Monthly Archives: April 2016


Every now and then I come across an event that genuinely surprises me with its quality.  Host Ben Mellor describes Pen:Chant as an ‘eclectic cabaret of delights’.  Moving around Manchester’s venues and without a permanent home, on tonight’s bill at Gullivers are a short open mic slot, a singer/songwriter and a stand up poet. It’s… Continue Reading →

Vincent in Brixton in Altrincham

Amateur theatre just doesn’t get enough credit.  I mean, there is certainly amateur theatre that fits the cliché, but a large part of what is put on these days is excellent.  And increasingly amateur theatres are embracing both challenging plays and the concept of the ‘studio’ production. I read Vincent in Brixton a couple of… Continue Reading →

King Lear

Talawa Theatre Company return to the Royal Exchange in Manchester with their version of William Shakespeare’s King Lear, reuniting director Michael Buffong and actor Don Warrington from the superb 2013 production of All My Sons. King Lear, the play, looks at the consequences for everyone of one man’s rash decision to partition his kingdom.  Many will talk… Continue Reading →