It’s satisfying leaving my apartment in London at 8am and arriving perfectly on time in Manchester. At 12.30pm I walk through Dark Matters at Whitworth Art Gallery to the launch of Trade and Empire: Remembering Slavery for which I’ve written the afterword. I catch up with my friend Dave Haslam and afterwards we eat at The Shere Khan in Rusholme.Onwards then to the new improved Malmaison Hotel in Piccadilly. Love it. I Check in then I get out to Contact theatre to see theatre production one monkey don’t stop no show . It’s a brilliant piece of ensemble theatre skillfully performed and directed by Dawn Walton written by Don Evans and designed by Libby Watson.After the show I meet the cast including the great Roger Griffiths and Jocelyn Jee Elsen and we wind down and laugh deep into the Mancunian night. The show is next in Leeds at West Yorkshire Playhouse. If you are lucky enough to get the chance then go see it.