North Manchester FM 106.6, as a community radio station, is all about getting people involved in their local communities.
As part of this we offered a local resident the opportunity to review a play at Home in central Manchester which you can hear on tonight’s Ray Bowles M40 Show from 4pm.
Home is an arts complex in Manchester that includes theatres, cinemas and art gallery space.
Letters to Morrissey is a one man show written and acted by Gary McNair drawing on his memories of growing up in a small town Scotland and dealing with life’s problems looking to Morrissey (solo artist and former lead singer of Manchester’s The Smiths) for guidance and support.
In the play Gary takes on a number of roles including his schoolboy self, a counsellor and a best friend.
Whilst covering serious issues such as domestic violence, the play manages to be moving and funny.
For fans of Morrissey and The Smiths there’s great use of their music and fans will enjoy spotting the Morrissey lyrics and references scattered throughout the play.
For Kirsty, who is not a Smiths/ Morrissey fan this was her first experience of watching theatre at Home.
Here’s what she had to say:
On Tuesday night I was invited to the opening show of the play “Letters from Morrissey ” by Gary McNair.
Not being a huge Morissey fan I was a bit apprehensive about whether or not I would enjoy it but I have to say I was very surprised.
Gary executed a fantastic performance. It was funny, moving and kept my attention from start to finish. It was loud, it was quiet and you didn’t have to be a fan to get it. Would definitely recommend it as something different to go and see. It’s not overlong either at 65 minutes.
Tickets £12.50 (full price/ concessions available).
Home, 2 Tony Wilson Place, Manchester, M15 4FN
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