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Hamlet in Castlefield

The evening is drawing in, the rain that delayed the start begins to spit again and the audience huddle under umbrellas.  In the distance the sounds of a drunken Saturday night spill out of Castlefield, a train rumbles past.  In the evocative and surreal open air setting of Castlefield’s Roman Fort, the birthplace of Manchester,… Continue Reading →

Heaton Park Midsummer Night’s Dream

Feelgood Theatre performed regularly at Heaton Park from 1998 to 2008.  After last year’s successful Whispers of Heaton the company  return with a promenade performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream that weaves its way from the hall entrance into the ornamental gardens and back inside the beautiful rooms of the hall.  Drawing on the musical… Continue Reading →

MIF17: Cotton Panic!

If you break Cotton Panic! down into its constituent parts, each is strong.  The location is Campfield Market, an eery throwback to Manchester’s industrial past.  The audience stand with two giant video screens at either side, as if in an art gallery video installation.  To the front, on stage are three musicians looking every bit… Continue Reading →

What if Women Ruled the World?

There is no question that What if Women Ruled the World? is a profoundly messy production.  Gender stereotypes are thrown around at will and we veer violently from one to the next. The five experts have such a short time to make their proposals, the effect is heightened, almost surreal. The gap between the actors and… Continue Reading →

Party Skills for the End of the World

Manchester International Festival’s 2017 theatre offering starts with Party Skills for the End of the World, ‘a wild, immersive show that will teach you how to get by when the end comes and it’s time to celebrate everything that’s made life worth living’.  And that is what this production sets out to do.  It asks the big… Continue Reading →