Monthly Archives: October 2017

Parliament Square

Parliament Square by James Fritz is the third of the 2015 Bruntwood Prize winners to be performed at the Royal Exchange (Wish List, How My Light is Spent), and the first to be performed in the main space.  At first this seems an odd decision.  Wish List always struck me as a play that should… Continue Reading →

The Weir

It is 20 years since Conor McPherson’s play The Weir premiered at the Royal Court, and ten years since I was captivated by the dialogue in a play reading group.  English Touring Theatre’s performance at Oldham Coliseum was everything I hoped it would be, and more.  The staging is intimate, the play perfectly paced and… Continue Reading →

Sentinel

I’m fascinated by how visuals and music can combine to tell a story. Not a gig with video, not gig-theatre (eg Klanghaus) but a production that sets out to place the video, the message and the music on an equal footing.  Sentinel at Sale Waterside, part of the Manchester Science Festival, weaves music and video… Continue Reading →

Under Glass

There is a specific moment that stands out for me in Clod Ensemble’s Under Glass.  We’ve moved into a side area of the stage and we’re looking down on a man and a woman who are lying on a circular cushion under a circular glass surface, moving slowly and purposefully together and apart, possibly asleep…. Continue Reading →

Charge

There is too little representation of science in performance.  All too often it’s about the people and relationships behind the science, and not the invention and exploration.  Motionhouse have partnered with the University of Oxford to explore the role of energy in all aspects of our lives in Charge, a performance that fuses dance, circus, sound… Continue Reading →