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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 →

Under Glass

There is a specific moment that stands out for me in Clod Ensemble’s Under Glass.  We’ve moved into a side area of the stage and we’re looking down on a man and a woman who are lying on a circular cushion under a circular glass surface, moving slowly and purposefully together and apart, possibly asleep…. Continue Reading →

Emergency 2017

Emergency at Z Arts is Word of Warning’s annual foray into what’s new, different and emerging in the fine line that exists between performance art and theatre.  This is ‘Manchester’s micro-marathon of the bizarre and the beautiful’, featuring a mix of durational performance and staged theatre. Running from noon to 10pm, with a full evening… Continue Reading →

Bravado

In a darkened room above the Briton’s Protection in Manchester, the wallpaper looks exactly like it would in the domestic scenes that Scottee’s text creates.  To the rear, three television screens play nineties TV series (Gladiators, Baywatch, Johnny Bravo, Dad’s Army, etc) that in some way stereotype ‘maleness’.  The performer is not Scottee, but a… Continue Reading →