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The Trial

The setting for Trial is Bolton Council Chamber, which immediately creates a sense of legal formality. The play weaves four short plays, written by the four performers, around a verbatim transcript of a woman giving evidence at a trial against a teacher. It’s an effective premise that sets the scene for some complex issues around… 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 →

Handlooms

Handlooms is set in a sari shop on Wilmslow Road, Manchester, which is going through a crisis as a result of changing tastes. The saris on display and at the heart of the performance are beautiful handmade works of art – costing over £1,000 each. When you touch the material and see the unique designs… Continue Reading →

She Bangs the Drums

This review was first published on the MTA site on 9 March 2018. Contact Young Company (CYC) have collaborated with many established theatre makers over the years to develop fascinating shows, predominantly of a devised nature. Current production She Bangs the Drums is directed by  Louise Mothersole and Rebecca Biscuit of Sh!t Theatre (Letters to… 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 →