Monthly Archives: December 2015

January theatre

It’s the start of a new year, and hopefully 2016 will bring us the same high quality theatre that we saw in 2015. Certainly  the PUSH Festival at HOME offers a range of high quality theatre ‘created by Greater Manchester’s most exciting companies and performers’.  Push replaces Re:Play with a format that seems to focus more on theatre making… Continue Reading →

How to be Better

How to be Better is the latest production from Contact Young Company, devised with Common Wealth who brought us No Guts, no heart, no glory. ‘Exploring the pressures and complexities of improvement and aspiration, How to be Better asks how can we be our best – not someone else’s best, but our own best’ It’s… Continue Reading →

Best of 2015

It’s been a very good year for theatre in Manchester.  From the International Festival through mainstream theatres to fringe and university productions, there really has been something for everyone.  At times there have been many more things to see than anyone could possibly manage and for that reason this review can never be truly comprehensive.  Still, hopefully… Continue Reading →

See the Central Library in a different light

Performance can appear in all guises, and the recent Enlighten 2015 Festival of Sound and Art in Manchester, organised by Curated Place, showed how powerful sound and light installations can be.  Situated mainly in the Central Library, over twenty works were spread over three floors.  For three evenings the Library lost its formal quiet face… Continue Reading →


Inkheart is the first Christmas show put on at Manchester’s HOME, based on a book of the same name by Cornelia Funke.  Whilst this is not specifically a Christmas show, it is definitely a children’s show – merging pantomime, improvisation, fantasy and drama. Inkheart is a fantasy story about a girl whose father can read… Continue Reading →