Monthly Archives: July 2017

MIF17: Fatherland

A conversation about MIF’s Fatherland at the Royal Exchange, shortly after the end of the performance. Son:  I just felt like I spent half of the play feeling like I wasn’t getting what I should be getting.  It felt there was so much left out, for the audience to fill in how the relationships were… Continue Reading →

MIF17: Cotton Panic!

If you break Cotton Panic! down into its constituent parts, each is strong.  The location is Campfield Market, an eery throwback to Manchester’s industrial past.  The audience stand with two giant video screens at either side, as if in an art gallery video installation.  To the front, on stage are three musicians looking every bit… Continue Reading →

MIF: Returning to Reims

The post show discussion at HOME of this MIF17 production is one of the best attended I’ve seen, testament to the power of the director, Thomas Ostermeier (of Schaubühne Berlin) and the author of the text that inspired the play, Didier Eribon.  Drawing parallels across France, Germany and the UK, Returning to Reims critically analyses… Continue Reading →

FLARE17: Actresses Always Lie

FLARE17: Actresses Always Lie by El Pollo Campero, Comidas Para Llevar (Spain) I love performances that appear to be light hearted but mask very serious issues underneath, where you come away with the nagging feeling that there was a lot more to the production than you first saw.  Gloria March Chulvi (Sleepwalk Collective’s Domestica) and Cris Celada… Continue Reading →

FLARE17: HOME double bill 8 July

The final performance of FLARE17 is at HOME and we’re treated to two impressive and completely polar performances. Moore Bacon! by Bosse Provoost and Kobe Chielens/de polen (Belgium) Moore Bacon! plays with the spectator’ s eye, creating form, texture and colour in the imagination as much as the reality of the stage. On the face of… Continue Reading →