Community Centre

The Community Centre is a new play by Nicola Gardner at the Engine House Theatre (Anthony Burgess Foundation).

It’s a sitcom style script, accessible, and funny, packed full of humour and supportive relationships.  Setting the audience on two sides, performances are at either end of the space.  At one end, four older African-Carribean members of the Centre discuss love, sex, cricket and food.  At the other, two women discuss the few highs and many lows of dating after kids.  The two stories are loosely interconnected by the authoritarian receptionist/manager and white-but-thinks-he’s-black caretaker Robbie.

It’s a play that shows that although we have differences (age, sex, ethnicity, background), we’re really very similar.  There’s a lovely pace to the production, and the space is well used to keep it interesting; there is very little distance between the audience and the cast.  Consistently well acted, and with convincing characters, it’s a piece that’s effectively put together and well directed.

‘We aim to create a play that makes theatre accessible and inviting to audiences that wouldn’t normally go to the theatre’.  This is a very accessible play that gently covers some important topics for today’s multicultural Manchester.  Despite the Engine House Theatre being a cracking location, it’s a production that would do well to tour the area and to go to places where it really would attract audiences that wouldn’t normally go to the theatre.

Performances at Anthony Burgess Foundation, Manchester, 20 – 24 September 2016.

Theatre lover, amateur director, occasional actor, writer.

3 Responses to “Community Centre”

  1. Jean Swanson says:

    I went to see the play it was excellent and so funny that I couldn’t stop laughing. We were still laughing and talking about it when we got home. The Community Centre would make a great television sit com. Nicola Gardner is a very talented lady.

  2. Hi Dave,

    Many thanks once again for this fabulous review. We would very much like to invite you to our new show ‘White is the New Black’ which is part of the Greater Manchester Fringe and on at the Anthony Burgess Foundation on the 21st & 22nd July. We would welcome your review!

    • QuietManDave says:

      Hi Nicola, thanks for the invite, unfortunately I’m not around that weekend, but all the best for your show! Dave

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