Monthly Archives: March 2017

The Suppliant Women

Originally written by Aeschylus, adapted by David Greig and directed by Ramin Gray, The Suppliant Women tells the story of fifty women who escape forced marriage in Egypt and seek asylum in Greece.  Using a chorus of Manchester women, it’s a perfect play for the Royal Exchange space, creating a claustrophobic but exciting environment to tell… Continue Reading →


In a Bolton housing estate, one house stands out.  The fences are covered with ‘Missing’ posters of Lottie.  The door is open; it’s an open house to finally sell the place.  The two events are nine years apart but are inescapably linked.  Remains looks at the relationship between two young girls after their sister goes missing,… Continue Reading →

Who Pays for Previews?

I write this in response to the news that Lyn Gardner’s weekly preview blog is to stop. Lyn Gardner’s weekly piece was supremely informed, and accessible to a wide range of readers across the country.  Who else can recommend shows that you know will be good?  You travel to a new city, you have an… Continue Reading →

Lorca Double Bill

Manchester School of Theatre closed the spring season with a Lorca double bill, Doña Rosita the Spinster and Blood Wedding, performed at HOME from 2-4 March. Yasmin Mwanza plays the lead Dona Rosita, a woman who waits for her fiancée to return from abroad and grows old alone.  It’s a play about the social norms in Spain at… Continue Reading →


The Flare International Festival of New Theatre returns to Manchester from 4 to 8 July 2017 with performances at Home, The Lowry, The Royal Exchange, Contact, The Martin Harris Centre and 70 Oxford St (the old Cornerhouse building). The last, FLARE15, was one of my highlights of 2015.  Performance reviews are here and here. I talk to Artistic… Continue Reading →