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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 →

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 →