Girl Gang Manchester event

After the sell out success of their first screening, Girl Gang Manchester return with an immersive screening of hit female comedy Bridesmaids. The fully decorated venue plays host to interactive elements from the film and workshops ranging from crafts and creative skill sets to positivity, life practicality and empowerment. With pop up performances, exclusive Girl Gang Manchester party bags, an academic film introduction, film screening and a wedding disco, it truly is the wedding of the year. Audiences are invited to join the gang for an unforgettable evening of sisterhood, skill sharing and silliness.

Girl Gang Manchester is a collective of female artists, activists, academics and party instigators who run immersive screenings, workshops, parties, skill sharing sessions and socials, to create a community of people of all genders in Manchester promoting creativity, collaboration, confidence and positivity, that helps inspire and support women to succeed in life, work and society. Spawned in January 2016 as a sister to Girl Gang Sheffield, Girl Gang have now proudly added a Leeds sisterhood to their ranks.

Programmed as part of Wonder Women, Manchester’s annual feminist festival, Girl Gang Manchester #2 Bridesmaids is a fully immersive, interactive screening transforming the newly opened 53Two into two of the films prime locations; Lillian’s Parisian Bridal Shower and the extravagant wedding reception. This collaborative event aims to create a space for people to be creative, safe, nostalgic and nurtured with friends old and new.

Bridesmaids is a female fronted American comedy co-written by the films star, Saturday Night Live star Kristin Wiig and Annie Mumolo, released in 2011. The film follows Annie’s unfortunate experiences after being asked to be maid of honour at her best friends wedding whilst experiencing a personal crisis of confidence. The film explores the role of women in each other’s live from friendship to competitiveness and everything inbetween. It’s pioneering use of distinctly “unladylike humour” challenges the role of women in popular culture and society.

Workshops will include: improvised comedy; fascinator making; paper flower bouquet making; seeing other women as allies rather than competitors, healthy relationships; self-worth and self-love. Guests will be fully pulled into the world of the film through immersive elements such as cake tasting, a dress up photo booth, chocolate fountains, prosecco bar, Annie’s mom’s caricature stand, table tennis competitions and a bridal hair and nails bar.

Interspersed throughout the event and prior to the film will be segments of the action re-played in live performance from Pull Your Finger Out Productions and Maids of Dishonour, a short play comprised of film quotes and memorable moments popping up amongst the audience. Also pre-cursing the film will be an academic film introduction from Dr Kirsty Fairclough, head of Media and Performance at The University of Salford on the power of funny women, female friendship, adulting and the liscence for women to be crude. Lastly a mass choreographed dance routine, self low vows and a Wilson Phillips singalong make for an unforgettable collective viewing experience.

Following the screening is Wedding Disco with a smooth wedding DJ playing all the puppy love classics after the mother of the bride has gone home. At the end of the night each audience member takes home an exclusive Girl Gang Manchester party bag filled with wedding favours, Girl Gang merchandise, collectable mix CDs to swap and share with friends and wedding programme with details of those involved in the event and female run activity in the Manchester region to continue the ethos of the event well after audiences have left the venue.

Audience feedback from Girl Gang Manchester #1: Mean Girls 'So refreshing to see an event that had something extra than the regular. Just from the first event I can tell that Girl Gang Manchester is going to create a huge platform for women to show off their creative talents, meet new friends and to further their careers. The event was professional and well organised whilst still managing to dedicate attention to the finer details (I mean... handmade and posted invitations? so good!). My highlight has to be singing and dancing my heart out to Chaka Chan's 'I'm Every Woman' at the end of the night with a bunch of lovely women who I have never met before. I can't wait to get involved in the next Girl Gang event!'

Listings information:

Venue: 53Two, Lawrence House, 8 Albion St, Manchester M1 5NZ

Tickets: £15 advance. Over 15’s

Dates: March 11th, 5pm to Midnight. Last entry strictly 8pm

Tickets via link below.

Talk to us: @girlgangmcr #BridesmaidsMCR Facebook: /GirlGangMcr

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story published on  Mon, 27 Feb 2017