A Christmas Carol

Looking back to when my children were younger, A Christmas Carol at the Bolton Octagon is the sort of show I would love to have taken them to.  For a start the Octagon is a really welcoming theatre, and the ‘in the round’ setting means you’re close to the action; you can see everything that’s… Continue Reading →

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 →

Why does the Bruntwood Prize matter?

Yesterday the winners of the 2017 Bruntwood Prize were announced at a ceremony at the Royal Exchange.  In effect there were six winners; an overall Prize Winner, three Judges Awards and two plays selected for development support.  It is likely we will see at least four of these performed at the Royal Exchange either in… Continue Reading →

JB Shorts 18

JB Shorts return to their new home at 53two for JB Shorts 18.  It’s a great space for this event. Certainly JB Shorts know what they are doing.  Under the billing of An Evening of Six Fifteen Minute Plays by Top TV Writers, the presentation has a particular style, perhaps more accessible than the usual theatre… Continue Reading →

Uncle Vanya

There is a scene in HOME’s Uncle Vanya where Yelena, the young wife of an aged professor, holds Uncle Vanya’s hand in a very intimate way, suggesting emotional closeness.  He tells her that he loves her, but she pulls her hand away, offended.  Uncle Vanya does not know how to break the barriers in his mind… Continue Reading →