Maxine Peake among nominees for Manchester Theatre Awards

Congrats to Maxine who is nominated as Best Actress for a Manchester Theatre Award!

Maxine Peake, Imogen Stubbs and Lysette Anthony will battle it out for the title of best actress at the 2012 Manchester Theatre Awards.

Peake has been nominated for her performance in Miss Julie, Stubbs for hers in Orpheus Descending and Anthony for her role in Lady Windermere’s Fan, which all ran at the city’s Royal Exchange Theatre.

Also nominated in the best actress group is Victoria Elliott for her performance in Two – again at the Royal Exchange – and Lucy van Gasse for her part in Wonderful Town at the Lowry.

Meanwhile, in the category for best actor in a visiting production, John Owen-Jones and Robert Bathurst will compete for their performances in The Phantom of the Opera and Blue/Orange respectively. They are up against Ray Fearon for his role as Mark Antony in Julius Caesar and Karl Davies for his performances in Henry V and The Winter’s Tale.

The Royal Exchange Theatre and the Lowry have received the most nominations across all of the 19 award categories, which include best musical, best studio production, best ensemble and groups for dance and opera too.

The Manchester Theatre Awards are chosen by a panel of nine independent regional theatre critics.

Winners will be revealed at an awards ceremony at Manchester Opera House on March 26.

To see the shortlisted nominations in full go to

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Hunger TV: interview with Maxine Peake

Maxine Peake is not your generic pinup – and that is something she would never aspire to be. She turned up on set for her shoot with her hair scraped back, no make-up on and wearing a rainbow-striped jumper under dungarees – and still looked fabulous.

Peake’s subversion of the conventional is exactly why she’s great. She had a turbulent start at the acting fray: early attempts at securing a place at numerous colleges proved fruitless, until she was accepted at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, aged 21. Her granddad, “a massive influence”, told her: “You’ll never make it as an actress, why do you want to go into that profession?” But she recalls this lightheartedly as, she says, “He was the instigator, really, that was what made me interested in doing something creative for a living.”

Bolton-born Peake has since played characters as diverse as rough-as-your-armpits Veronica in Channel 4 drama Shameless and, more recently, barrister Martha Costello QC in BBC legal drama Silk.

Read the rest of the interview here and watch the video on YouTube!

Maxine Peake as narrator on BBC Radio 4 ‘Shedtown’ series 2 – Jan 10, 2013

Happy New Year everyone! 🙂

The first episode of ‘Shedtown’ (series 2) will be broadcasted on BBC Radio 4 next Thursday at 11pm!

Who hasn’t thought about running away from it all at some time or other? Throwing caution to the wind, wrenching oneself out of a long established orbit to head for the deep space of the unknown?

In series two of Shedtown, our wooden icon of escape and isolation – the shed – continues to be a symbol of possibility and change. Our Sheddists arrived and survived – and, now waking from a beach-baked slumber, the familiar residents find faces old and new on the sand.

Episode 1:
Deborah Dearden arrives back at the beach. Not such a stranger – yet stranger still.

Barry……………………….Tony Pitts
Jimmy……………………..Stephen Mangan
Eleanor………………Ronni Ancona
Colin……………………Johnny Vegas
Deborah…………………Emma Fryer
William………………Adrian Manfredi
Diane………………..Rosina Carbone
Dave………………….Shaun Dooley
Father Michael……..James Quinn
Wes………………….Warren Brown
Nell………………………Eleanor Samson

Narrator……………..Maxine Peake
Music………………..Paul Heaton and Jonny Lexus

Written and Directed by Tony Pitts
Produced by Sally Harrison

A Woolyback Production for BBC Radio 4.

Duration: 28 minutes


TV preview: what to expect in 2013 – ‘The Village’

Period drama will get grittier

Forget your dainty Downtons; next year, costume drama gets its hands grubby. Writer Peter Moffat’s new project for BBC1, The Village, stars John Simm and Maxine Peake as an impoverished couple in rural 1920s Derbyshire.


DOWNLOAD: Eccentronic Research Council & Maxine Peake – Black ChristMass

Sheffield’s Eccentronic Research Council, along with actress Maxine Peake, released one of our top albums this year, with the 1612 Underture’s musical inquiry into the story of the Pendle Witch Trials.

As tQ ed John D says, the ERC’s Adrian Flanagan and Dean Honer “conjured up a beguiling brew of elektronische, keyboard led psych, synth pop and analogue ambient to act as the musical accompaniment to a prose poem… a genuinely unhinged, unique and deliciously weird pop album.”

To cap of the year, they’ve delivered us and all you readers an early Christmas present in the shape of ‘Black ChristMass’ (artwork above), which essentially takes the phrase “Merry Christmas” and shoves it where the sun don’t shine. It’s a driving synth pop call to arms to get unfestive, where shakin’ sleigh bells get taken out in the first four seconds and Peake intones “no to the TV ads’ sincere banjo desecrations of alternative hits of the 80s, for the demographic of spoiled, fur-wearing plebeians crying wanking into their mulled wine” over sneering organ and dentist’s drill synth waves, all hurtling to the refrain of “what a load of rubbish”.

Download, and don’t dare glean the faintest hint of mirth while you’re at it, below:

Say the ERC: “We wish you & your reader(s) a strong but beautiful jaw line for 2013 and less tolerance to fucking zany idiots from Eton in Blue ties…

Love, your incredible chums in The North.

Adrian, Dean & Maxine for The ERC.”

The collective will be setting out for a couple of dates next year, on their 1612 Under Tour – here are the dates:

Fri 18 – Queens Social Working Men’s Club, Sheffield
Sat 19 – The Trades Club, Hebden Bridge

Additionally, they were also recently featured on the BBC’s Culture Show – have a watch of the feature below: