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Bold Shadows on Manchester's Canals: A Powerful Take on Nick Maynard's 'JUMP' at Hope Mill Theatre

Bold Shadows on Manchester's Canals: A Powerful Take on Nick Maynard's 'JUMP' at Hope Mill Theatre

The early 2000s marked a period of substantial cultural change. We witnessed the introduction of the iPod, Britney Spears' rise to fame, and the growing acceptance of gay rights. It was a time of both growth and tragedy, marked by events such as 9/11 and the Iraq War. These contrasting realities are echoed in Nick Maynard's play "JUMP," set near Manchester's canals, where legend and history converge.

Nick Maynard's "JUMP" masterfully blends elements of light and darkness. Set in present-day Manchester, yet incorporating elements from the early 2000s, the story unfolds on a canal bench, hinting at the city's infamous 'pusher' folklore. The performance opens by addressing the contemporary challenges and darkness in modern gay life and love.

Stewart Dylan-Campbell and Aiden Kane, portraying Rob and Marc, bring the heart of this story to life with genuine emotion and intensity. Their performances underscore Nick Maynard's skill in depicting modern homosexual life against a backdrop of urban myths. The play's fusion of different eras adds depth and complexity, enhancing the narrative's appeal.

Director Scott Le Crass achieves a perfect balance of humour and gravitas in the script. The palpable chemistry between the lead actors highlights the play's theme of lives intertwined by both personal and historical influences.

The intense ambiance of Hope Mill Theatre vividly brings each scene to life, drawing the audience into the story through the use of simple settings and intelligent staging direction. Following "JUMP"'s success, there is high anticipation for Maynard's next play, "Je Suis Charlie," also directed by Scott Le Crass. Scheduled for performance at 53two from March 28th to 30th, tickets are available at roughboymcr.co.uk.

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Published: 30-Jan-2024 (7373)

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