“It feels like a very creative place.” Sally Hodgkiss on Manchester.

May 9, 2013 in Blog

sally-photoSally Hodgkiss is an actor in Wondrous Place.

Top 3 Manchester experiences that you can’t get anywhere else?

Canal Street. It doesn’t matter if you’re gay straight bi trans – everyone is welcome there. You can have lunch in the sun next to the canal, a quiet pint in a pub or sing karaoke in your best frock; whatever you end up doing it’s a bloody laugh! When I was a teenager me and my 2 best mates were obsessed with Queer As Folk and thought we were EXACTLY like the 3 main characters, so each week we’d watch the episode then go down to the bars and clubs the characters did and pretend we were them. Proper saddos!

Afflecks Palace – an alternative shopping centre. You have to start at the top with a milkshake then work your way down through the vintage shops, barbers, piercing studios, retro toy shops, fancy dress shops and don’t forget Rubber Plantation for all your flavoured condom needs!

The Temple (Temple of Convenience) which is a little bar that used to be a public toilet. It’s got a great drinks selection and lively atmosphere and is tiny so you end up chatting to everybody.

You’ve got to emigrate to Australia. What three things would you miss most about Manchester?

The people. Everyone is so friendly, it’s nice to walk down a street and have people smile and talk to you. They’re also really honest which is refreshing.

The architecture. I love that you can find an old industrial warehouse, a beautiful Tudor pub or a sleek modern structure within feet of one another. And I can’t forget the canal!

The Northern Quarter. This is probably my favourite part of town and I feel very nostalgic about it having spent most of my weekends there and at Piccadilly Gardens as a teenager. I love the eclectic array of shops and cafes, and the great local artwork you can find in the galleries there. It feels like a very creative place.

Manchester is a person – choose three words that describe their personality.

Unafraid. Accepting. Eccentric.

What your three favourite Manchester phrases or words that you won’t you hear anywhere else?

Off yer ‘ed. Sorted. Buzzin. Safe.

What’s tunes should be on the ultimate Manchester soundtrack? Choose three – include song title and artist.

Badly Drawn Boy – Disillusion
Smiths – There is a light
Stone Roses – Fools Gold
Elbow – One Day like this
Joy Division – Love will tear us apart
Oasis – Don’t look back in anger

What three clichés about the North of England piss you off the most?

That we are simple folk that are behind the times.
That we are unsophisticated and that we contribute little to arts and culture.
That our accents are for some reason hilarious and that we sound stupid.

What are your Top 3 things that you are you tired of hearing about Manchester?

That it rains all day every day.
That Mancunians are always up for a fight.
That all Manchester is is broken industries and that there is nothing beautiful about it and the surrounding area.

A Sgt Pepper Album cover celebrating Manchester. Which three people – alive or dead, from the past or present – should be on the cover?

Emmeline Pankhurst. Shelagh Delaney. John Cooper Clarke.