Jubilee

I like what the Royal Exchange are doing at the moment, the way they are experimenting with not only subject matter but also form, for example Parliament Square.  Jubilee, directed by Chris Goode, continues that trajectory, bringing to the main stage a play full of subversion and devised theatre, sexual diversity and violence. It’s always… 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 →

Parliament Square

Parliament Square by James Fritz is the third of the 2015 Bruntwood Prize winners to be performed at the Royal Exchange (Wish List, How My Light is Spent), and the first to be performed in the main space.  At first this seems an odd decision.  Wish List always struck me as a play that should… Continue Reading →