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Axis Season kicks off with Theatre, Poetry and Dance

Axis Arts Centre in Crewe promises a strong season of contemporary performance for Autumn 2017

Axis Arts Centre brings theatre, dance, music and spoken word to Crewe and surrounding areas. All shows are open to the public. The 2017 Autumn Season includes performances, exhibitions and writer events both on and off campus. The Season begins with three distinctly different evenings - drama, performance poetry and dance.

imitating the dog, one of the UK’s most original and innovative theatre companies bring their latest show Nocturnes to Crewe on 5 October.

Following its premiere at Edinburgh Fringe in August, where it was selected to be part of the British Council showcase, ambitious and visually exciting Nocturnes is a multi-media twist on a 50’s spy thriller set during the height of the cold war.

Two operatives holed up in a Berlin apartment in the Russian Zone await instructions. As time passes their relationship to each other and to the orders they receive from their superiors falls apart. Performed on what appears to be a film soundstage, two actors voice a film they can’t see and never acknowledge. But who is in control? And as the film gathers pace, can the past be changed by present-day actions?

On 10 October there’s an evening of dance when leading contemporary dancer Charlie Morrissey (Siobhan Davies, Sadlers Wells) combines with dance improvisation created specifically for Axis by Paula Hampson. Charlie Morrissey performs two dances from his repertoire and Paula’s piece has emerged from work she has been developing with Bluecoat in Liverpool. Both performers have over 30 years each in their profession.

This is followed swiftly by The Axis Poetry Slam on 11 October. Heralding the return of competitive poetry to the region, a selection of poets bring their best rhymes to the stage, in a battle to be crowned Axis Slam Champ, win cash prizes and be given the chance to feature at other prestigious Slams around the country. Full line-up of poets available on request.

For more information, to arrange press tickets for any of these performances as well as interviews, updates or photos, please contact Clare Simpson on 07713 823691 or email

Listings Information

imitating the dog presents:


Thursday 5 October 2017 7.30pm


Charlie Morrissey & Paula Hampson present:

Dance Double Bill

Tuesday 10 October 2017 7.30pm


Axis Arts Centre presents:

The Axis Poetry Slam 2017

Wednesday 11 October 2017 7.30pm


Axis Arts Centre, Manchester Metropolitan University - Cheshire Campus

Tickets: £8 / £5

Book online:

Book in person: Axis Box Office is open 9am - 4pm Monday - Friday. (Please call to confirm opening on 0161 247 5302 before travelling)



Axis Arts Centre,

Manchester Metropolitan University - Cheshire Campus

Crewe Green Road,


Cheshire CW1 5DU



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