HOME   ARCHIVE   GALLERY   SHOP   ABOUT US      
 

 
THE SALFORD BELLES BRINGS THE KITCHEN SINK AND SEX TO GM FRINGE
 

Star date: 9th July 2017

GRITTY REALISM MEETS SALFORD WOMAN POWER

The Salford Belles
Monday 17th-Saturday 22nd July 7:30pm
Hope Mill Theatre £14

Gritty kitchen sink drama and dark humour punctuate The Salford Belles, an adult only tale of three Salford women who yearn for a change after a lifetime of cooking, cleaning, and caring in cobblestone land. It's like Sixties Coronation Street goes feral, as Ian Leslie discovers.

Full preview here...


'Living on the breadline in the backstreets of Salford was never destined to be glamorous but after a lifetime of cooking, cleaning, caring and conspiring, Queenie, Mary and Martha are at their wits end. They yearn for change – but at what cost?'

The Salford Belles is a tantalising play that is jam-packed with gritty realism and top quality northern references. It seems the perfect fit for the GM Fringe as it fuses many elements of classic local drama. Shelagh Delany's A Taste of Honey and aspects of vintage Coronation Street are evident in this punchy drama.

The Salford Belles affectionately looks back at a bygone era. It's a distinctly working-class tale that focuses on the struggles faced by three strong Salfordian ladies in a spirited, kitchen-sink drama that will resonate with fans of great comedic dramas like The Royle Family and Billy Liar. It is a well observed and nuanced piece that will pull at the heart strings, but also deliver dry, and at times, bawdy local humour. 

Director Sebastian Shaw, who has many successful roles under his belt already, including Bobby in Emmerdale, is buzzing with excitement about his imminent Greater Manchester Fringe Festival debut... "It's all new and exciting but I can't wait to bring The Salford Belles to Hope Mill."

With a strong TV and theatre background, Sebastian decided to set up LS Theatre Productions in 2008. It's an independent theatre company with a growing reputation for creating unique and diverse pieces. Sebastian uses his knowhow to breathe life into interesting stories, and give opportunities to other talented performers.

They have a great ethos that encourages grass-roots performers to share the stage with well-known actors. Many familiar faces have graced the stage in LS Theatre Company plays. Past performers include Carley Stenson (Hollyoaks, Legally Blonde, Shrek), Olivier nominated actress Rachel Leskovac (Coronation Street, Accused), Danielle Steers (Beautiful, Legally Blonde, We Will Rock You) and Charlotte Tyree (This Is England 86) along with countless others.

I asked Sebastian what the audience can expect from The Salford Belles... "The audience can expect a real nostalgic trip down memory lane, mixed with the warmth of old Corrie and its larger than life characters. The play has the grit of the raw humour of the Kes and Rita, Sue and Bob, too."

The Salford Belles has all the ingredients for a great, unpretentious night out. It promises to be a no-holds-barred yet emotive drama. It is an authentic tale with believable and identifiable characters. The show also contains realistic and natural dialogue, so be prepared for adult language and some fittingly, lewd humour.

Or, as the blurb states...'Join the Salford Belles in Jack Land Noble's hilarious dark comic soap opera and discover what goes on behind closed doors...when the washing's brought in from the rain and the curtains are drawn. One thing's for sure, a woman's work is never done!'


The Salford Belles
Monday 17th-Saturday 22nd July 7:30pm
Hope Mill Theatre
Hope Mill
113 Pollard Street
 Manchester M4 7JA

Tickets £14 – click here to book

Contains strong language and adult humour.


Words by Ian Leslie

Please enter your comment below:
 
 
 
Brexit Salford
stephensons ad 1
Salford Star Hoodies
Salford Star contact
Deli Lama
advertisement
 
Contact us
phone: 07957 982960
Facebook       Twitter
 
 
Recent comments
article: FIVE CANDIDATES TO STAND IN SALFORD LANGWORTHY BY-ELECTION
See comments below re Wilson Nkurunziza...I think you are all being a bit harsh on Mr Nkurunziza - the two companies you refer to ... [more]
article: FIVE CANDIDATES TO STAND IN SALFORD LANGWORTHY BY-ELECTION
Are we sure Labour's Nakurinziza has directorships? Was them declared in 2016 when moving into the social housing high rise block ... [more]
article: ‘FORCE’ PEEL HOLDINGS TO OPEN SALFORD LIFTING BRIDGE SAYS IRLAM COUNCILLOR
Typical Salford council half asleep until the last minute. Why was this not sorted out in advance?... [more]
article: FIVE CANDIDATES TO STAND IN SALFORD LANGWORTHY BY-ELECTION
Never seen Labour's bloggers flood out of the woodwork as fast. Looks like the word has gone out to get Felse. They look terrified... [more]
article: FIVE CANDIDATES TO STAND IN SALFORD LANGWORTHY BY-ELECTION
Wilson has been active helping people in pendleton langworthy and ordsall for a longtime i am pleased to see him standing and wish... [more]
 
 
 
 
 
Days
Hours
Minutes
Seconds
 
 
 

Donate

Help the Salford Star...

all donations welcome

 
 

More articles...

MANCHESTER CHRISTMAS SHOPPER SHOCKER AS ‘THERESA MAY’ AND CO TAX RAIN, SMALL CHILDREN AND PUPPIES

Star date: 18th November 2017

MANCHESTER PEOPLE'S ASSEMBLY SUGGESTIONS FOR TORY BUDGET TAXES ON SANTA AND CARING THOUGHTS

Market Street in Manchester City Centre became a showcase for Tory Government pre-budget suggestions this afternoon, with 'Theresa May' and 'Philip Hammond' liking the idea of taxing everything from the northern rain to Santa himself.

It was all part of a Bodge The Budget performance from Manchester People's Assembly, and a pre-amble to the organisation's big Eve of Budget Rally to Shine A Light On Tory Failure, this Tuesday 21st November at 6:30pm, at GMex.

Full details here...

PENDLETON SIXTH FORM COLLEGE GRAPHIC DESIGN EXHIBITION

Star date: 18th November 2017

EX STUDENTS, CURRENT STUDENTS AND POTENTIAL FUTURE STUDENTS INVITED TO SPECIAL SHOWCASE

Pendleton Graphic Design Alumni Exhibition
Tuesday 21st November from 5:30pm
Pendleton Sixth Form College

After a fire hit the Graphic Design Department at Pendleton Sixth Form College 18 months ago, the place has risen from ashes with new state-of-the-art facilities. And to celebrate, next Tuesday, successful former students will holding an exhibition; a "must-see show for any aspiring designers or anyone interested in creative arts and design" state the organisers.

Full details here...

REVEREND RACCOON CONVERTS THE KINGS ARMS SALFORD

Star date: 18th November 2017

SPIRITUAL SALVATION NOT GUARANTEED BY REVEREND RACCOON

The Life and Crimes of Reverend Raccoon
Monday 20th November 7:30pm
The Kings Arms £5/£4

Loss, faith and spiritual quackery are explored in The Life and Crimes of Reverend Raccoon, that plays out at The Kings Arms on Monday. It's a one man dark comedy that parodies the archetypal tv preacher, as Ian Leslie discovers.

Full details here...

FIVE CANDIDATES TO STAND IN SALFORD LANGWORTHY BY-ELECTION

Star date: 18th November 2017

TWO MAIN PARTIES PLUS GREENS, LIBDEMS AND INDEPENDENT STAND IN LANGWORTHY

Five candidates have put themselves forward to stand in the Langworthy by-election which takes place on Thursday 14th December. Joining the Conservative and Labour Party are the Greens, LibDems and Michael Felse standing as an Independent.

Full details here...

CORONATION STREET GORE FEST SLATED IN NEW POEM

Star date: 18th November 2017

HORRORNATION STREET CALLS ENA SHARPLES TO THE RESCUE

What would Tony Warren think of Coronation Street, 2017 style? Dave Bishop, who actually stood in a by-election on a manifesto of scrapping the Street and its depressing storylines, has written a short poem...

Full details here...

 



written and produced by Salfordians for Salfordians
with attitude and love xxx