Monthly Archives: July 2017

Contractions / North of Providence

Play With Fire, who have previously presented powerful writing in Orphans and Sans Merci, present a double bill as part of the 2017 GM Fringe at 53two. Contractions by Mike Bartlett, directed by Sam Redway, looks at how far employers and employees will go in pursuit of the company’s needs.  It’s a play that is… Continue Reading →

Bad Advice

Bad Advice is a play about ridding yourself of the inner monologues that stop you moving forward.  We all have them to greater or lesser extents.  Written by Eli Keren, and performed by Bear Trap Productions, this is a great play for the Greater Manchester Fringe, here performed at Twenty Twenty Two.  It’s one of… Continue Reading →

Hamlet in Castlefield

The evening is drawing in, the rain that delayed the start begins to spit again and the audience huddle under umbrellas.  In the distance the sounds of a drunken Saturday night spill out of Castlefield, a train rumbles past.  In the evocative and surreal open air setting of Castlefield’s Roman Fort, the birthplace of Manchester,… Continue Reading →

The Loves of Others

Alex Keelan’s play for the 2017 GM Fringe is The Loves of Others at 53two.  I was impressed with her last production, Angel of the House, and this is equally well written but very different.  Versatility in a writer is a rare thing. The play focuses on two dinner parties maybe a year apart, in… Continue Reading →

Heaton Park Midsummer Night’s Dream

Feelgood Theatre performed regularly at Heaton Park from 1998 to 2008.  After last year’s successful Whispers of Heaton the company  return with a promenade performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream that weaves its way from the hall entrance into the ornamental gardens and back inside the beautiful rooms of the hall.  Drawing on the musical… Continue Reading →