Posts Under ‘Large Theatre’ Category

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 →

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 →

A Christmas Carol

Looking back to when my children were younger, A Christmas Carol at the Bolton Octagon is the sort of show I would love to have taken them to.  For a start the Octagon is a really welcoming theatre, and the ‘in the round’ setting means you’re close to the action; you can see everything that’s… Continue Reading →

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 →