Monthly Archives: July 2015

That was July

When I previewed July’s theatre in Manchester, I was looking forward to a busy month.  How did it turn out in practice? The Manchester International Festival was, I think, a huge success.  Festival Square was a wonderful place with DJ sets, acoustic music and great food, although I wonder how far into Manchester’s population the Festival… Continue Reading →

The Skriker

Long after the Manchester International Festival has ended, its spirit lives on in the Royal Exchange’s production of Carly Churchill’s Skriker, starring Maxine Peake.  In a recent Guardian interview she described the themes as ‘Femininity, womanhood and motherhood being tied together by Mother Earth.’  These themes are the strong links that hold this production together.  And… Continue Reading →

Why 24:7 is important

24:7 has been at the heart of Manchester’s new writing theatre for the past ten years.  Over that time I’ve seen performances in New Century House, Printworks and the Midland Hotel.  I’ve seen ‘best of’ shows at the Octagon, and as part of Re:play.  With 24:7 you know what you’re going to get. This year… Continue Reading →

The Shrine of Everyday Things

Take four properties in a Brunswick estate facing imminent demolition.  Seek out the stories and memories of the area.  Add the talents of the Contact Young Company and an amazing Creative Team to bring the whole thing alive; I was fortunate to interview the Brazil/Manchester team behind The Shrine of Everyday Things as it was being devised.  What… Continue Reading →

A Dream Play

Originally written by August Strindberg, ‘A Dream Play’ seeks to ‘imitate the disjointed yet seemingly logical shape of a dream’. It has a distinct European feel, which may seem unusual to some. This adaptation is presented as a site-specific production at the Nexus Art Cafe as part of GM Fringe. This is a very ambitious… Continue Reading →