Monthly Archives: March 2017

Take Me to the Bridgewater

I’m at Worsley Library for Blast Theory’s Take Me to the Bridgewater. I lived just down the road in Monton in 1990.  The Canal was the dangerous but quick route home after a night out in the Bridgewater, otherwise I was barely aware of its existence and certainly not its unique history. Since I moved… Continue Reading →

April Theatre in Manchester

Contact‘s summer season looks fascinating despite being hastily arranged on account of the redevelopment programme being put back to the end of the year.  Watch out for The Lounge (20/21 April), looking at the topical issue of ageing, and Offside (21-22 April), turning the spotlight on women’s football and featuring the words of the amazing… Continue Reading →

Michael Essien I want to play as you…

SICK! Festival continued at Contact on 24 March.  Michael Essien I want to play as you… by Belgium based artist/athlete Ahilan Ratnamohan is ‘a powerful and explosive football-dance-theatre performance exploring the line between hope and desperation for young African footballers who migrate to Europe in search of a life out of poverty’. In the big money world… Continue Reading →

Cock and Bull

Cock and Bull comes to Manchester courtesy of Word of Warning and the Royal Exchange.  Conceived for the eve of the 2015 UK General Election, three females convene to perform their own, alternative, party conference.  They walk on stage in formal suits, mouths and hands glistening with gold paint.  Very quickly it is clear that the… Continue Reading →

A Busker’s Opera

Leo Burtin and Ali Matthews came to Sale Waterside on 10 March with Best of Both Worlds; a Buskers Opera.  Funnily enough the last time I was in this space was for Leo’s Midnight Soup.  It’s good to be back. I’m still not sure why I love this show so much.  The premise is simple…. Continue Reading →