Posts Under ‘Smaller Theatres’ Category


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 →

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 →

Re-Member Me

‘Award-winning lip synch maestro and intrepid drag fabulist, Dickie Beau’ brings Re-Member Me to Contact. Re-Member Me is very much a one man play about why actors and directors do Hamlet, the role of the critic in recording that performance, and the question of what exactly do we want to be remembered for, in the… Continue Reading →

Man on the Moon

Keisha Thompson’s Man on the Moon at Contact is effectively a short story that has been developed into a theatre show.  And it is an engaging, beautifully written story that has the quality and depth to hold the attention for well over an hour.  I suppose it’s called Man on the Moon because it’s both about… Continue Reading →


My name is Medusa, I’m thirteen, and this is my poem. Proper Job Theatre have taken the classic tale of Medusa and combined this with contemporary issues around sexual assault and society’s perception of women to produce a quite amazing production at the Lowry studio.  Structured around a mix of contemporary performance and ‘play with… Continue Reading →