Three to see this weekend: a movie, a musical and a makers market

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You may have been to a Village Screen film show at Victoria Baths. This weekend, by way of a change, they’re turning up at Gorton Monastery for a very special Valentine’s screening.

Acclaimed musical improvisation troupe The Showstoppers have become a must-see staple of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and are in town for one night only.

And as it’s the second Sunday of the month this weekend, the Northern Quarter Makers Market is back in town.

Watch film classics at Gorton Monastery

The Village Screen is popping up inside one of Manchester’s most historic and spectacular locations this weekend. Step inside the stunning Grade II listed Gorton Monastery with its beautiful stained glass windows and magical candle light. Whether you’re single or coupled up, ditch your usual dinner plans and enjoy a screening of Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo & Juliet on Friday 9 February, an afternoon screening of Sister Act on Saturday 10 February or an evening screening of Four Weddings and a Funeral on Saturday 10 February. A DJ will be spinning the best Valentine’s classics and there will be street food by Dim Sum Su and Shoot the Bull. The bar will be open serving local beers, wines, prosecco and soft drinks plus the Victorian pantry will be serving hot drinks and cakes. Wrap up warm as all food vendors will be situated outdoors. £15 for adults and £12 for concessions.

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Watch an improvised musical at the Palace Theatre

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If you thought improv looks difficult, try doing it in time (and tune) to music. For one night only, the critically acclaimed improvised musical Showstopper! promises a night of surprises. No two nights are ever the same as the UK’s most acclaimed and in-demand musical improvisers The Showstoppers take audience suggestions and then spin a brand new comedy musical out of thin air – stories, characters, tunes, lyrics, dances, harmonies and all – with unpredictable and hilarious results.  With four West End seasons and an acclaimed BBC Radio 4 series to their name, they have taken their ingenious blend of comedy, musical theatre and spontaneity around the globe, picking up accolades and awards as they go. 10th February, The Palace Theatre, 7.30pm.

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Support local indie traders at Northern Quarter Makers Market

Where can you get (deep breath) fresh baked bread, Manchester art, open topped pies, South African biltong, artisan coffee beans, cheese truckles, fresh curry sauces, quirky furniture, stuffed buntzels, the best cheesecake, really hot chilli sauce, cannonball-sized Scotch eggs, doorstop-sized brownies, handmade jewellery, and loads of other great stuff? Yes, the Northern Quarter Makers Market is back this Sunday with over 90 fantastic artisans plus some new faces and awesome beats from Manchester DJ Stutter and Twitch. Sunday, Stevenson Square, 11am-5pm.

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