Maxine Peake performs PB Shelley’s ‘The Masque of Anarchy’ at MIF July 12-14, 2013

Tickets are on sale at 10am tomorrow. More information on ‘The Masque of Anarchy’:

On 16 August 1819, riven by poverty and disaffected at the lack of assistance offered by the state, 60,000 Mancunians gathered at St Peter’s Field to campaign for parliamentary reform. People came in peaceful protest: men, women and children, carrying picnics and wearing their Sunday best — but that didn’t deter local magistrates from sending an armed cavalry to disperse the crowds and arrest the speakers, killing 15 protestors and injuring hundreds more.

A touchstone event in British history, the Peterloo Massacre and the outrage it spurred ultimately helped to bring about the formation of the trade union movement and the reform of parliamentary democracy. On hearing of the massacre, poet Percy Bysshe Shelley penned The Masque of Anarchy, an indelibly powerful 91-verse epic widely regarded as the greatest political poem in British history.

For MIF, actress Maxine Peake (Shameless, Silk) and director Sarah Frankcom (Artistic Director, Royal Exchange Theatre) will deliver a haunting, provocative new interpretation of this landmark work, as relevant to post-riot, mid-recession Britain as it was when it was first written. The Masque of Anarchy will be staged in the atmospheric Albert Hall, mere steps from the site of the massacre itself.

Use hashtag #MIFMasque

Event Information

Fri 12 July 9.45pm
Sat 13 July 9.45pm & 11pm
Sun 14 July 9.45pm

Albert Hall
Peter Street
Manchester M2 5QJ

Concessions £5 off

Limited availability for registered disabled, senior citizens, students, under 16s and jobseekers

£12 Greater Manchester residents

Limited availability for the lower waged, available on a first-come, first-served, honesty basis

Transaction fee applies

40 mins approx.

Source: quaytickets.ccom

Maxine Peake and Willem Dafoe join Manchester International Festival 2013 line-up

Maxine Peake will star in a stage adaptation of Percy Bysshe Shelley’s poem The Masque of Anarchy, which will directed by Manchester Royal Exchange’s artistic director Sarah Frankcom, as part of this year’s Manchester International Festival.

Photo: Jonty Wilde

The production will be directed by Robert Wilson, whose work The Life and Death of Marina Abramovic featured at MIF in 2011 and also starred Dafoe.

MIF 2013 runs from July 4 to 21 and is financed by public subsidy from organisations including Arts Council England, Manchester City Council and Salford City Council as well as private sponsors. This year, ten new corporate sponsors are supporting the festival.

Alex Poots, MIF’s director, who announced the programme today, said: “From the outset of MIF our backdrop has been the city council here [Manchester City Council]. It’s thanks to them that we have been able to garner the support and confidence of private sector partners within the city and together with all of our partners we have created something that is much greater than the sum of all its parts.

He added: “I wasn’t going to say this, but I am. We are in such difficult times and for me the arts are more important than ever before. I know everyone is suffering cuts and it’s only fair, but to cut the heart out of this society is not the way to do it and I think the arts is part of the heart of that society.

“So I’m so grateful to everyone that has been generous to us and allowed us to commission great artists who can convey what they want to their audience. So it’s a heartfelt thanks to them.”


Tickets are on sale 10am, Friday 1st March via and on 0844 375 2013!

Made in the North BBC Trailer – Original British Drama: The Village

Edit: I added 6 screen captures 🙂 You can take a look at them here:

TV series > The Village (2013) > Made in the North BBC Trailer – Screen Caps

Check out this quick trailer to see a glimpse of The Village which will air on BBC soon:

This looks amazing, don’t you think? Can’t wait for it!

Source: BBC

BAFTA TV Preview: The Village + Q&A with Maxine Peake, John Simm, Peter Moffat and John Griffin – book tickets now!

BAFTA TV Preview: The Village + Q&A

Mon 11 March at 6.30pm at Princess Anne Theatre, BAFTA

Followed by a Q&A with John Simm, Maxine Peake and Peter Moffat and John Griffin

Written by Peter Moffat, The Village is an epic drama series starring Maxine Peake and John Simm, charting the life and turbulent times of one English village across the whole of the 20th century.

The camera never leaves the village. Births, deaths, love and betrayal, great political events, upheavals in national identity, ways of working, rules kept and rebellions made, sex, religion, class, the shaping of modern memory – all refracted through the lives of the villagers and the village. One man, Bert Middleton lives across the entire hundred years and his life story from boyhood to extreme old age provides the narrative backbone. His last great act of remembering is our way in to an examination of our recent past.


Listen to BBC Radio 3’s Words and Music – “Hidden”

Listen to it here 🙂


A sequence of poetry, prose and music on the theme of concealment and the invisible.
Alex Jennings and Maxine Peake read poems and prose by Lewis Carroll, Edward Thomas and John Clare about secrets, lost things and encrypted meaning. There’s music by Elgar, Bartok, Britten and Poulenc.
Producer: Natalie Steed

Campaign: “The Queen of Brighton Pier” starring Maxine Peake

I just came across this amazing project and wanted to share it with you. But read for yourself below.
There are still 2 weeks left to donate something (a perk for example is a signed DVD by Tony and Maxine) and you will even get your money back if it won’t be enough in the end… sounds good, right?

Award-winning radio and TV screenwriter Tony Pitts has written a moving, poetic short film about revenge and ruined lives, starring BBC1 star Maxine Peake.

Award-winning radio and TV writer Tony Pitts has written a moving, poetic short film in the vein of The Red Balloon (1956), entitled The Queen of Brighton Pier. The film stars Tony and BBC1 Silk star Maxine Peake. It tells the story of Dave Hook-a-Duck, a tattooed bruiser who spends his days drinking and holding back the tears as he bestrides his gaudy kingdom, a muscle-bound monarch. Until one day, he is dethroned by a fragile beauty, a Queen amongst the chips and anger; she’s here to avenge a life ruined, she’s here to right the wrongs, she’s here for closure and coronation.

My name is Manon Ardisson and I’m a young producer used to making short films on a budget. I instantly fell in love with the script, simply because it is at once so poetic and so real, a compelling combination for a three-minutes story. And of course, with actors of the standing of Tony and Maxine attached to the project, I know the story will come to life at its best. I’ve also teamed up with producer John Phillips, who’s got an impressive record of short film productions (among others: Blind Eye 2009 for the UK Film Council Digital Shorts scheme; In T’Vic 2012 for Shoebox Productions) and who has just finished working as script editor on the latest season of Dr Who.

We’ve got a great script, a fantastic cast, and an amazing crew with Phoebe Arnstein as Director of Photography. As you’ve seen from our filmed moodboard, we also have one of the most beautiful locations in England: Brighton Pier. Now we just need the funding to make it happen! Even with the cast and crew working for free, we’re going to need £8,000, which is mostly for the location fee (Brighton Pier alone is £2500 per day!), transporting the equipment, and buying consumables. If you want a detailed budget, just email me at

It’d be great to have you on board! Every contribution will help to make the project happen. And if we don’t get enough, then you’ll get your money back. But I got short format videos in festivals and events before (Rushes 2011; Rotorelief 2012; London Short Film Festival 2013), and I know this project has the potential to go far. So, get on board and let’s make this film!

Also, if you would like to know more about our team, here are a few links:

Tony Pitts, writer / lead actor:

Maxine Peake, lead actress:

Manon Ardisson, producer:

Phoebe Arnstein, director of photography:

Thank you!



Don’t forget to check out the perks for every contribution you make too!

IBMT to release a new CD featuring Maxine Peake

Thanks Sylvia for the heads-up!

The International Brigades Memorial Trust is holding a special event to mark the 75th anniversary of George Orwell’s Homage to Catalonia.

The Len Crome Memorial Lecture, ‘George Orwell: Homage to Catalonia 75 Years On’, will be held on Saturday 2 March 2013 at the Manchester Conference Centre.

The day will include discussions on May Day and the British battalion, the reception and impact of Homage to Catalonia, and the other ILP volunteers. Speakers include Dr Richard Baxell, Professor Paul Preston, Dr Tom Buchanan and Chris Hall while Professor Mary Vincent will chair the event.

The conference costs £10, or £25 with refreshments and lunch (concessions available). The deadline for booking is 31 January 2013.

Further information and booking forms from:

Hilary Jones:; 0161 224 1747

Dolores Long:; 0161 226 2013

The IBMT are also releasing a new CD featuring singer Billy Bragg and actor Maxine Peake to salute the anti-fascist volunteers of the Spanish Civil War.

IBMT CDBragg performs ‘Jarama Valley’, the famous song of the British battalion, and on ‘Brigadista Reprise’ Peake delivers La Pasionaria’s emotional farewell speech to the International Brigades over a dub backing track by The Urban Roots.

The CD is available exclusively from the IBMT and can be ordered for £5 plus £1.99 p&p. Go to the IBMT merchandise page to order.

The International Brigade Memorial Trust was formed in 2002 from the veterans of the International Brigade Association, the Friends of the International Brigades Association, representatives of the Marx Memorial Library, and historians specialising in the Spanish Civil War.

For more information go to:

Information on the CD:

Jarama Valley/ Brigadista Reprise CD Single
Billy Bragg performs the famous song of the British Battalion, plus Maxine Peake delivers La Pasionaria’s emotional farewell speech to the International Brigades with a dub backing from The Urban Roots.


Maxine Peake nominated as Best Actress for BPG Award

Great news everyone, Maxine has been nominated as best actress for a BPG Award! 🙂 Below you can find the press release and the list of all nominees.

The Broadcasting Press Guild is Britain’s professional association of journalists who write about TV and radio, and our awards are the biggest event in our annual calendar. The awards present a rare opportunity to the hacks who vote in them: the chance to be unstintingly nice about the programmes that we select.

I chair the Nominations Committee which, by comparison to the judging processes for other TV awards, has an odd role to play. It neither creates the shortlists, which are published today, nor picks the winners. Both of those things – again, I believe, uniquely to the BPG – are done by democratic votes of all our members. What the Nominations Committee does is to whittle down the entirety of a year of British television, to longlists of 15 to 20 programmes. We invite broadcasters’ nominations of their finest work, but we also add suggestions from our broader membership – and from the nominations committee members themselves.

It was a cold January night when we gathered in Soho for this year’s meeting. But things soon warmed up, with – how shall I put this delicately – divergent views expressed passionately around the table. Our Nominations Committee members have very different tastes – and thank goodness for that – but what they all have in common is a deep and broad expertise in evaluating TV programmes. This year I was joined by Vicky Frost from The Guardian, Steve Clarke from Variety, Alison Graham from Radio Times, Robin Parker from Broadcast, The Guardian’s John Plunkett and Simon Horsford from The Daily Telegraph.

What I realised was that 2012 had been a vintage year for British TV. The biggest scoop of the year – about Jimmy Savile’s unsavoury activities – came from an ITV documentary. Contemporary events had also been parodied with biting skill, in BBC Two’s The Thick of It and Twenty Twelve. And then, of course, there were the Games themselves, from the first strains of Jerusalem in Danny Boyle’s Olympic opening ceremony to the last song by Coldplay as the Paralympics closed. Surely only in Britain do we have not one but two public service broadcasters, of the calibre of the BBC and Channel 4, to put on such a magnificent show. Last year also reaffirmed the scale and quality of the output from Britain’s pay-TV broadcasters such as Discovery Channel, who are supporting the BPG awards.

The BGP Shortlist 2013 – who gets your vote?

Best Single Drama
Best Possible Taste: the Kenny Everett Story (BBC Four)
The Hollow Crown: Richard II (BBC Two)
Loving Miss Hatto (BBC One)
Murder (BBC Two)

Best Drama Series
Last Tango in Halifax (BBC One)
Line of Duty (BBC Two)
Parade’s End (BBC Two)
Sherlock (BBC One)

Best Single Documentary
Arena: Jonathan Miller (BBC Four)
Exposure: The Other Side of Jimmy Savile (ITV1)
London: The Modern Babylon (BBC Two)
Storyville: Fire in Babylon (BBC Four)

Best Documentary Series
Grayson Perry: All in the Best Possible Taste (Channel 4)
Inside Claridge’s (BBC Two)
Meet the Romans with Mary Beard (BBC Two)
Putin, Russia and The West (BBC Two)
Secret History of Our Streets (BBC Two)

Best Entertainment/Comedy
Fresh Meat (Channel 4)
Twenty Twelve (BBC Two)
The Thick of It (BBC Two)

Best Multichannel
Dynamo: Magician Impossible (UKTV/Watch)
Hunderby (Sky Atlantic)
Moone Boy (Sky1)
Stella (Sky1)

Best Factual Entertainment
Great British Bake Off (BBC Two)
MasterChef: The Professionals (BBC Two)
Who Do You Think You Are? (BBC One)
Paul O’Grady: for the Love of Dogs (ITV1)

Best Actor
Roger Allam (Parade’s End, The Thick of It)
Peter Capaldi (The Thick of It, The Hour)
Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock, Parade’s End)
Ben Whishaw (The Hollow Crown: Richard II, The Hour)

Best Actress
Anna Chancellor (Pramface, The Hour)
Olivia Colman (Accused, Twenty Twelve)
Rebecca Hall (Parade’s End)
Sienna Miller (The Girl)
Maxine Peake (Silk, Room at the Top)

BPG Writer’s Award
John Morton (Twenty Twelve)
Sir Tom Stoppard (Parade’s End)
Sally Wainwright (Last Tango; Scott & Bailey)
Steven Moffat (Doctor Who, Sherlock)

BPG Breakthrough Award
Clare Balding, Olympics & Paralympics presenting
Adam Hills, The Last Leg (Paralympics)
Jack Whitehall, Fresh Meat & Bad Education

Once our Nominations Committee had created the longlists, they went to the membership for a first-round vote, which results in the shortlists you see today. There’s then a second-round vote to pick the ultimate winners, which will be announced on March 14 at a glamorous winners’ lunch in central London.

The great virtue of democracy, of course, is that each individual member hopes to see some choices on the final shortlists that they have been cheering all along: I’m delighted to see Sally Wainwright nominated in the writers’ category – and her pitch-perfect drama series about septuagenarian love in my native Yorkshire, Last Tango in Halifax, up for best Drama Series. And the remarkable access of Inside Claridge’s is a worthy nod in the Best Documentary Series category.

Of course, only my fellow members can decide whether they agree and we’ll be all be tweeting on the day, with tweets gathered on the BPG website. So for now, it’s time for me to hang up my chairman’s robes – and wait to find out who, in 2013, will be the worthy Broadcasting Press Guild Award winners.

The BPG awards take place on Thursday 14th March 2013 and are sponsored by Discovery Channel which champions intelligent entertainment. Discovery Networks UK has 12 channel brands in the UK covering factual, lifestyle and entertainment programming.