Best Things to do in Manchester This Week: 28th April - 4th May 2020

Including live concerts from home, Frankenstein, Star Wars, Willy Wonka and... La Discotheque!

By Manchester's Finest | April 28th '20

Manchester’s Finest Home Concerts
Tuesday 28th April – Fliss
Friday 1st May – PROSE
We’ve decided to start streaming our own concerts during this quarantine period – featuring artists at home performing for us all… at home. We started last week with Josh Noble from Larkins and we’ll be continuing this week with Fliss on Tuesday and PROSE on Friday night. Both home-grown Manchester talents – these will be intimate performances well worth a watch. For all of the information – click the link below…

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Sayin? Half Moon Live Stream
Thursday 30th April
Since starting on the tail-end of 2019, Sayin? hasn’t really had the easiest time with it – as the COVID-19 pretty much decimated any form of event for the coming year, meaning their unique and intimate blend of spoken word and poetry will have to go on the back burner now for ages. Well, actually that isn’t entirely true because this week they’re going to try their hand at a live stream – allowing you to watch poets, rappers, wordsmiths and philosophers from your very own home.

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The National Theatre: Danny Boyle’s Frankenstein
Thursday 30th April & Friday 1st May
The National Theatre have been releasing plays from their archives on YouTube during the whole COVID-19 lockdown and this week sees them unveil one of their biggest and best productions in recent years – Danny Boyle’s version of Frankenstein – starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller. The reason the play is on over two nights is because the two actors famously alternated the roles of Victor Frankenstein and his monster – so you can watch them both at work in the different parts on each night. Fun eh?!

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Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory on Netflix
Friday 1st May
Each week I look at what’s coming up on Netflix for this Things To Do section and most weeks there’s not much of interest. This week is different though – as the Back to the Future trilogy returns in all of its streaming glory. Why have I put Willy Wonka as the title and images then? Well, people seem to really like Willy Wonka – but personally I think it’s terrible. It’s too weird. First of all, it looks like it’s been filmed in Germany, yet they’re all clearly English or American, and then Charlie’s mum sings that terrible song while she’s doing the washing up with a stick. Rubbish.

 

La Discotheque
Saturday 2nd May
Ohhh lordy – it’s back! The city’s biggest, best and most extravagant disco night is here and this Saturday they’ll be tearing it up on the United We Stream platform for a whole 10-hour stream! They’re announcing the line-up today so I don’t have it for you yet – but rest assured – it’ll be its usual excellent self. They’re also hosting La Pisscotheque – which is basically a party in a bog – and it’s brilliant.

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Queeriosity Unplugged
Saturday 2nd May
Another massive party this weekend, Queeriosity Unplugged is a 4 hour drag festival held over on Twitch – a massive cabaret extravaganza hosted by the splendid Donna Trump. Apparently, they had 411 drag queens apply to be on the line-up, which they’ve whittled down to a seriously impressive 40 – all squeezed into a tidy 3 hour slot. Nice.

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Murder Mystery Online: Race to Mars
Sunday 3rd May
I did a murder mystery once and it was an absolute disaster. It was for a Christmas party and to be fair everyone dressed up really well – all looking the part of a rag-tag group of people from the 20s who had been invited to a dinner party just outside Cheadle. The only problem was that we all got way too pissed up – helped in part by our good friend Buckfast – and so all struggled to keep up with the actual murder bits. To this day I still don’t know who the killer is – or my character’s name. Ah well. This one should be much less messy though – although judging by how much I’ve been drinking during quarantine – maybe not.

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Isolation Drag Bingo with Charlie Hides
Sunday 3rd May
Everyone is going bingo crazy during this quarantine period and it’s not hard to see why. It’s fun, it’s easy and if you win – it’s the best feeling ever. This Isolation Bingo event will be hosted by legendary drag queen Charlie Hides – star of Season 9 of Ru Paul’s Drag Race – so she knows a thing or two about entertaining the masses. It’s only a fiver to enter too (with some great prizes).

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Star Wars Day
Monday 4th May
“May the Fourth Be With You” – geddit?! Well, it’s Star Wars Day and we’re all locked up in quarantine so guess what? Get all of them bloody films on! I suggest that you do them chronologically in order of when they came out, starting with the 1977 ‘A New Hope’, doing the original trilogy, then heading back 35 years for ‘The Phantom Menace’ and the prequels, finishing 30 years later with ‘The Force Awakens’ and the sequel trilogy. Oh shit – don’t forget Solo and Rogue One – both of which are set between ‘Revenge of the Sith’ and ‘A New Hope’. I’ll stop now. Bye.