Whisky Galore

Whisky Galore, a classic film from 1949 where the inhabitants of a remote Scottish island run out of whisky but are then saved by a ship running aground with a cargo of… whisky. There have been many plays in recent years that take classic books and films – The 39 Steps, Hound of the Baskervilles,… Continue Reading →


Handlooms is set in a sari shop on Wilmslow Road, Manchester, which is going through a crisis as a result of changing tastes. The saris on display and at the heart of the performance are beautiful handmade works of art – costing over £1,000 each. When you touch the material and see the unique designs… Continue Reading →

She Bangs the Drums

This review was first published on the MTA site on 9 March 2018. Contact Young Company (CYC) have collaborated with many established theatre makers over the years to develop fascinating shows, predominantly of a devised nature. Current production She Bangs the Drums is directed by  Louise Mothersole and Rebecca Biscuit of Sh!t Theatre (Letters to… Continue Reading →

Best of 2017

There is no question that there is now too much theatre in Manchester for one person to even start to cover.  Therefore, this list will always have omissions.  I like to think of this as my personal list.  Of course, I have the benefit of hindsight, which sometimes adds a new layer to a review… Continue Reading →

Why I’m taking a break from blogging

I’ve decided to take a couple of months off blogging. Theatre blogging is, frankly, great.  It’s a brilliant opportunity to see a diverse range of theatre, to be introduced to performances that I might never have seen.  It’s a chance to make sure I catch those plays I really want to see.  And the people… Continue Reading →