Monthly Archives: May 2015

June theatre

June is a fairly quiet month before the big July events – Manchester International Festival, Manchester Fringe, Flare Festival and 24/7.  Start booking if you haven’t already! My pick is Nick Payne’s Constellations, at the Lowry from 9 – 13 June.  This love story spread across parallel universes won Best Play at the Evening Standard Awards… Continue Reading →

Capitol Sanatorium

The latest production from Manchester School of Theatre is Sanatorium Under the Sign of the Hourglass, an adaptation by Helena Kaut-Howson of the original book by Bruno Schulz.  Regular followers of this blog will know that I look forward to productions at the Capitol Theatre, but this one really does exceed expectations. I also love physical… Continue Reading →

Special FX


It’s a great way to start the weekend – Special FX – one hour of free performance from 6 – 7 pm on Fridays at the Royal Exchange.  The line up and genre changes weekly, with an interesting balance of comedy, music and spoken word, and a mix of established and upcoming talent.  Tonight there are two excellent… Continue Reading →

Bad Language and the City

Where is the line between spoken word and theatre monologue?  As part of Manchester After Hours, I’m following Bad Language around three venues.  Bad Language is ‘a literature organisation based in Manchester dedicated to the promotion and development of new writing.’  I’ve seen them perform before, as part of a Royal Exchange Special FX hour (coincidentally… Continue Reading →

Watching Flying Solo

The Contact Theatre Flying Solo Festival 2015 has been superb and has showcased diverse and challenging performances.  Ester Natzijl’s Watching continued to impress. Physical theatre offers another dimension to what most would regard as ‘theatre’.  Stripped of words, normally without set, the performance relies on movement and emotion, and often the clever use of sound.  So it… Continue Reading →