Posts Tagged ‘MIF’

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 →

MIF17: Fatherland

A conversation about MIF’s Fatherland at the Royal Exchange, shortly after the end of the performance. Son:  I just felt like I spent half of the play feeling like I wasn’t getting what I should be getting.  It felt there was so much left out, for the audience to fill in how the relationships were… Continue Reading →

What if Women Ruled the World?

There is no question that What if Women Ruled the World? is a profoundly messy production.  Gender stereotypes are thrown around at will and we veer violently from one to the next. The five experts have such a short time to make their proposals, the effect is heightened, almost surreal. The gap between the actors and… Continue Reading →

Party Skills for the End of the World

Manchester International Festival’s 2017 theatre offering starts with Party Skills for the End of the World, ‘a wild, immersive show that will teach you how to get by when the end comes and it’s time to celebrate everything that’s made life worth living’.  And that is what this production sets out to do.  It asks the big… Continue Reading →

FLARE17

The Flare International Festival of New Theatre returns to Manchester from 4 to 8 July 2017 with performances at Home, The Lowry, The Royal Exchange, Contact, The Martin Harris Centre and 70 Oxford St (the old Cornerhouse building). The last, FLARE15, was one of my highlights of 2015.  Performance reviews are here and here. I talk to Artistic… Continue Reading →