Posts Under ‘Spoken Word’ Category

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 →

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 →