Monthly Archives: September 2015

Alra’s 1984 – plusgood with some ungood

The voice announces not only that the theatre is open, but also that this is the first performance since a recent refurbishment.  The theatre space at Oldham Library can truly be described as a hidden gem; seating around 80 in comfortable benches, and with a decent sized acting space with good if basic lighting, this… Continue Reading →

The Roundabout – Lungs and Tuck Shop

Roundabout For six days, from 15 to 20 September, the Roundabout has come to the Lowry. Pitched in the Plaza outside the main building, this intimate 168 seat travelling pop-up theatre-in-the-round tours the country, showcasing Paines Plough plays alongside exciting new writing.  It’s an excellent idea to make theatre more accessible, although outside the well equipped Lowry, it… Continue Reading →

Dead Dog in a Suitcase

On stage, a cello, a scaffold, a wooden slide, the bottom half of a Punch and Judy booth.  A taste of what is to come. Having toured to Liverpool and Bristol in 2014, Kneehigh Theatre bring Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs) to HOME before embarking on an extensive UK tour.  It’s another… Continue Reading →

The Encounter at Lausanne

It’s not a Manchester show but it is one that should come to Manchester. I’m in Lausanne and London based company Complicite are performing, at Theatre Vidy, The Encounter, a play which received excellent reviews last month in Edinburgh. Theatre Vidy is a lovely space. Seating 500 and with a busy and spacious bar/cafe, it has a wonderful feel –… Continue Reading →