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Best of 2017

There is no question that there is now too much theatre in Manchester for one person to even start to cover.  Therefore, this list will always have omissions.  I like to think of this as my personal list.  Of course, I have the benefit of hindsight, which sometimes adds a new layer to a review… Continue Reading →

Why I’m taking a break from blogging

I’ve decided to take a couple of months off blogging. Theatre blogging is, frankly, great.  It’s a brilliant opportunity to see a diverse range of theatre, to be introduced to performances that I might never have seen.  It’s a chance to make sure I catch those plays I really want to see.  And the people… Continue Reading →

Real Magic

Things I am thinking about Real Magic from Forced Entertainment at HOME as I sit in the bath afterwards: The use of repetition in theatre – in this case the endless repetition of a short scene involving the guessing of one of three words that one of the three performers is thinking – can work…. Continue Reading →

Re-Member Me

‘Award-winning lip synch maestro and intrepid drag fabulist, Dickie Beau’ brings Re-Member Me to Contact. Re-Member Me is very much a one man play about why actors and directors do Hamlet, the role of the critic in recording that performance, and the question of what exactly do we want to be remembered for, in the… Continue Reading →

Man on the Moon

Keisha Thompson’s Man on the Moon at Contact is effectively a short story that has been developed into a theatre show.  And it is an engaging, beautifully written story that has the quality and depth to hold the attention for well over an hour.  I suppose it’s called Man on the Moon because it’s both about… Continue Reading →