Freedom of Expression graphic for Blue Balloon Theatre 27 September

Freedom Of Expression

Celebrating Manchester's Creative Scene, through Music, Theatre, Burlesque, Poetry, Drag and Comedy
September 10, 2023

Mag North love anyone who can really 'Make it Happen' - and one team of Mancunian specialists who do just that - are marking 7 years of creativity and innovation, and to celebrate Blue Balloon Theatre are inviting us all to an extraordinary revival of Freedom of Expression, the first ever event they produced in Manchester. The evening - on Wednesday 27 September at The Fitzgerald on Stevenson Square is destined to be an occasion to remember, with original music, theatre, burlesque, poetry, drag and comedy to enjoy.

Joining Rebecca and Jas from Blue Balloon will be a formidable line up of Manchester-based talent, sharing their unique and powerful words, whilst keeping to the theme of Freedom of Expression. This event is all about inclusivity, so all performers are invited to say what they want to say in the way they want to say it. After all, Rebecca and Jas tell us that nothing is more powerful than letting our voices be heard (although they have asked our Editor not to volunteer to do any stand-up).

Rebecca Phythian
Rebecca Phythian (Image: Ryan Morrison)

This dynamic Theatre Company is co-run by two working class creatives from North Manchester; Rebecca Phythian, an actor, singer and poet, who founded the company in 2016 and Jas Nisic, actor, singer, songwriter and proud member of the LGBTQ+ community, who joined in 2017.

Between them, the pair are absolutely focussed on creating an inclusive and supportive environment for creatives to work and perform in, regardless of background and experience. They embrace individuality and instil confidence into the North West's creative community by offering accessible events, performances and opportunities to those who may not regularly have access to perform.

Blue Balloon Theatre have previously been nominated for a Saboteur Award for Best Regular Poetry and Spoken Word Event.

Their aim and ethos is to make it happen - and they're doing just that!

Jas Nisic
Jas Nisic (Image: Ryan Morrison)

Audience Feedback from previous events:

"Brilliant night, loved everything! Full range of styles and emotions...and so much laughter" - Poetry in the Park, Heaton Park

"Really loved the diverse talent. All ages and backgrounds - that's what it's all about. Inclusivity" - International Women’s Day, Salford Arts Theatre

"Thank you so much for creating a safe space and supportive atmosphere tonight" - Freedom of Expression #1, Northern Quarter

Reviews from previous events:

☆☆☆☆ "Like honey, her smooth sound doesn’t need too much vocal gymnastics to sound incredible"- We Need To Talk, Greater Manchester Fringe, North West End

☆☆☆☆☆ "A cleverly repetitive polemic that highlights sexism in the medical industry & captures Rebecca Phythian’s anger, despair & desire for change" - Pill, Clapham Fringe, Fringe Biscuit

☆☆☆☆☆ "Rebecca Phythian is an engaging and natural performer. Her performance, while evidently rooted in anger and pain, was executed with a compelling sense of control, grit and charisma." - Pill,

'Freedom of Expression' Wednesday 27 September, Doors 7pm, 7.30-11.00pm (Two Intervals).

The Fitzgerald, 11 Stevenson Square, Manchester M1 1DB

Tickets and info HERE