Monthly Archives: April 2016

X – London theatre 1

Four crew are stranded far away on Pluto, all communication with Earth lost.  How do they react?  How do they cope?  What will the last one do when they are all alone? Alistair McDowall’s latest play X follows on from the success of Pomona.  X is a play about time, about memory and about loneliness.  As… Continue Reading →


Caresses comes to HOME Manchester as part of both the ¡Viva! Festival and Manchester School of Theatre’s programme.  Written by Catalan-Spanish playwright Sergi Belbel, Caresses is a sequence of 11 two-handers where one character is replaced each scene.  This is all set within the context of a vibrant, technicolour, extrovert game show environment.  I have commented… Continue Reading →

Theatre from Deconstructed Dance

Can you make theatre by deconstructing dance?  One day after being mesmerised by the phenomenal dancing of NDT2 by the Nederlands Dans Theater at the Lowry, I’m back watching Pact with Pointlessness in the Lowry Studio.  Dance for me is all about the emotional response. Pact with Pointlessness is described as ‘absurd action, breakneck looping chatter and… Continue Reading →

Come Closer

Come Closer is a series of ten monologues performed in the Royal Exchange Hall, over the weekend of 15 – 17 April.  On the Saturday when I saw it, five were being performed at the same time, competing for both audience and space from around the hall.  The air was filled with moving and wonderful words, the… Continue Reading →

ALL IN at ¡Viva!

HOME’s ¡Viva! Festival runs from 7 – 24 April 2016 and is an impressive mix of Spanish and Latin American film and, for the first time this year, theatre.  Barcelona theatre company Atresbandes bring ALL IN to the studio space. Very much in tune with the type of theatre put on at last year’s Flare… Continue Reading →