October theatre

What’s looking good for October?

My clear favourite for October is at Contact where Belarus Free Theatre perform Burning Doors.  ‘What happens when you are declared an enemy of the state simply for making art? Where do you belong when your government suppresses your basic right to expression? And how do you survive in one of the most brutal prison systems in the world?’  10 to 12 October.

Emergency at Z-Arts is an annual day of performance art, showcasing the huge range of talent from our region and beyond.  Always a fascinating day; always something new; always something to broaden the way you look at performance.  October 1 noon-10pm.  Then for something different try Divergency, Oct 6, also at Z-Arts.

Orbit continues at HOME until 19 October.  Highlights include Lemons, Lemons, Lemons, Lemons, Lemons which envisages a world with limited words (4 – 8 Oct), Rash Dash’s new Two Man Show about masculinity and patriarchy (11-13 Oct) and award-winning live-art and experimental theatre group Sleepwalk Collective’s Domestica (14 – 15 Oct).

At the Royal Exchange, A Streetcar Named Desire and Wish List continue, but look out for Birth, 19 – 22 October, performances developed to provoke debate on a global scale to question the vast inequality in healthcare across the world.

Manchester School of Theatre (MMU) continue to perform at HOME, and the quality of performance is always excellent.  The Blue Room is adapted from La Ronde (last year’s Caresses was based on the same play) and ‘depicts a daisy chain of ten sexual encounters between five women and five men who portray a sense of the hypocrisy, the folly and the loneliness that many experience in today’s world’. 20 – 22 October.

At Oldham Coliseum Jumpers for Goalposts (7 – 22 Oct), a romantic comedy set in the world of LGBT five-a-side football, looks well worth a punt.

At the Martin Harris Centre, Oct 19, Andy Smith and Fuel present The Preston Bill, a story about Preston first seen as part of last year’s Flare Festival.

At the Lowry, Kill the Beast bring Fringe success Don’t Wake the Damp back to the studio from 26-29 October.  A musical rollercoaster ride through sic-fi and fantastic characters, it’s a thoughtful but fun night out.

Theatre lover, amateur director, occasional actor, writer.

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