Monthly Archives: May 2017

Heads Up

Kieran Hurley’s Heads Up, at HOME, considers how we will deal with an apocalypse. Using an established technique of multiple characters (John Hersey’s Hiroshima, Sebastian Faulkes’ A Week in December) and combining the spoken word with music and sound effects, it’s a clever piece of theatre. Delivery is impressive. Kieran sits at a desk.  Is… Continue Reading →


Leviathan from James Wilton Dance at Contact, Manchester is a stunning piece of dance, based around a Brazilian martial art form, capoeira, and inspired by Herman Melville’s novel, Moby Dick.  There’s a great Guardian article here to explain the technique.  Perhaps the most important is that movements involve floor contact with both feet and hands, and includes elements of… Continue Reading →

Bolton Octagon 50th Season

Bolton Octagon

I was fortunate to attend the recent launch of Bolton Octagon’s 50th Anniversary Season, running from August 2017 until August 2018.  Certainly both Artistic Director Elizabeth Newman and Chief Executive Roddy Gauld were very clear that the Octagon is a theatre for Bolton and surrounding areas.  The programming has in the past, and continues to, reflect… Continue Reading →

Winter Hill

Winter Hill at Bolton Octagon is about a group of women who go to a part built hotel development on Winter Hill for a book group, but one of their number has deeper motives. Dense with ideas and imagery, the play looks at the effect of giant buildings on our environment and communities, the role of politics and… Continue Reading →


There is something quite fascinating about watching a text that is virtually unknown in the UK but a classic in another land.  Cloudstreet is ‘an epic stage adaptation of Tim Winton’s enormously successful and much-loved novel of the same name. Set in post-war Perth, Australia, Cloudstreet follows the fluctuating fortunes and changing relationships of two families’…. Continue Reading →