Library Theatre Company in association with Ask Property Developments present
12 June - 7 July
- By Jackie Kay, Music composed by Errollyn Wallen, Directed by Wils Wilson
- Presented at Number One First Street
In a lost property room in central Manchester, en route somewhere, six people relate their own personal journeys. Manchester Lines tells stories, reveals fragments of lifelines. It asks: is there an instant when your life changes forever? How consciously do we choose the path our lives take? Do we choose at all? What happens to all the lives we do not live? Welcome to the Lost Property Office of the Soul.
Directed by Wils Wilson and written by the award winning Jackie Kay (Red Dust Road, Trumpet), with music specially composed by Errollyn Wallen (Cautionary Tales, Opera North; One Night, BBC 1), Manchester Lines is created in Manchester, for Manchester. Staged high on the fifth floor of Number One, First Street, Manchester Lines is the most recent of the Library Theatre Company’s intimate and dynamic ‘one chance to see’ theatre experiences. All performances feature community choir specially formed from Manchester residents.
Manchester Lines contains strong language.
Listen to what some of you thought of the show…
And here we look back at our journey and all the lovely things you said about the production…
Manchester Lines Performances
|Tue 12 Jun||7:15pm||Preview||SOLD OUT|
|Wed 13 Jun||7:15pm||Preview||£15|
|Thu 14 Jun||7:15pm||Press Night||£22/18|
|Fri 15 Jun||5:15pm||SOLD OUT|
|Fri 15 Jun||8:15pm||£24|
|Sat 16 Jun||2:15pm||Weekend Matinee||£22/18|
|Sat 16 Jun||7:15pm||£24|
|Mon 18 Jun||7:15pm||£22/18|
|Tue 19 Jun||7:15pm||£22/18|
|Wed 20 Jun||7:15pm||£22/18|
|Thu 21 Jun||7:15pm||SOLD OUT|
|Fri 22 Jun||5:15pm||SOLD OUT|
|Fri 22 Jun||8:15pm||£24|
|Sat 23 Jun||2:15pm||Weekend Matinee||£22/18|
|Sat 23 Jun||7:15pm||£24|
|Mon 25 Jun||7:15pm||SOLD OUT|
|Tue 26 Jun||7:15pm||SOLD OUT|
|Wed 27 Jun||7:15pm||Signed Performance||£22/18|
|Thu 28 Jun||7:15pm||SOLD OUT|
|Fri 29 Jun||5:15pm||SOLD OUT|
|Fri 29 Jun||8:15pm||£24|
|Sat 30 Jun||2:15pm||Weekend Matinee, Signed Performance||£22/18|
|Sat 30 Jun||7:15pm||£24|
|Mon 2 Jul||7:15pm||SOLD OUT|
|Tue 3 Jul||7:15pm||SOLD OUT|
|Wed 4 Jul||7:15pm||SOLD OUT|
|Thu 5 Jul||7:15pm||CALL BOX OFFICE|
|Fri 6 Jul||5:15pm||CALL BOX OFFICE|
|Fri 6 Jul||8:15pm||CALL BOX OFFICE|
|Sat 7 Jul||2:15pm||Weekend Matinee||CALL BOX OFFICE|
|Sat 7 Jul||7:15pm||CALL BOX OFFICE|
Number One First Street
- 1 First Street, Manchester, Manchester, M15 4FN
The home of Manchester City Council – and the venue for Manchester Lines…
Poet Jackie Kay’s tale, despite its heightened quality, has the lightest of lyrical touches… It’s the downbeat, low-key quality of the show that makes it so moving, as it traces the maps of the heart and lexicons of loss, not just of the characters, but – in a wonderful, final coup de theatre – of the audience, too.
The imaginative direction by Wils Wilson creates an anarchic atmosphere in which anything can happen… Not so much a play, more of a celebration… One of the Library Theatre Company’s best.
Highly enjoyable… Jackie Kay was an inspired choice to write the script. I hope she writes more plays soon.
Inventive… All credit to the Library Theatre Company for turning their temporary homelessness into a positive experiment.
‘The company couldn’t be boring if it tried, it just isn’t part of their DNA… An intelligent, grown-up drama.
Sometimes it is not the destination but the journey that counts.
Director Wils Wilson makes magical use of the space, characters and connecting lines… The ending is stunning: It’s a wonderful, uplifting end to the unique Manchester Lines experience.
Full of pathos… Jackie Kay is a wonderful writer, and Manchester Lines is a marvellous celebration of the humanity of ordinary people.
A final alphabetical choral item sweeps you off your fifth-storey feet.
Poetic and quietly miraculous… A show with enough heart and soul.
By the time we leave the [set], the script and the production’s detail and precision, with the skilled performance, have made the experience communal and enlivening.”
Library Theatre Company
- Bettrys Jones
- John Branwell
- Marcquelle Ward
- Dominic Harlan
- Anne Kidd
- Tachia Newall
- Amelia Donkor
- Claire Brown
- Jackie Kay
- Errollyn Wallen
- Wils Wilson
- Amanda Stoodley
- Anna Barrett
- Lighting Designer
- Dominic Harlan
- Musical Director
- Lesley Hutchison
- Movement Director
- Peter Rice
- Sound Designer
- Joshua Azouz
- Assistant Director
Related News & Blog Posts
Manchester Lines director, Wils Wilson tells us about the experience as the production comes to an end this weekend… Read more
Manchester Lines opened to fantastic audience reactions. Have a look at what people are saying about it.… Read more
Manchester Lines is now on at Number One First Street. Watch the trailer here.… Read more
Our Company Stage Manager Jamie Byron tells us about the team’s latest achievement.… Read more
With Manchester Lines opening this week, we thought it was time to introduce you to the creative team behind the production.… Read more
Take a look behind the scenes of Manchester Lines in this short film… Read more
Actress Ameila Donkor plays Shanti in Manchester Lines. She shares her cast experience…… Read more
Want to know where you might have seen the cast of Manchester Lines elsewhere on stage, film, and television? Take a look at their biographies...… Read more
Designer Amanda Stoodley takes us behind the scenes of the Manchester Lines set and you get a sneak peek on how it's all taking shape in our short timelapse video.… Read more
Assistant Director Josh Azouz reports back from Zion Arts Centre and the first week of Manchester Lines rehearsals…… Read more
Our Stage Manager is on the search for lost property for our next production. Can you help him?… Read more