Community Centre

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The Community Centre is a new play by Nicola Gardner at the Engine House Theatre (Anthony Burgess Foundation). It’s a sitcom style script, accessible, and funny, packed full of humour and supportive relationships.  Setting the audience on two sides, performances are at either end of the space.  At one end, four older African-Carribean members of the… Continue Reading →

Tanja

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Tanja, by SBC Theatre, presented at the Lowry Studio, is a highly political piece looking at Yarl’s Wood, a detention centre for 400 female asylum seekers.  The privately run centre has never been far from controversy, both with regards to how it is run, and how it reflects current immigration policy.  Based on verbatim accounts,… Continue Reading →

Take on Me

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note: these performances are currently only in Surrey. Take on Me is a new production from Dante Or Die, whose recent Handle with Care impressed me so much.  Commissioned by Arts Partnership Surrey and Farnham Maltings under ‘not for the likes of me’, this piece of theatre has been designed to explicitly ‘reach people who don’t normally… Continue Reading →

Streetcar Named Desire

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The second half of the Royal Exchange’s production of A Streetcar Named Desire is one of the best hours of theatre you’ll see in Manchester this year.  This is a performance of such intensity, especially from Maxine Peake (Blanche DuBois) and Ben Batt (Stanley Kowalski), who is particularly strong throughout.  The green baize set is perfect… Continue Reading →

October theatre

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What’s looking good for October? My clear favourite for October is at Contact where Belarus Free Theatre perform Burning Doors.  ‘What happens when you are declared an enemy of the state simply for making art? Where do you belong when your government suppresses your basic right to expression? And how do you survive in one of the… Continue Reading →