Monthly Archives: May 2017

Rose

HOME presents the first UK revival of Martin Sherman’s award-winning Rose, which premiered at the National Theatre in London in 1999. Directed by Richard Beecham, Janet Suzman takes on the role of the eponymous Rose, recounting her fractured life from her home in Miami. It’s a tough call for a single actor to engage an audience for… Continue Reading →

June theatre

For June, here is a selection of performances that may be just off your radar.  A good opportunity to see something different and perhaps unique. Oldham Coliseum showcases new writing and emerging talent with First Break, 22 – 30 June.  A packed programme of plays, rehearsed readings, showcases and discussion in the Coliseum Studio.   HOME… Continue Reading →

Schrödinger

Contact, Manchester , 2017.  If at a subatomic level, particles behave as waves, matter can be in two places at one time, you don’t know where a particle is until you see it, and measurement affects what you see, then what happens if you imagine this at our visible, human, real world level?  Then throw… Continue Reading →

Dementia and the Arts

It’s easy as a critic to focus on the play as performance.  But what about the play as educator?  I recall the post show discussion for Open Clasp’s Key Change, talking about a performance in the Houses of Parliament to highlight the issues of women in prison.  On Saturday I watched Haylo Theatre’s Over the… Continue Reading →

Hard Times

A thin pall of smoke hangs over the stage and the front of Oldham Coliseum’s auditorium, there is furnace orange light under the stage and the set is grey iron, clouded glass and black coal.  The cast enter striking metal on metal, wood on wood.  This is Coketown, the location for Charles Dickens’ Hard Times, but it… Continue Reading →