Lord Alan Sugar on stage: Amstrad vs Spectrum rivalry to be portrayed in first Greater Manchester Fringe Festival

By Ian Silvera

Lord Alan Sugar will be one of the ‘stars’ of the first Greater Manchester Fringe Festival starting in July 2012.

The entrepreneur, will be portrayed in the world premiere of a brand new play called Together In Electric Dreams.

The play, written by Daniel Thackery from Oldham, was specially commissioned by the Lass O’Gowrie for the festival and focuses on a meeting between outspoken Sugar and Sir Clive Sinclair in a restaurant in 1986.

The meeting of these two Titans of the 1980s computer scene was when Sugar’s company Amstrad bought out Sinclair’s Spectrum, which had been the world’s best-selling computer.

Daniel, who appeared in the award-winning “Say Can Blues”, plays Sir Clive in a script packed full of incredible detail because it is based on extensive research and interviews with people that worked for both men.

He said: “Alan Sugar and Clive Sinclair are two modern-day icons of British business and technology, and the moment when the former swooped in to save the latter from ruin is an historic but little commented-on encounter.

“Hopefully, as we play out the drama of Sir Alan and Sir Clive, we’ll provide a flashback to an extraordinary time and do justice to two men who captured the spirit of the age – all on the 30th anniversary of Sir Clive’s landmark invention, the ZX Spectrum.”

Ten venues in Manchester and Salford are linking up for the very first time to host the inaugural Greater Manchester Fringe Festival in July.

Fringe festival events will include drama premieres, live music, dance, stand-up comedy, visual arts, literature and workshops.

The Outstanding Brewing Company of Bury have come on board to provide a bespoke festival ales that will be available in bottle, draft and keg.

Jeremiah Weed are also sponsoring the festival.

The dedicated ticketing service will go live towards the end of May through Quay Tickets, with 10,000 copies of the festival brochure being distributed throughout Greater Manchester.

Friends of the Festival will be able to get priority booking when ticketing portal opens in May and a discount on food and drinks at participating venues throughout July 2012.

Participating venues are:

Black Lion, 65 Chapel Street, Salford M3 5BZ.

The Dancehouse, 10 Oxford Road, Manchester M1 5QA

Fab Cafe, 111 Portland Street, Manchester M1 4RJ

King’s Arms, 11 Bloom Street, Salford M3 6AN

The Lass O’Gowrie, 36 Charles Street, Manchester M1 7DB

O’Shea’s, 80 Princess Street, Manchester M1 6NF.

SandBar, 120 Grosvenor Street, Manchester M1 7HL.

Satan’s Hollow, 101 Princess Street, Manchester M1 6DD

Taurus Bar, 1 Canal Street, Manchester M1 3HE.

Tiger Lounge, 5 Cooper Street, Manchester M2 2FW.

Any venues, writers, producers or artists that want to get involved can visit or email [email protected]


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