Posts Under ‘Smaller Theatres’ Category

Mobile

We’d like to believe that we live in a world of complete social mobility where achievement is on merit. Certainly our politicians would like us to.   And perhaps to an extent we do, financially.  But how do we deal with the emotional complexity of social mobility? Mobile from Paper Birds (at Ramsbottom but as… Continue Reading →

Is audience participation killing theatre?

Theatre is defined by many unwritten rules.  When you first go to the theatre, these rules are unclear, on etiquette, what to wear, how to react to the performance.  On the few occasions I’ve been to a classical music concert I have struggled to understand when to clap; why is it encouraged after a big… Continue Reading →

Bears

Powder Keg, winners of the Royal Exchange’s 2016 Hodgkiss Award designed to support the realisation of a brand new piece of ambitious theatre by an exceptional artist or company in the North of England, bring Bears to the Royal Exchange Studio. We want people to see a piece that is about climate change without it… Continue Reading →

Schrödinger

Contact, Manchester , 2017.  If at a subatomic level, particles behave as waves, matter can be in two places at one time, you don’t know where a particle is until you see it, and measurement affects what you see, then what happens if you imagine this at our visible, human, real world level?  Then throw… Continue Reading →

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 →