Monthly Archives: October 2015


The Oresteia is the latest production from Manchester theatre HOME.  Based on a translation of the original Aeschylus play from Ted Hughes, and directed by Blanche McIntyre, this play looks into the birth of democracy, and inevitably asks us where democracy sits in our lives today. The running time is 1 hour 45 minutes straight… Continue Reading →

We Want You to Watch

‘This is about pornography … we want to pull its plug out. We want to stop its heartbeat. We want to blow its brains out and begin again.’  This play is about the negative impact of internet pornography, and the dream of removing all such material from the internet.  But as the play develops, it is clear… Continue Reading →


This year Manchester School of Theatre (MMU) heads off to the studio in HOME for their productions.  Both an opportunity to appeal to new audiences, and a risk that existing supporters won’t make the trip up Oxford Road, the studio is half full for the Friday afternoon.  It’s a good performance space, seating up to… Continue Reading →

Battle of the Minds

I make no secret of how much I respect the work that Contact Theatre does with young people, and the high quality of performance that is produced.  Recent productions have included (with CYC) Shrine of Everyday Things and Under the Covers.  Tonight it’s the turn of Young Identity, a creative writing and performance project for… Continue Reading →

Emergency at Z-Arts

Mention performance art and what do you think of? On Saturday 3rd October, Z-Arts was taken over by Emergency 2015, a one day event showcasing ’25 live works in a non-stop performance takeover’.  The range and scope was huge.  This was the afternoon session. A woman walks between two tables, carrying a few grains of powder each… Continue Reading →