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INUK/MIF

In the car park of Manchester Communication Academy in Harpurhey, Belgian company Studio ORKA have constructed a bespoke enclosed set for their performance of INUK, a play that looks at loneliness and being forever on the move. This is part of Manchester International Festival’s year-round programme of engagement with new family audiences. Carl owns a… Continue Reading →

The Other

What I think is magnificent about Gaël Le Cornec’s ‘The Other’ at Z-Arts is that Mana – the child refugee she plays – holds on to her fairytale long after we have seen that she is living in a nightmare. Mana escapes from the Red-yellow planet on a shooting star, meeting a unicorn and a giant along… Continue Reading →

Leaving the Lights On

I’m at the Royal Exchange for Happy Days. When the play starts, the lights don’t go down, the doors stay open, even the exit signs stay on. A baby crawls towards the water next to the rotating hillock in which Maxine Peake sits, and I wonder how deep it is.  Maxine directs her next line… Continue Reading →

Tell Me a Story

When I started to write plays I was taught about characters having objectives, journeys, barriers, needs and wants in order to create drama on stage. Apply action verbs to define what is happening on every line. All too often this leads to shallow characters doing vacuous things. Where’s the story, I would ask myself. Where… Continue Reading →

Poetry along the Bridgewater Canal

If you live in Central Manchester you may well have missed some of the excellent performance and arts events as part of est.1761, designed to inspire and engage local communities with the story of the Bridgewater Canal, including Take Me to the Bridgewater last year in partnership with Blast Theory. Later this year textile artist Sally… Continue Reading →