Morale is High

What would you want to know about the world in 2020?  HOME’s Push2017 Festival opens for me with Morale is High (Since We Gave Up Hope), ‘The debut from Hodgkiss Award-winning Powder Keg; a theatre-meets-gig that smashes pop and politics in some space age futuristic Hadron Collider, to create an ongoing evaluation of our political climate.’… Continue Reading →


There are many ways to present the housing crisis on stage. Letters to Windsor House took a humorous, observational view, leaving you to draw your own conclusions. Cathy, at the Royal Exchange Studio, lays bare the reality of the present situation, reminiscent of the style of the recent film I, Daniel Blake.  Interspersed with the… Continue Reading →

Cream Faced Loons (Twelfth Night)

As I left the performance space for Cream Faced Loons’ Twelfth Night, smiling broadly, I just thought ‘I loved this production’, and yet it was hard at first to define why.  Staged in an upstairs room at Z-arts, the audience sit at circular tables as if at a hotel party, indeed the setting is the Illyria… Continue Reading →

An early look at 2017

If you’re starting to plan the first couple of months of 2017, here’s a few ideas: At the Royal Exchange, a co-production with Graeae Theatre Company presents The House of Bernarda Alba by Lorca.  Graeae are ‘a force for change in world-class theatre, breaking down barriers, challenging preconceptions, championing diversity across the sector and boldly… Continue Reading →

Queer Contact Festival 2017

From 10 to 18 February, Queer Contact Festival returns to Manchester.  2017 marks both the 60th anniversary of the Wolfenden Report, and the 50th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality.  All this against a political backdrop that threatens to challenge the inclusiveness and tolerance of recent years. The Festival boasts an impressive line up. Le… Continue Reading →