Posts Under ‘Spoken Word’ Category

Tell Me a Story

When I started to write plays I was taught about characters having objectives, journeys, barriers, needs and wants in order to create drama on stage. Apply action verbs to define what is happening on every line. All too often this leads to shallow characters doing vacuous things. Where’s the story, I would ask myself. Where… Continue Reading →

Poetry along the Bridgewater Canal

If you live in Central Manchester you may well have missed some of the excellent performance and arts events as part of est.1761, designed to inspire and engage local communities with the story of the Bridgewater Canal, including Take Me to the Bridgewater last year in partnership with Blast Theory. Later this year textile artist Sally… 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 →

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 →