Posts Under ‘Large Theatre’ Category

Why does the Bruntwood Prize matter?

Yesterday the winners of the 2017 Bruntwood Prize were announced at a ceremony at the Royal Exchange.  In effect there were six winners; an overall Prize Winner, three Judges Awards and two plays selected for development support.  It is likely we will see at least four of these performed at the Royal Exchange either in… Continue Reading →

Uncle Vanya

There is a scene in HOME’s Uncle Vanya where Yelena, the young wife of an aged professor, holds Uncle Vanya’s hand in a very intimate way, suggesting emotional closeness.  He tells her that he loves her, but she pulls her hand away, offended.  Uncle Vanya does not know how to break the barriers in his mind… Continue Reading →

Jubilee

I like what the Royal Exchange are doing at the moment, the way they are experimenting with not only subject matter but also form, for example Parliament Square.  Jubilee, directed by Chris Goode, continues that trajectory, bringing to the main stage a play full of subversion and devised theatre, sexual diversity and violence. It’s always… Continue Reading →

November 2017 Preview

Manchester theatre has been running at full pace through all of September and October but starts to slow a little in November. Big productions opening in Manchester include Jubilee at the Royal Exchange (2-18 Nov) and Uncle Vanya at HOME (3-25 Nov). At Contact, I’d pick out two new shows, Dickie Beau’s Re-member Me ‘a… Continue Reading →

Parliament Square

Parliament Square by James Fritz is the third of the 2015 Bruntwood Prize winners to be performed at the Royal Exchange (Wish List, How My Light is Spent), and the first to be performed in the main space.  At first this seems an odd decision.  Wish List always struck me as a play that should… Continue Reading →