Posts Under ‘Smaller Theatres’ Category

Water Seeds Not Stones

I don’t normally review work in development, but Elmi Ali’s Water Seeds Not Stones at Contact as part of Flying Solo 2017 is a show that I want to discuss.  Inspired by the traders on Manchester’s Market Street who are forever on the move and who will go to any lengths to sell you their… Continue Reading →

Sentinel

I’m fascinated by how visuals and music can combine to tell a story. Not a gig with video, not gig-theatre (eg Klanghaus) but a production that sets out to place the video, the message and the music on an equal footing.  Sentinel at Sale Waterside, part of the Manchester Science Festival, weaves music and video… Continue Reading →

Edward Gant’s Amazing Feats of Loneliness!

People Zoo present their new production Edward Gant’s Amazing Feats of Loneliness! at Hope Mill.  Previous production The Trial wowed Manchester and ended up at PUSH2017.  This play, written in 2002 by Anthony Neilson, is very different, offering new challenges and opportunities.  As we enter the space at Hope Mill, the small red circular stage sits ‘in… Continue Reading →

#JeSuis

#JeSuis, at Contact Manchester as part of Journeys Festival, is described by its choreographer as a work in progress, a platform for each of the seven performers to tell a unique story where the individual stories will evolve with real events.  ‘It’s like an onion’, says Aakash Odedra, ‘multifaceted, multi dynamic, there is no one… Continue Reading →

The Believers Are But Brothers

Javaad Alipoor’s The Believers Are But Brothers is an incredibly complex show that delves into the world of disenfranchised men, especially young Muslims.  He stands at a microphone and tells the stories of three men, two in the UK, one in the US.  He engages with the audience and discusses the reality of global politics; the… Continue Reading →