Posts Under ‘Outside Manchester’ Category

Shakespeare in the Autumn

During September and October I have seen six different Shakespeare productions, each of which has tried to do something different to bring the text to life, or to relate the themes more closely to contemporary issues. What have they done and has this been successful? Othello from English Touring Theatre (reviewed here) at Oldham Coliseum… Continue Reading →

Watching theatre in a language that is not your own

Tonight I’m seeing a play in German. Before it even starts I’ve bought a programme for another performance in the same building because my German isn’t really up to this. But that’s OK, it’s only €1.50 and I’m interested in how different theatres put together their programmes. Anyway I’m early and need something to read…. Continue Reading →

Frankensteins

Two hundred years after writing, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein appears to be more relevant today than at any other point. We are on the verge of creating beings in our image, whether through genetics, bioengineering or Artificial Intelligence. We will face the challenge over how to control our creations, just as Frankenstein did. And in a… 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 →

Hull – It’s Different for Girls

I’ve made the trip over to Beverley near Hull, to the wonderful East Riding Theatre.  Hull is UK City of Culture and I promised myself I’d make the trip this year – there’s a lot going on and it’s a city well worth getting to know again.  Also, two of Manchester’s talented actors – Abey… Continue Reading →