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Dementia and the Arts

It’s easy as a critic to focus on the play as performance.  But what about the play as educator?  I recall the post show discussion for Open Clasp’s Key Change, talking about a performance in the Houses of Parliament to highlight the issues of women in prison.  On Saturday I watched Haylo Theatre’s Over the… Continue Reading →

Macclesfield Potato Riot

It’s easy living in the middle of Manchester to miss the wide range of community events going on in the North West.  But Macclesfield has a special place in my heart (I direct amateur theatre at MADS, and I was performing spoken word in Mash after this event) and there was a Potato Riot taking… Continue Reading →

Take Me to the Bridgewater

I’m at Worsley Library for Blast Theory’s Take Me to the Bridgewater. I lived just down the road in Monton in 1990.  The Canal was the dangerous but quick route home after a night out in the Bridgewater, otherwise I was barely aware of its existence and certainly not its unique history. Since I moved… Continue Reading →

Remains

In a Bolton housing estate, one house stands out.  The fences are covered with ‘Missing’ posters of Lottie.  The door is open; it’s an open house to finally sell the place.  The two events are nine years apart but are inescapably linked.  Remains looks at the relationship between two young girls after their sister goes missing,… Continue Reading →

The Burnley Buggers’ Ball

To mark the 50th anniversary of the Sexual Offences Act, LGBT History Month bring two plays set in the seventies to Burnley.  I could have seen these in Manchester the previous night, but seeing them in their original setting is so much more powerful.  The train to Burnley winds its way out of Manchester, passing through… Continue Reading →