Posts Under ‘Physical Theatre’ Category

The Other

What I think is magnificent about Gaël Le Cornec’s ‘The Other’ at Z-Arts is that Mana – the child refugee she plays – holds on to her fairytale long after we have seen that she is living in a nightmare. Mana escapes from the Red-yellow planet on a shooting star, meeting a unicorn and a giant along… Continue Reading →

Hikikomori

‘On the other side of the door, outside my room, nobody misses me,’ says schoolboy Nils. Yet outside, his mother sits and worries what to do, and his father waits. As audience members we listen to the words through headphones. We can choose which of the three narratives to follow. Schoolchildren in the audience listen… Continue Reading →

Making Three Sisters Relevant for Today

I can’t say I’m a Chekhov fan. Yes, I loved Uncle Vanya at HOME last year, which I described as ‘a thing of sparse beauty’. But I struggle to see what many of the plays mean to us today. My copy of Chekhov’s ‘Five Plays’ has sat on the bookshelf for five years unthumbed. But… Continue Reading →

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 →