September Preview

You know when Manchester theatre is changing, that you write a preview of the forthcoming month and have to miss off perfectly good shows.  There is now so much good theatre here that it’s a question of picking out the very best.  And October is another matter altogether.  So here is my selection for September.

The Orbit Festival starts at HOME on Sept 29, bringing some of the best Edinburgh Fringe shows from 2015 and 2016.  Sh!t Theatre bring Women’s Hour and on the basis of their follow up show Letters to Windsor House (review here) expect ‘a mix of satire, song, clowning, movement and mess akin to cabaret or sketch comedy’.  If you like what Mighty Heart do, you’ll like this.  From Sept 30, I would strongly recommend The Privileged, which I saw at Flare, but it’s impossible to review without giving it away.  Expect to reconsider you prejudices, and decide whether to do this openly or in your own head.

Another Fringe success comes to the Lowry from 13 to 17 Sept.  Adler and Gibb (from Tim Crouch) 
‘tells the story of a raid – on a house, a life, an identity, a reality and a legacy’.  

At HOME, expect thought provoking theatre.  From 20 – 24 Sept, Complicite return with A Pacifist’s Guide to the War on Cancer  ‘an all-singing, all-dancing examination of life with a cancer diagnosis’.  Then from 28 Sept, the team behind the stunning Kafka’s Monkey bring Kathryn Hunter back to HOME with the Emperor.

At the Royal Exchange, 2015 Bruntwood Prize Winner Katherine Soper’s play Wish List about zero hours contracts and benefits opens on 24 Sept.  Has the potential to be amazing.  And of course Maxine Peake takes on the iconic role of Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire, starts 8 Sept.

After the huge success of Orphans, Play With Fire return to Hope Mill Theatre with Sans Merci (8 – 24 Sept), a tale about two women coming together over a lost daughter from a humanitarian mission in South America.  Expect powerful, thought provoking theatre.

At the Lowry Studio, Tanja (16 – 17 Sept) looks a fascinating portrayal of immigration and asylum seekers that ‘blends spoken word, drama, dance, puppetry, live music, sign language and verbatim theatre’.

Theatre lover, amateur director, occasional actor, writer.

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