Monthly Archives: September 2015

Domestic II

Manchester’s Word of Warning describe Domestic II as a ‘one-off, never to be repeated trip around a building in transition. Intimate interactions, homely conversations and domestic dramas played out in a block of flats…’  Set on the ground floor and 15th floor of Matthias Court in Salford, there were three evenings of performance, and a drop in Saturday… Continue Reading →

October Theatre in Manchester

October offers the chance to see two different takes on 1950s McCarthyism and how the themes still resonate today. The superb Royal Exchange production of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible continues until 24 October.  This stripped back version explores how greed, fear and revenge spiral out of control when lies replace truth.  See my review here. From 8 – 31… Continue Reading →

Manchester Venues

Today I attended an afternoon of eight short plays as part of the Gap Project at Halle St Peter’s.  From their website: Manchester has a buzzing, passionate and talented theatre scene, from the vibrant fringe to our flagship Royal Exchange and HOME venues. It seems there is almost everything. But is there a Gap? Are we… Continue Reading →

The Crucible

In May 2011 I watched Arthur Miller’s View From the Bridge at the Royal Exchange, which remains one of the most stunning plays I have seen here or elsewhere.  Can tonight’s performance of The Crucible match that?  Directed by Caroline Steinbeis, who also directed the impressive Brilliant Adventures in the studio last year, this stripped back version… Continue Reading →

The Room

Just Talk Theatre Company’s latest production is Harold Pinter’s The Room, playing at Joshua Brooks from 28 – 30 September. The Room is a rarely performed Pinter play. Rose lives in a single room with her husband and is in turn visited by her old landlord, a young couple who think her room is available, and… Continue Reading →