Posts Tagged ‘Manchester’

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 →

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 →

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 →

The Weir

It is 20 years since Conor McPherson’s play The Weir premiered at the Royal Court, and ten years since I was captivated by the dialogue in a play reading group.  English Touring Theatre’s performance at Oldham Coliseum was everything I hoped it would be, and more.  The staging is intimate, the play perfectly paced and… Continue Reading →