Posts Tagged ‘Manchester’

The Roundabout

What must it be like to see theatre for the very first time in the Roundabout? Pitched in the middle of a park, it’s a bit like a small big top except that’s it’s yellow and hemispherical. You enter down a dark entrance to the side of the stage and there is anticipation, then you’re… Continue Reading →

The Fishermen

I make no secret of my general contempt for stage adaptations of books, with their clunky drama shoehorned into condensed narrative. Yet I have talked before about why I think storytelling, as opposed to drama/conflict driven performances, can produce more effective theatre. The Fishermen proves once and for all that a clever adaptation of a… Continue Reading →

INUK/MIF

In the car park of Manchester Communication Academy in Harpurhey, Belgian company Studio ORKA have constructed a bespoke enclosed set for their performance of INUK, a play that looks at loneliness and being forever on the move. This is part of Manchester International Festival’s year-round programme of engagement with new family audiences. Carl owns a… Continue Reading →

The Other

What I think is magnificent about Gaël Le Cornec’s ‘The Other’ at Z-Arts is that Mana – the child refugee she plays – holds on to her fairytale long after we have seen that she is living in a nightmare. Mana escapes from the Red-yellow planet on a shooting star, meeting a unicorn and a giant along… Continue Reading →

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 →