Posts Under ‘Outside Manchester’ Category

Mobile

We’d like to believe that we live in a world of complete social mobility where achievement is on merit. Certainly our politicians would like us to.   And perhaps to an extent we do, financially.  But how do we deal with the emotional complexity of social mobility? Mobile from Paper Birds (at Ramsbottom but as… Continue Reading →

Bolton Octagon 50th Season

Bolton Octagon

I was fortunate to attend the recent launch of Bolton Octagon’s 50th Anniversary Season, running from August 2017 until August 2018.  Certainly both Artistic Director Elizabeth Newman and Chief Executive Roddy Gauld were very clear that the Octagon is a theatre for Bolton and surrounding areas.  The programming has in the past, and continues to, reflect… Continue Reading →

Macclesfield Potato Riot

It’s easy living in the middle of Manchester to miss the wide range of community events going on in the North West.  But Macclesfield has a special place in my heart (I direct amateur theatre at MADS, and I was performing spoken word in Mash after this event) and there was a Potato Riot taking… Continue Reading →

The Burnley Buggers’ Ball

To mark the 50th anniversary of the Sexual Offences Act, LGBT History Month bring two plays set in the seventies to Burnley.  I could have seen these in Manchester the previous night, but seeing them in their original setting is so much more powerful.  The train to Burnley winds its way out of Manchester, passing through… Continue Reading →

These Rooms (Dublin)

Sometimes what makes theatre is a grand narrative, a big event.  But at other times it’s the tiny, fleeting and intimate moments that you could not experience any other way.  And so it is with These Rooms, a new immersive production in Dublin from ANU Productions and CoisCéim Dance Theatre. In terms of structure, the… Continue Reading →