Posts Under ‘Spoken Word’ Category

Mercutio and Tybalt

Mercutio and Tybalt from Oxford based Leaning House, performed at MADS theatre in Macclesfield, approaches Romeo and Juliet from a new angle.  It’s easy to draw parallels with the classic Shakespeare inspired Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, but whereas that explored the existentialist world, this play is firmly rooted in the physical and emotional relationship… 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 →

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 →