Monthly Archives: October 2017

The Threepenny Opera

First performed in 1928, The Threepenny Opera by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill is updated and set in the near future at the coronation of Charles III for Bolton Octagon’s latest production.  The overall feel is gritty, urban, slightly dystopian.  The stage is scaffolded, the band above, the lower level entrance full width of the… Continue Reading →

Lemn Sissay Something Dark

Dark and light. Dark and light. Something Dark by Lemn Sissay at HOME. I’ve seen Lemn Sissay perform three times before, all in slightly different personae.  He presented the Doubleday lecture on equality and diversity in health care, in his capacity as Chancellor of Manchester University.  As a poet, at WOMAD Hip Yak poetry shack reading… Continue Reading →

Edward Gant’s Amazing Feats of Loneliness!

People Zoo present their new production Edward Gant’s Amazing Feats of Loneliness! at Hope Mill.  Previous production The Trial wowed Manchester and ended up at PUSH2017.  This play, written in 2002 by Anthony Neilson, is very different, offering new challenges and opportunities.  As we enter the space at Hope Mill, the small red circular stage sits ‘in… Continue Reading →

#JeSuis

#JeSuis, at Contact Manchester as part of Journeys Festival, is described by its choreographer as a work in progress, a platform for each of the seven performers to tell a unique story where the individual stories will evolve with real events.  ‘It’s like an onion’, says Aakash Odedra, ‘multifaceted, multi dynamic, there is no one… Continue Reading →

The Believers Are But Brothers

Javaad Alipoor’s The Believers Are But Brothers is an incredibly complex show that delves into the world of disenfranchised men, especially young Muslims.  He stands at a microphone and tells the stories of three men, two in the UK, one in the US.  He engages with the audience and discusses the reality of global politics; the… Continue Reading →