Monthly Archives: October 2015

1984 – a contemporary ballet

Northern Ballet bring 1984 to the Palace Theatre in Manchester.  I saw this production in rehearsal back in August, at the Northern Ballet space in Leeds, and the choreography, music, costumes and staging all looked innovative and impressive.  The ballet is ‘99% neoclassical’ – whilst rooted in classical ballet, it is strongly adapted with innovative choreography that… Continue Reading →

Under the Covers

Under the Covers returns to Contact after a successful run in March this year.  Performed by the Contact Young Company, this production explores contemporary attitudes to sex. What Contact do so well is to team talented young performers, from across several disciplines, with national and international artists.  You only have to look at what they… Continue Reading →


How do you review a piece of theatre like Golem?  Well for a start it’s not like traditional theatre.  It’s more projected animation, with live music, and actors creating the scenes on stage within a filmic world.  Actors with superb physicality, amazing facial gestures and quirky voices.  Like mime but with words.  Like theatre, but full of… Continue Reading →

Hetain Patel: American Boy

Hetain Patel’s American Boy, at Contact from 1 – 2 October, is an exploration of the films that have influenced his life.  On his website he says this work is ‘both a self-portrait and a reflection on the mainstream popular culture that moulds much of who we all are, whether we are aware of it or not’…. Continue Reading →