Monthly Archives: May 2016

Significant Other

Oldham Coliseum’s First Break appears to have been invigorated by the arrival of Associate Director Chris Lawson, with a renewed focus on new writing.  Following Friday’s Untold Stories – four newly written plays featuring local stories – Saturday sees more new work in the form of ‘Significant Other’. The first Northern outing for London based Pensive… Continue Reading →

Manchester After Hours

Manchester’s After Hours Festival goes from strength to strength.  From poetry in Chethams Library to drawing sessions in Manchester Museum to a musical steam train tour at the Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester’s cultural venues open their doors to top quality, fascinating and at times quirky events. It’s impossible to do it all.  There are… Continue Reading →

Party on Twelfth Night

The stage is set up as if we were about to witness a gig.  The house lights stay on for the whole performance.  A reimagined Twelfth Night?  Or possibly one that is truer to the original?  The traditions of Twelfth Night revolve around role reversal, eating, drinking and music, and these form the backbone of… Continue Reading →

Cheryl Martin talks about Alaska

Cheryl Martin returns to Contact’s Flying Solo Festival with Alaska, ‘one woman’s extraordinary story of how she survived growing up with severe depression. A raw and powerful performance, with humour, heart and soul, in the intimate setting of a city centre flat.’ Dave:   How did this play come about? Cheryl:   I started off as a… Continue Reading →

Week 53 – Into the Depths of the Lowry

Week 53 has offered the chance to see the Lowry in a different light.  Different shows, different areas, something out of the ordinary.  For just over a week, the theatre has been taken ‘offline’ and reprogrammed.  Some events such as the superb Handle With Care have used offsite, site specific locations.  I did an interview… Continue Reading →