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January 2019

Are you ready for this HOT QUEER line-up of artists from Manchester & beyond?? Our TWO Mother’s Ruin shows as part of TURN ON FEST at Hope Mill Theatre on 18 & 25 Jan are both corker line-ups!!! Gerry Potter Poet, Barbara Brownskirt, Joe Sutherland, Claudia Palazzo, Fat Roland, Tom Halls, Jamaal Monarch, Clare Shaw, Venus Quasar, Rhys Pieces will […]

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December 2019

Gearing up for TURN ON FEST! The 1st year of a new LGBTQ+ festival in collaboration with Hope Mill Theatre, Superbia and Mother’s Ruin. The two Mother’s Ruin events will be Mother’s Ruin: SPEAKS on Sat 18 January hosted by Jackie Hagan and Mother’s Ruin: SHOWS on Sat 25 January hosted by Jonathan Mayor.Thought we’d kick off 2020 with 2 […]

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November 2019

We’re delighted to report our third edition of Mother’s Bloomers at Royal Exchange Theatre was a huge success! All 8 artists who developed new work as part of our Artist Development Programme presented knock-out shows to a full house in the studio space. It was a pleasure to work with these young LGBTQ artists from Manchester and support them through […]

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October 2019

Exciting News! Mother’s Ruin will be working in partnership with Hope Mill Theatre and Superbia to a very exciting new project – TURN ON FEST 2020. This inaugural annual LGBTQ+ Theatre festival, hosted by Hope Mill Theatre and supported by ACE North, will run over three weeks in January 2020 and be a showcase of Manchester-based LGBTQ+ artists, theatre, new […]

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September 2019

We are thrilled to be invited back again this year to present Mother’s Ruin as part of Hasting’s Storytelling Festival 2019. This year, with the theme of Queer Futures, we will be bringing LGBTQ+ artists from the local area and further afield to tell their stories in the own special ways to The Printworks, Hastings on Wed 9 Oct. Last […]

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August 2019

Delighted to announce tickets are now on sale for our next Mother’s Bloomers event at Royal Exchange Theatre on Saturday 16 November. 8 Queer artists from Manchester and the North West will present short bold new works at a night hosted by Fat Roland in the studio space. For this 2019 edition the studio bar will be open before and […]

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July 2019

Thank you to everyone who applied to our Mother’s Bloomers Artist Development Programme 2019. From a strong group of applicants we have selected a fantastic group of Queer artists based in Manchester and the NW who we begin working with later this week. All 8 artists will work towards presenting a new 10 minute work to be performed at Royal […]

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May 2019

“Thank you Mother’s Ruin and all of your wonderful artists and performers fo ra brilliant night of Queer cabaret. Fabulous response, exceptional talent” (The Duke’s Lancaster May 19) Our 1st outing to The Dukes, Lancaster was a huge success! We took a diverse bill of Queer artists from the NW and beyond including Jonathan Mayor, Debs Gatenby, Madame Galina, Rubyyy […]

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March 2019

We are delighted to have received a commission for Queer Contact 2020. Watch this space! Submissions for our next Mother’s Bloomer’s programme will be open during May 2019. The programme will culminate in a performance at Royal Exchange studio November 2019. Date TBA. Please contact news@mothersruin.co.uk to register interest.

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February 2019

We were delighted to present Queer Contact 2019 at Waterside Arts which this year included work from both Mother’s Ruin’s established and regularly programmed artists as well as emerging artists fresh from last year’s Mother’s Bloomers Artist Development Programme. Performing to a discerning and predominantly, but not exclusively, Queer audience in their main space, which included a Who’s Who of […]

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December 2018

Queer Contact 2019 We’re excited to announce that Mother’s Ruin will be back at Queer Contact on Friday 8 Feb 2019. As part of Contact’s In The City programme, this special Queer Contact tenth anniversary show will be held at Waterside Arts, Sale and we’re delighted to present a bumper Mother’s Ruin after our sell-out show there earlier this year. […]

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October 2018

Mother’s Bloomers at the Royal Exchange studio was the culmination of another hugely successful development project for Mother’s Ruin.Ten short bold new pieces of work, hosted by Fat Roland were presented to a sell-out audience in the 90-seater venue. 15 artists from Manchester and the NW had been guided through a process led by both the MR directors over a […]

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Novemeber 2018

Hastings Storytelling Festival Our first outing to Hastings as part of Hasting Storytelling festival at the great new venue Cactus Hounds was a roaring success. Locals packed to the rafters for a Mother’s Ruin show that saw local Queer performers alongside artists we brought down from London. Storytelling, stand-up, drag, poetry, live art, music, highland flings and butterfly wings were […]

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September 2018

A fantastic and inspiring day of rehearsals with this season’s Mother’s Bloomers artists. Obviously we can’t give away to much but suffice to say this is going to be a terrific show with 10 artists bringing a fantastic array of bold new works. Thanks also to the Royal Exchange Theatre for letting us use their Swan Street Studios for the […]

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July 2018

Mother’s Ruin at Waterside Arts This month has seen us deliver a hugely successful Mother’s Ruin show at Waterside Arts as part of their #Refract18 festival. Invited to be part of this exciting ten day programme packed with experiential performance, music and events ‘to challenge visitors to see things differently’, we were thrilled to perform a sell out show to an […]

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November 2017

This month brought us two Bloomers as we headed to Manchester and Stockton rather incredibly in the same week. 14th November We were thrilled and proud to work on our first Mother’s Bloomers event at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester. With avid focus and enthusiasm from our artists who brought a sensational array of politically, poignant and above all […]

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Join Cake Tin Foundation/Mother’s Ruin Board of Trustees

Opportunity to join Cake Tin Foundation/Mother’s Ruin Board of Trustees We are currently seeking to develop our board of trustees for Cake Tin Foundation (registered charity 1139087). This board will also function as a steering/ advisory group for Mother’s Ruin, a company solely owned by Cake Tin Foundation. Mother’s Ruin is a trailblazing producing house that delivers a range of […]

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Free Performance Drop-in Workshop for Oldham and surrounding LGBTQ+ artists

Saturday 30th September 11.30-2.30 at Oldham Coliseum Queer Regional Performance platform Mother’s Ruin are offering an opportunity for new, emerging and established Queer artists to bring and discuss ideas and help develop new work.  This event comes ahead of wider performance opportunities in the area and at Oldham Coliseum in 2018. RSVP news@mothersruin.co.uk More info about us at www.mothersruin.co.uk.  Oldham Coliseum, Fairbottom Street, Oldham, OL1 […]

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Furnace Festival Leeds

We’re also looking forward to going to Leeds’ West Yorkshire Playhouse as part of Furnace Festival. Hot Queer Smithy is a cabaret-cum-debate-cum-party. We’ve invited a bunch of artists from the North West, locally Leeds and Sheffield to come and try some new work out and discuss their locality in relation to their work. Mother’s Ruin believes strongly that your location […]

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ARC Stockton Workshops

Just finished a full day of workshops with local artists at ARC Stockton which saw artists coming from as far afield as Leeds and as close as Thornaby. Interesting to learn more about how the local dynamics work in terms of what’s going on where and perhaps more vitally how people get about to access opportunity. While the local towns […]

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Free Performance Drop-in Workshop

Mother’s Ruin: Free Performance Drop-in Workshop for Teesside & North East LGBTQ+ artists Wednesday 17th May 6.30-9.30pm at ARC Stockton Queer Regional Performance platform Mother’s Ruin are offering a drop-in workshop for new, emerging and established local Queer artists of any persuasion who want to develop new work. This event comes ahead of wider performance opportunities later in the year. […]

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MARCH 2017 Part 2

As a term, ‘regionality’ has cropped up as being slightly problematic as it has been revealed by some to be a very London-centric, patronising view of areas which are ‘not London’ thereby raising questions around issues of otherness and how this fits in with ideas and notions of Queerness or what is Queer. It also transpired that one of our […]

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MARCH 2017

We held our first Performance Development Workshop at Manchester Royal Exchange Studio on the 13th March. We had a really diverse uptake which was not only excellent but included performers as well as writers, spoken wordsmiths, an improvisational character comedian and for the first time, a writer /dramaturg. This opens up a whole new opportunity pool for Mother’s Ruin events […]

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Mother’s Ruin: Free Performance Drop-in Workshop for North West LGBTQ+ artists

Monday 13th March 11.30-3.30 at Manchester Royal Exchange Studio Queer Regional Performance platform Mother’s Ruin are offering an opportunity for new, emerging and established Queer artists to bring and discuss ideas and help develop new work. This event comes ahead of a Mother’s Bloomers event later in the year. Manchester Royal Exchange is at St Anne’s Square M2 7DH RSVP […]

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FEBRUARY 2017 Part 2

Mother’s Ruin happened at Contact’s annual LGBTQ performance festival Queer Contact and we are honoured Queer Contact’s closing bash with a culmination of whimsical, queerly political and undoubtedly slightly tipsy showcase of our favourite local provocateurs to yet another warm and wonderful audience.

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FEBRUARY 2017 Part 1

Mother’s Ruin roaming programme for 2017 confirmed. This year we have programmed a whole season of events at Stockton Arc, through to 2018. We will also be working with West Yorkshire Playhouse Leeds as part of their Furnace Festival. We return to Manchester with a Mother’s Bloomers event at the Royal Exchange and another Ruin at Contact (to be confirmed) […]

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19 Jan Manchester Drag Symposium

Pleased to announce that we will be speaking at Manchester’s inaugural Drag Symposim and running a workshop to discuss regional artists’ needs – a really good opportunity for the team to engage with local artists and ascertain what their priorities are.

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Mother’s Ruin Queer Regional Performance Programme: North West

Calling LGBTQ performers based in the North West looking to develop new work. Mother’s Ruin invites LGBTQ artists of all background and experience to attend an informal workshop at Manchester Royal Exchange on Monday 13th March between noon-4pm.  It’s an opportunity to stimulate ideas, allay fears, meet like minds, and a possible first step to performing at the Royal Exchange later in the […]

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JANUARY 2017 Part 2

It’s been really inspiring not just finding new venues to work with but also people working in venues and not to forget the artists who get what we do and with whom we have established lively dialogues to create a varied and widespread regional programme well into 2018 at Oldham Coliseum and Stockton Arc which will in turn help us […]

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JANUARY 2017 Part 1

Lisa and Tim to contribute to the Manchester Drag Symposium, the first of its kind exploring the history of drag in Manchester through contributions from artists, academics, archivists, performers and many others. The event aims to appeal to a wide range of participants and audience, with something to offer everyone. We’re representing Mother’s Ruin as an artists’ resource, and to […]

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Mother’s on the box dears!

Courtesy of Fat Roland and That’s Manchester.

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JULY 2016

SOLD OUT! Mother’s Bloomers- returns once again to the Kings Arms in Salford for an hour or so of a fantastic mixed bag of alt-drag and performance ranging from the haunting and hilarious. We had a great line up of new and emerging artists held together by our host, the sublime talent that is Fat Roland. Followed by a party […]

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LGBTQ Arts In The North West – A Consultation with Mother’s Ruin: Tuesday 24th February 2015

Mother’s Ruin is a platform dedicated to supporting LGBTQ performing artists, and has been running shows in Manchester and Salford for over 5 years in nationally renowned venues including Manchester Royal Exchange, Contact Theatre, greenroom, Islington Mill and more. The company is planning its 2015/16 programme of activity and we want to hear what artists in the North West’s priorities […]

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Mother’s Ruin in 2014: A Year In Review!

Hello, dears! A belated Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all. Mother spent a few days of absolute bliss with her feet up and a strong G&T in hand for Christmas and New Year, giving her time to reflect on what has been her busiest and best year yet! Nine shows across four different venues in two cities, working […]

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Got A Performance Idea For Mother’s Ruin? Talk To Us!

Do you have an idea for a performance that might work at a future Mother’s Ruin event? Perhaps you have a work in progress that you feel could do with an outside eye? If so, Mother can help! We are planning a number of free Artist Development Workshop days in January and February 2015, offering support to LGBTQ performing artists […]

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