23 Jul 2012

An encore for Together in Electric Dreams - and kudos for the Sex Olympics

Following excellent reviews ("Altogether a lot of laughs and worth a trip down memory lane" said Elaine O'Flynn in the Manchester Evening News, while the Fiction Stroker's five-out-of-five review can be read here), Together in Electric Dreams returns this week for two final performances in the Manchester Fringe Festival, on Thursday 26th July at 5.30pm and 7.30pm at the Lass O'Gowrie.  Tickets can be booked here.

Watch the Together in Electric Dreams trailer

Listen to the actors discuss the play on BBC Radio Manchester

The top floor are quite satisfied: the Executive (Leni Murphy), Coordinator Priest (Howard Whittock), Misch (Louise Hamer) and Opie (Benjamin Patterson) congratulate themselves in The Year of the Sex Olympics.
Photo by Joanne Fountain
Meanwhile, The Year of the Sex Olympics too has been receiving a great response - very positive reviews from The Fiction Stroker and The Public Reviews, while Speaker to Animals has posted an brilliant in-depth analysis of Nigel Kneale's script here.  The Year of the Sex Olympics is also returning for two final performances on Tuesday January 31st at the close of the Festival.  Tickets are available here.

11 Jul 2012

Curtain up on the Sex Olympics...

Following the success last week of Together in Electric Dreams, Lass O'Gowrie Productions and Scytheplays' next play, Nigel Kneale's The Year of the Sex Olympics commences this Friday at 6.30pm and 9pm in the Greater Manchester Fringe Festival...

Exciting additions to the cast are Phil Dennison as Grels and Michelle Ashton as Keten.  Both are Halo Jones veterans (with several roles each) and are already making their presences felt in the Fringe festival - Phil (who has recently enjoyed success directing Cathy Crabbe's The Bubbler) is also appearing in the Lass O'Connor production of Porridge, while Michelle has written a new play which gets its debut script-in-hand performance on July 17th.  Both shows will be performed at the Lass O'Gowrie.

6 Jul 2012

Together in Electric Dreams' stars on BBC Radio

Yesterday Matthew O'Neill (Alan) and Daniel Thackeray (Sir Clive) visited the BBC Radio Manchester studios at MediaCityUK to discuss Together in Electric Dreams.  You can hear the interview via YouTube here.

Meanwhile, on the same day Elaine O'Flynn reviewed the play for the Manchester Evening News, and her article is reproduced below.

Switch off your iPhones, forget your kindle - it's time to go back to the Eighties, when mobile phones were the size of bricks and Apple was just a fruit.

In the cramped upstairs backroom of the Lass O'Gowrie, Together in Electric Dreams held its premiere performance, as part of the Manchester Fringe Festival.

The play, based loosely on true events, centres around a meeting of two technological juggernauts of their age, Sir Clive Sinclair, maker of the pocket calculators and early home computers, and EastEnder 'boy done good' Alan Sugar, MD of Amstrad.

Set in 1986, the pair meet in a Japanese restaurant to bash out a deal for Amstrad to buy Sinclair Research before the bailiffs come knocking.

Over the hour-long performance we watch a battle of negotiations two very different businessmen.  Daniel Thackeray, also the director, gave an uncanny performance of stern, polite Sinclair - fighting ever so nicely to keep his job - while Matthew O'Neill portrayed a charismatic Sugar, before his Sir Alan days.

Meanwhile Naomi Sumner, who played waitress Akiko, got laughs for her abrupt service style, most of all when she served Sugar a traditional Japanese meal - of bangers and mash.

The dialogue was slick and quick with technical references to computing systems gone by, and brought many a nostalgic laugh - not least when Sugar gets to try his hand at the Sinclair C5, the company's doomed battery powered tricycle.

It was, ironically enough, littered with technical difficulties, but nonetheless was entertaining.

Altogether a lot of laughs and worth a trip down memory lane.

Not a bad review at all!  Many thanks to Elaine for kindly permitting its reproduction.

Together in Electric Dreams - clarification of times for Sunday

Apologies for the confusion, but contrary to previous statements on this blog, on Sunday July 8th Together in Electric Dreams will be performing at 4pm, 6pm and 8pm.  You can still book tickets via the link on the previous entry.

5 Jul 2012

Together in Electric Dreams begins

Together in Electric Dreams began its run at the Lass O'Gowrie last night to great audience enjoyment.  There are further performances planned for today (7pm and 9pm) and Sunday 8th July (2pm, 4pm and 6pm) so be sure to catch it!

Watch the Together in Electric Dreams trailer on YouTube

Naomi Sumner (pictured) has joined the cast as Akiko, the waitress who serves Alan and Sir Clive during their meal.

Naomi has worked as an actor, dancer and circus performer, is a former member of the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain and trained in Community Theatre at LIPA. Since graduating she has worked as a drama and dance facilitator throughout the North of England and set up her own arts workshop agency “All The Skills.”

It has been noted that there have been some problems booking tickets online, so here is a new link that should make things easier...