Monthly Archives: September 2017

Bravado

In a darkened room above the Briton’s Protection in Manchester, the wallpaper looks exactly like it would in the domestic scenes that Scottee’s text creates.  To the rear, three television screens play nineties TV series (Gladiators, Baywatch, Johnny Bravo, Dad’s Army, etc) that in some way stereotype ‘maleness’.  The performer is not Scottee, but a… Continue Reading →

People, Places and Things

People, Places and Things by Duncan Macmillan (Lungs, Every Brilliant Thing) comes to HOME as first stop on the national tour for this National Theatre/Headlong production.  There’s always a risk when a play arrives with such a weight of expectations, especially when it’s been recast to tour. ‘Emma’ is an actress who struggles to engage with the… Continue Reading →

We’re Not Really Here

We’re Not Really Here (at Contact) sets out to explore the individual and group dynamics of football supporters.  This is a great example of using an unusual form very effectively to tell a specific story.  Co-creator Yahya terryn says ‘I’m interested in why people are there, to understand why people go to the football’.  We, the audience,… Continue Reading →

Our Town

Thornton Wilder’s 1938 play Our Town searches for the beauty in the mundane. It shows us that we should celebrate routine, family, the tiny moments that we call life, that so often pass us by within our ambition and haste to achieve. Set in a small town both physically and metaphorically, this is a perfect… Continue Reading →

Hull – It’s Different for Girls

I’ve made the trip over to Beverley near Hull, to the wonderful East Riding Theatre.  Hull is UK City of Culture and I promised myself I’d make the trip this year – there’s a lot going on and it’s a city well worth getting to know again.  Also, two of Manchester’s talented actors – Abey… Continue Reading →