October Theatre

October in Manchester is busy for theatre and performance, so busy that you couldn’t possibly see all the good things that are lined up.  But here’s a few that look well worth checking out.

At HOME, Orbit Festival runs until 15 October and includes a range of brilliant shows, some of which I’ve seen before and are well recommended (Mobile, How to Win Against History) and some I’ve heard great things of (Salt, Palmyra, Bourgeois & Maurice, Palmyra). The theme is what does it mean to be human?

Contact’s autumn season gains momentum with the return of Christopher Brett Bailey (4 Oct, last seen performing This Is How We Die), #JeSuis (with Journey’s Festival, 10-12 Oct) and half term family show Duckie (24-25 Oct) with Contact regular Le Gateau Chocolat.

At the Lowry, the most fascinating show is the 45 minute performance art/dance/theatre Under Glass (18-21 Oct) from Clod Ensemble who performed Anatomie in Four Quarters last year.

At Oldham Coliseum, Conor McPherson’s ‘chilling, modern classic’ The Weir arrives as part of a national tour (24-28 Oct).

At Hope Mill, People Zoo (who brought us The Trial last year) perform Edward Gant’s Amazing Feats of Loneliness!, which ‘combines the melodrama and extravagance with the painful loneliness that characterised a Victorian freak show’ (10-14 Oct).

At the Royal Exchange, the superb Our Town continues to 14 October, followed by one of the recent Bruntwood Winners Parliament Square from 18-28 Oct.  What can one individual do to effect change?


Theatre lover, amateur director, occasional actor, writer.

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