Presented by Qweerdog Theatre

Part of Greater Manchester Fringe

In 1980s Salford; two old ‘women’, grapple with useless husbands, a homosexual son and what’s on telly while they natter! 

DATE: Thursday 4th & Friday 5th July 2024

TIME: 7.30pm

PRICE: £12/9*

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In 1980s Salford; Helen & Linda, two old ‘women’, grapple with useless husbands, a homosexual son and what’s on telly while they natter! 

 *Please note, Helen and Linda may, or may not, be played by two gay men in dresses! 

 Natter is a one-act comedy, written and starring Joe Henry-Evans – alongside fellow local actor, John Thacker. Natter began life as a twenty-minute short at Qweerdog’s new writing event, Qweer Shorts. Opening initially at The King’s Arms, Salford before transferring to Hope Mill Theatre last year, and touring to Liverpool shortly after. The show has now been developed into a longer, one-act play, directed by Qweerdog’s Stewart Campbell. 

 ‘You will bust a gut laughing’ – I love Manchester 




‘Joe Henry-Evans’s Natter on the surface is a homage to Les Dawson and Roy Barraclough’s double act of Cissie and Ada, the two Northern housewives who would mouth swearwords or gossip about their neighbours, as opposed to utter the words. 

But Linda (Joe Henry-Evans) and Helen (John Thacker) are placed in a world of hatred towards gay men. Margaret Thatcher is in power, Aids is not named, but it lurks in the background. 

And Linda keeps referring to her son and a man he has lived with, but cannot see that he is gay. 

This is subversive, and underneath the comedy, deeply poignant. 

But you will bust a gut laughing as the comedy is spot on, including a dog called Liza, referenced as a throwaway line.’ 


RUNNING TIME: 70 minutes


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