Posts Tagged ‘Manchester’

We Were Told There Was Dancing

It must be both a daunting challenge and an exciting opportunity to be able to use the underground areas of the Royal Exchange for a promenade play.  But that’s exactly what the Royal Exchange Young Company have done with We Were Told There Was Dancing.  ‘Charting the shifting and stalling attitudes to gay rights’, we… Continue Reading →

Edinburgh – How To Win Against History

During last year’s Edinburgh Fringe I saw How to Win Against History in the Assembly Box, an intimate shipping container with 80 seats.  This year it’s moved up in the world to the Assembly Piccolo, a 200 seat tent in a beautiful, traditional style with bench seating.  Billed as a musical but really a play with… Continue Reading →

Contractions / North of Providence

Play With Fire, who have previously presented powerful writing in Orphans and Sans Merci, present a double bill as part of the 2017 GM Fringe at 53two. Contractions by Mike Bartlett, directed by Sam Redway, looks at how far employers and employees will go in pursuit of the company’s needs.  It’s a play that is… Continue Reading →

Hamlet in Castlefield

The evening is drawing in, the rain that delayed the start begins to spit again and the audience huddle under umbrellas.  In the distance the sounds of a drunken Saturday night spill out of Castlefield, a train rumbles past.  In the evocative and surreal open air setting of Castlefield’s Roman Fort, the birthplace of Manchester,… Continue Reading →

The Loves of Others

Alex Keelan’s play for the 2017 GM Fringe is The Loves of Others at 53two.  I was impressed with her last production, Angel of the House, and this is equally well written but very different.  Versatility in a writer is a rare thing. The play focuses on two dinner parties maybe a year apart, in… Continue Reading →