Posts Under ‘Smaller Theatres’ Category

Medusa

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 →

November 2017 Preview

Manchester theatre has been running at full pace through all of September and October but starts to slow a little in November. Big productions opening in Manchester include Jubilee at the Royal Exchange (2-18 Nov) and Uncle Vanya at HOME (3-25 Nov). At Contact, I’d pick out two new shows, Dickie Beau’s Re-member Me ‘a… Continue Reading →

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 →