Monthly Archives: March 2015

Red Noses

ALRA North came to my attention when I saw Spur of the Moment at the Re:play festival this year.  The drama school in Wigan seems to be gaining an increasingly impressive reputation.  Their latest production, Red Noses, is on in Manchester at the RNCM studio.  It’s one of my favourite studio spaces in Manchester, and it’s always… Continue Reading →

New writing in Hebden Bridge

Midnight SUn

Get out of the city.  Find the green of the countryside. Hebden Bridge Little Theatre is a lovely theatre set beside the canal of this pretty market town.  Comfortable, well laid out and welcoming, it’s a great location to see two pieces of new writing – Midnight Sun by John Clarke, and Valedictory by Stephen… Continue Reading →

Safe Mode

It’s the first event in the Oldham Coliseum ‘First Break’ showcase of new writing and I’ve come out to The Swan at Dobcross, just outside Oldham, to see ‘Safe Mode’. This is a great location; the Swan is a lovely village pub with a warm welcome.  My only regret is it’s dark; the countryside must be… Continue Reading →

Blindfolded at the Royal Exchange

The Royal Exchange on a Sunday afternoon.  A very talented Camerata string quartet.  Blindfolds, sandpaper, silk, feather, cocktails and scents in the air.  A multi sensory performance.  This is Challenging the Senses from Manchester Camerata. A few weeks ago I watched the BBC Philharmonic at the Bridgewater Hall.  Technically superb but lacking in all other… Continue Reading →