Posts Under ‘Spoken Word’ Category

Under Glass

There is a specific moment that stands out for me in Clod Ensemble’s Under Glass.  We’ve moved into a side area of the stage and we’re looking down on a man and a woman who are lying on a circular cushion under a circular glass surface, moving slowly and purposefully together and apart, possibly asleep…. Continue Reading →

Lemn Sissay Something Dark

Dark and light. Dark and light. Something Dark by Lemn Sissay at HOME. I’ve seen Lemn Sissay perform three times before, all in slightly different personae.  He presented the Doubleday lecture on equality and diversity in health care, in his capacity as Chancellor of Manchester University.  As a poet, at WOMAD Hip Yak poetry shack reading… Continue Reading →

Instructions for a Border Crossing

Daniel Bye’s Instructions for Border Crossing is a fascinating and in some ways remarkable piece of theatre.  At HOME as part of the Orbit Festival, this is a play about borders. Why does oppression increase the closer we approach a border? Daniel sits at a desk opposite an empty chair to which he periodically invites… Continue Reading →

Kissing the Shotgun Goodnight

I suppose how you react to Chris Brett Bailey’s new show Kissing the Shotgun Goodnight, at Contact Manchester, depends on your expectations as you enter the theatre.  If you loved This is How We Die (which I think most people did, review here), you’ll be expecting a text based performance with a degree of very… Continue Reading →

Emergency 2017

Emergency at Z Arts is Word of Warning’s annual foray into what’s new, different and emerging in the fine line that exists between performance art and theatre.  This is ‘Manchester’s micro-marathon of the bizarre and the beautiful’, featuring a mix of durational performance and staged theatre. Running from noon to 10pm, with a full evening… Continue Reading →