Blood's Old Travelling Show will premiere outside at the Salford theatre on Saturday October 17, with two shows in one night and all proceeds going to support the venue.
It comes from theatre company Imitating the Dog and Leeds Playhouse, who recently created a stage adaptation of George A. Romero's classic zombie film Night of the Living Dead.
Dr Blood's Old Travelling Show promises to be a similarly spooky performance, drawing on elements of the classic horror film genre as well as carnival and medicine shows. The 30 minute production has been created specifically to be performed in outside spaces.
In the twilight show, Dr Blood will tell a dark and captivating story about the price paid for ambition, hypocrisy and greed.
The piece has been directed and written by Imitating the Dog's co-artistic directors Andrew Quick and Pete Brooks, and will fuse live performance with digital technology.
Andrew Quick said:
"It’s a strange time to be making a new show but we are really looking forward to meeting the new challenges of creating work in the present conditions.
"We felt it was important to keep going and create a piece that was not only magical and entertaining but will abide by social distancing guidance and be COVID 19 safe.
"It will be a challenge to make but it is a hugely entertaining production that is scary in parts but also full of fun, with some deep and dark themes running through it.
"We’ll be using screen and camera technologies for which we are known and I just can’t wait to share with audiences at The Lowry that have supported us over the years and for us all to come together and experience all the joys of live theatre outdoors."
In its 20 year history, Imitating the Dog has also been behind productions of Hotel Methuselah, A Farewell to Arms, Heart of Darkness and most recently the Night of the Living Dead ™- Remix.
Tickets for Dr Blood’s Old Travelling Show are priced from £5 and can be booked online at thelowry.com.
The shows are recommended for ages 14+ and will take place on Saturday October 17 at 7.30pm and 8.30pm.
Salford community groups have pulled together to help local families have a safe and happy half term, Halloween, Bonfire Night and Diwali.
With new Tier 3 restrictions on households mixing to combat rising coronavirus infection rates and the cancellation of organised firework displays, Salford City Council has created a ‘Celebrate Safely’ section on its website at www.salfordgov.uk/celebratesafely .
It features videos ranging from how to make salt dough, hold a poetry race or make a shadow puppet to gruesome Halloween recipes and even tips on how to make sure wildlife benefits from your left-over pumpkin.
Local crafter Lexi Jones has created a step by step tutorial on how to paint a rock for Halloween that can then be hidden for others to find as part of the Salford Rocks Facebook group challenge.
The page also has safety information around fireworks and a video signposting people to advice on how to help pets cope with Bonfire Night. The council is also sharing fun ideas every day on its Twitter and Facebook feeds.
Deputy City Mayor Councillor John Merry said:
The groups which contributed are:
Art with Heart
The Lighthouse Church
Kids Club Screen Stars
Salford Community Leisure
Oasis MediaCityUK Community Hub
And Lifecentre Salford which co-ordinated the project with support from Salford CVS.
Salford Community Leisure also has a range of events including a half term football coaching camp, spooky afternoon teas, pumpkin painting and a scarecrow trail at Ordsall Hall, a day time trail or an after dark virtual tour of Lark Hill Place and a ‘spooktacular’ Halloween swim at the Helly Hansen watersports centre.
For more details and bookings please see https://salfordcommunityleisure.co.uk/whats-on/
Full listing for Salford Community Leisure events:
October Half Term Football Camp – SCL & Foundation 92 at Salford Sports Village
Monday 26 to Friday 30 October, from 10am to1pm.
£10 per day, £42 for the full week, suitable for ages 7 – 12 years.
A brand-new football camp, operated in partnership between Salford Community Leisure and Foundation 92. Offering children aged 7-12 the chance to get active and out on the pitch for some quality coaching from qualified instructors.
There are also fun prizes up for grabs throughout the week, including SCFC shirts. Kids will have a great time and parents will have peace of mind, with qualified coaches, state of the art facilities and COVID-19 procedures in place.
Family Halloween events
Children’s Halloween Afternoon Tea at Salford Museum & Art Gallery
Saturday 17 October to Sunday 1 November 2020, 1pm to 3pm
£8.95 per person. Book required.
Bring your little ghouls for an afternoon tea treat at Salford Museum & Art Gallery this Halloween. The spooky selection includes sandwiches, a choice of soft drink, gingerbread skeleton, ghostly traybake and a slice of toffee apple cake.
Halloween Scarecrow Trail at Ordsall Hall
Sunday 18 October to Sunday 1 November, various times. £2 per children
Join the hunt for a rag-taggle gang of mischievous scarecrows who have gathered in the gardens at Ordsall Hall this October for their annual meet up. Book a 30 minute slot to find 10 scarecrows hidden in the gardens and draw each scarecrow.
Pumpkin Painting at Ordsall Hall
Sunday 25 October 2020, 11.30am and 2pm
£10 per child, suitable for ages 7 and above.
Get into the Halloween spirit with our annual Pumpkin Painting workshop in the spooky surroundings of Ordsall Hall. Paint a real pumpkin with acrylic paints in a variety of designs, ready to pop outside your house for autumn pumpkin trails.
Spooky Afternoon Tea in Ordsall Hall’s Great Hall
Sunday 25 October and Sunday 1 November 11.30am and 2pm.
Adults £15.00 | Children £7.00 | Deposit £15.00
A frightfully delicious Spooky Afternoon Tea in the Haunted Surroundings of Ordsall Hall, home to most famous resident ghost, Margaret Radclyffe aka The White Lady.
Enjoy sandwiches, Halloween themed cakes and hot pot of tea or coffee for each booker. We also are offering a “Little Terrors” option for children, which will consist of a smaller portion of cakes and sandwiches and a horrifying slime green soft drink.
A Halloween Half Term Visit at Salford Museum & Art Gallery
Tuesday 27 October to Sunday 1 November 2020, 11:30am – 3 pm
FREE, donations welcome | £2 for a spooky trail | Booking required
Explore the Victorian street, Lark Hill Place all decorated for Halloween, with lots of spooky things to spot! Have a go at our trail – Find Famine! to spot tiny copies of one of our best-loved paintings ‘Famine’.
Lark Hill Halloween: The Darkness and Dangers Virtual Tour
Saturday 31 October 2020, 6:30pm – 7:30pm. £5 per person
Close the curtains, lower the lights and log on for a virtual tour through to the darker side of Lark Hill Place. Delve into the terrors of yore in this humorous and macabre walk down the street decorated with Halloween objects from within the museum’s collections. With a Museum tour guide to show all the sights and sounds from the comfort of your own home, it’s the perfect socially distanced solution for those looking for some history with their scares.
Spooktacular Halloween Swim at the Helly Hansen Watersports Centre Thursday 29 October £20
Spooktacular Open Water Swim in the dark at Salford Quays. 300m and 500m course. Price includes Spooky Halloween Swim Cap, glow stick, hot drink, hot soup/roll. A safety team will be keeping you safe in the water.
The Lowry to re-open its galleries at weekends from 1 November : Permanent LS Lowry collection and new 'Days Like These' exhibition on display
The Lowry will re-open the doors of its galleries next month for the first time since March.
Opening to the public at weekends from Sunday 1 November, visitors will be able to enjoy the permanent LS Lowry collection and a new exhibition documenting the lockdown experiences of people from Salford entitled 'Days Like These'.
Both exhibitions are free of charge and will be open 11am – 4pm.
COVID-19 prevention measures will be in place across the galleries, including:
• Compulsory face masks
• Social distancing in operation
• Hand sanitising stations
• One-way system throughout building
• Timed entry
• Temperature checks on arrival
Julia Fawcett OBE, chief executive of The Lowry, said:
Days Like These features paintings, photographs, films and poetry contributed by some of the 245,000 residents of Salford – from empty streets and the joy of reuniting, to the impact on frontline workers and the challenges of being alone.
Contributions are still being accepted. More information about how to submit your work can be found here.
The Lowry galleries are named The Andrew and Zoe Law Galleries in recognition of the couple’s £1m donation to the arts centre, which is a registered charity.
MediaCityUK and award winning design studio HemingwayDesign have announced plans to bring Box on the Docks at Christmas to the creative and digital hub following a successful summer season which has seen thousands of visitors enjoying socially distanced dining within 30 art adorned sheds and greenhouses since the beginning of August.
The initiative which supports two industries hit hard by Covid-19 – hospitality and the arts. The self-contained socially distanced dining boxes have created a new and original way for people to socialise safely outside the home and have brought colour, fun and festivity to the community after a tough few months.
The project has surpassed expectations with MediaCityUK now inviting local artists and designers to submit festive inspired designs for the pods. Dependent on local and national Government guidelines ‘Box on the Docks at Christmas’ will launch at the end of November.
With support from the Salford Culture and Place Partnership, to date 15 artists have had their work showcased at ‘Box on the Docks’ and applications are now open for the next wave of creatives to put forward their design proposals.
Kate Hadfield, from MediaCityUK based Carbon Creative, whose team produced the ‘BeatBox’ pod in which The Dockyard served hundreds of customers throughout August and September said:
Simon Leroux, from Manchester Street Poem - an arts project telling the stories of the city's marginalised communities in their own words, said:
Michael Jebelli, Managing Director of independent plant-based eatery, Vertigo, which launched in MediaCityUK as lockdown restrictions eased said:
Josie Cahill, Place Director for MediaCityUK said:
Wayne Hemingway, co-founder of HemingwayDesign added:
For details on the full brief and how to apply please visit https://www.boxonthedocks.co.uk/