PUSH 2017

Two years ago HOME staged the 2015 Re:play Festival in temporary spaces on First Street.  Last year it was rebranded as PUSH, to reflect the change from ‘best of fringe’ to ‘celebrating North West theatremakers’.  This year’s programme is a  tempting mix of proven and brand new theatre, workshops and discussions, all focusing on the North West’s incredible depth of theatre talent.

It’s a two week festival, from 14 to 28 Jan, but it’s hard to pick specific shows.  Each offers something different, and could change your perception about what theatre ‘is’.  It’s a great opportunity to see something you may not normally choose, and my advice would be to step outside your comfort zone and try something unexpected.

I’m pleased to see that I’m Standing Next to You is being performed in the Gallery space, and People Zoo’s The Trial had excellent reviews in both Manchester and Edinburgh.  The Island, the Sea, the Volunteer and the Refugee takes Louise Wallwein’s personal story as a volunteer on Kos to a small group audience, and Who Wants to Live Forever sees new work from Cheryl Martin.  Mighty Heart Theatre return to HOME with a work in progress Now is the Moment We Learn Hope and Betty looks at memory and reality through puppets and physical theatre.  Gig meets theatre in Morale is High (Since We Gave Up Hope) and Mina combines projected images, animation and physical theatre.  And there are more, equally impressive shows, workshops and discussions.

This truly is a showcase for the diverse talents of theatre makers in the North West, and an opportunity to catch work that is fresh, challenging and interesting.

PUSH2017 is at HOME from 14 to 28 Jan 2017.  More details here.

Theatre lover, amateur director, occasional actor, writer.

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