Sentinel

I’m fascinated by how visuals and music can combine to tell a story. Not a gig with video, not gig-theatre (eg Klanghaus) but a production that sets out to place the video, the message and the music on an equal footing.  Sentinel at Sale Waterside, part of the Manchester Science Festival, weaves music and video… Continue Reading →

Under Glass

There is a specific moment that stands out for me in Clod Ensemble’s Under Glass.  We’ve moved into a side area of the stage and we’re looking down on a man and a woman who are lying on a circular cushion under a circular glass surface, moving slowly and purposefully together and apart, possibly asleep…. Continue Reading →

Charge

There is too little representation of science in performance.  All too often it’s about the people and relationships behind the science, and not the invention and exploration.  Motionhouse have partnered with the University of Oxford to explore the role of energy in all aspects of our lives in Charge, a performance that fuses dance, circus, sound… Continue Reading →

The Threepenny Opera

First performed in 1928, The Threepenny Opera by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill is updated and set in the near future at the coronation of Charles III for Bolton Octagon’s latest production.  The overall feel is gritty, urban, slightly dystopian.  The stage is scaffolded, the band above, the lower level entrance full width of the… Continue Reading →

Lemn Sissay Something Dark

Dark and light. Dark and light. Something Dark by Lemn Sissay at HOME. I’ve seen Lemn Sissay perform three times before, all in slightly different personae.  He presented the Doubleday lecture on equality and diversity in health care, in his capacity as Chancellor of Manchester University.  As a poet, at WOMAD Hip Yak poetry shack reading… Continue Reading →