Posts Under ‘New Writing’ Category

The Fishermen

I make no secret of my general contempt for stage adaptations of books, with their clunky drama shoehorned into condensed narrative. Yet I have talked before about why I think storytelling, as opposed to drama/conflict driven performances, can produce more effective theatre. The Fishermen proves once and for all that a clever adaptation of a… Continue Reading →

Medusa

My name is Medusa, I’m thirteen, and this is my poem. Proper Job Theatre have taken the classic tale of Medusa and combined this with contemporary issues around sexual assault and society’s perception of women to produce a quite amazing production at the Lowry studio.  Structured around a mix of contemporary performance and ‘play with… 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 →

JB Shorts 18

JB Shorts return to their new home at 53two for JB Shorts 18.  It’s a great space for this event. Certainly JB Shorts know what they are doing.  Under the billing of An Evening of Six Fifteen Minute Plays by Top TV Writers, the presentation has a particular style, perhaps more accessible than the usual theatre… 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 →