Posts Tagged ‘Manchester’

Tell Me a Story

When I started to write plays I was taught about characters having objectives, journeys, barriers, needs and wants in order to create drama on stage. Apply action verbs to define what is happening on every line. All too often this leads to shallow characters doing vacuous things. Where’s the story, I would ask myself. Where… Continue Reading →

Reviewing Feeling

Why do we go to the theatre? Is it for the narrative? Is it for the acting? Or is it for the emotional response? I look down my lists of top plays for each of the last three years and I am surprised by how many of these plays made me cry. At an event… Continue Reading →

Brighton Rock

I’ve always thought it was a tricky ask to put classic literature on the stage. Sometimes it becomes too heavy, too narrative driven. At the other extreme it becomes too detached from the original, perhaps through redrawing character or excessive physical theatre. But Pilot Theatre’s production of Brighton Rock at the Lowry as part of… Continue Reading →

Making Three Sisters Relevant for Today

I can’t say I’m a Chekhov fan. Yes, I loved Uncle Vanya at HOME last year, which I described as ‘a thing of sparse beauty’. But I struggle to see what many of the plays mean to us today. My copy of Chekhov’s ‘Five Plays’ has sat on the bookshelf for five years unthumbed. But… Continue Reading →

Minefield

Have you killed anyone? What does it take to pull the trigger? What happens after? Minefield, from LIFT and performed at HOME as part of the ¡Viva! Spanish/Latin American Festival explores the effect of the Falklands War/Guerra del Atlántico Sur on three British and three Argentine soldiers. Wars live long in our memories. I visited Ushuaia… Continue Reading →