Monthly Archives: June 2017

Party Skills for the End of the World

Manchester International Festival’s 2017 theatre offering starts with Party Skills for the End of the World, ‘a wild, immersive show that will teach you how to get by when the end comes and it’s time to celebrate everything that’s made life worth living’.  And that is what this production sets out to do.  It asks the big… Continue Reading →

27

We are sat on Contact’s main stage, curtained off from the auditorium, two rows of seats around a rectangular plot, it’s intimate.  In Peter McMaster’s 27, he and Nick Anderson are clad in black and white skeleton suits, sprinkle ash, strip naked, and act out scenes from their lives to a soundtrack of those who… Continue Reading →

Mobile

We’d like to believe that we live in a world of complete social mobility where achievement is on merit. Certainly our politicians would like us to.   And perhaps to an extent we do, financially.  But how do we deal with the emotional complexity of social mobility? Mobile from Paper Birds (at Ramsbottom but as… Continue Reading →

Is audience participation killing theatre?

Theatre is defined by many unwritten rules.  When you first go to the theatre, these rules are unclear, on etiquette, what to wear, how to react to the performance.  On the few occasions I’ve been to a classical music concert I have struggled to understand when to clap; why is it encouraged after a big… Continue Reading →

What if I Told You

Pauline Mayers brings theatre/dance piece What if I Told You? (directed by Chris Goode) to the Royal Exchange Studio.  The performance weaves together interconnected strands to investigate prejudice based on skin colour.  Theatre and dance combine in a thought-provoking yet playful exploration of life, racism and how slavery informed modern medical practices. There are five… Continue Reading →