The sun’s out, there are bikes buzzing round the Island and it’s Mananan Festival month! What more could you ask from early summer?
We begin with the last opera screening of the current season from the New York Met and it’s the one everyone’s been waiting for! One of opera’s most beloved works, Die Zauberflote (The Magic Flute) receives its first new Met staging in 19 years.
Director Simon McBurney’s lets loose a volley of theatrical flourishes, incorporating projections, sound effects, and acrobatics to match the spectacle and drama of Mozart’s fable.
We also close the curtain on our Midweek Movie season, with Tár, featuring Cate Blanchett’s incredible performance as an orchestra conductor spiralling into crisis. Tár was nominated for six awards, including Best Picture and Best Director, with Blanchett winning Best Actress at the BAFTAs, Golden Globes and Critics’ Choice Movie Awards. We’ve had a few requests for this one, so do not miss!
After the success of the first session, the Southern Gothic Choral Club is back with another workshop for experienced and uninitiated singers taking on an unholy trinity of dark pop tunes.
The Mananan Festival starts a breathless week with a reading by Poet Laureate Simon Armitage, taking on original Manx composition Creeaght, award-winning brass quartet A4, superstar pianist Tim Horton and exuberant folk-fiddlers Rant, before collapsing in a heap on Saturday with the thrilling jazz experience of The Harvey O’Higgins Project. Author Shirley Mann restores order on Sunday, with an afternoon launch of her new novel Bridget’s War. A detailed newsletter about the Mananan events will follow, so watch this space!
On June 16th we’ll be saying goodbye to the familiar faces of Ballabeg Art Group’s portrait exhibition and hello to Jimmy Thistle’s Rustic Rambling photos of the IOM. Come down and feast your eyes and don’t forget to check out The Weekend View, select Saturday openings.
The formidable Port Purlers knitting group meet every Tuesday and this month’s Book Circle selection is Good Morning, Midnight by Jean Rhys.
What a month! We’ll see you very soon.