Posts Tagged ‘Oldham’

Shakespeare in the Autumn

During September and October I have seen six different Shakespeare productions, each of which has tried to do something different to bring the text to life, or to relate the themes more closely to contemporary issues. What have they done and has this been successful? Othello from English Touring Theatre (reviewed here) at Oldham Coliseum… Continue Reading →

Othello

English Touring Theatre bring Othello to Oldham Coliseum as part of a national tour, the same theatre and company that presented the superb Weir last year. This is an Othello with the ambition to relate to modern day events, to reflect the challenges we see both nationally and globally of ‘them’ and ‘us’. The set… 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 →

October Theatre

October in Manchester is busy for theatre and performance, so busy that you couldn’t possibly see all the good things that are lined up.  But here’s a few that look well worth checking out. At HOME, Orbit Festival runs until 15 October and includes a range of brilliant shows, some of which I’ve seen before… Continue Reading →

June theatre

For June, here is a selection of performances that may be just off your radar.  A good opportunity to see something different and perhaps unique. Oldham Coliseum showcases new writing and emerging talent with First Break, 22 – 30 June.  A packed programme of plays, rehearsed readings, showcases and discussion in the Coliseum Studio.   HOME… Continue Reading →