March Theatre

Fresh from PUSH in January and Queer Contact in February, we move straight into SICK!.  From 8 – 25 March, spread across a range of venues, the Festival celebrates life, death and survival, this year focusing on our relationships with the communities around us.  HOME present theatre in partnership with Dutch Performing Arts including Lolling and Rolling, investigating South Korea’s obsession with English education, Five Easy Pieces, looking at how children deal with the adult world, and De Man in Europe, questioning how today’s creative youth will shape the future.  Contact present American Man, a piece on celebrity power and political correctness, There is a Light: Brightlight, a CYC production about young people’s specialist cancer care, and The Game/Traumboy, two performances investigating the sex industry.  At the Lowry, Zvizdal presents the story of two elderly people in the aftermath of a nuclear accident, and Sophie Willan returns with a show about her personal experience of the care system.  Performances are brought to local communities in Hulme and Longsight libraries, the Whitworth and Central Library, and STUN studio.  Check out the full programme here or pick up the printed schedule.

At the Lowry from 7 – 11 March, Escaped Alone by Caryl Churchill looks well worth a bet, although it’s a very short play at 50 minutes.  Also check out A Machine They’re Secretly Building at the Studio on 1 March.

Manchester Theatre School continues to produce excellent work which is performed at HOME.  From 2 – 4 March, Blood Wedding and Doña Rosita the Spinster continue the Lorca thread recently in Manchester.  Details here.

At the Bolton Octagon expect innovative and site specific work as part of Reveal Festival (until 18 Mar, full details here).  I alway enjoy Monkeywood Theatre’s work so Witch looks good, as does Remains, set in a Bolton house.

At the Royal Exchange, Cock and Bull explores power, voice, agency and sustainability in Politics.  From 16 – 18 March.


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