October plays

October in Manchester provides a real variety of innovative and challenging plays across a wide range of venues.  I would recommend looking beyond the established theatre venues and trying at least one of these.


The Studio at the Royal Exchange has a reputation for staging challenging and innovative new plays. The latest production is ‘Crocodiles’, by Lee Mattinson (1 to 18 October):

‘Crocodiles brings to life a dystopian, modern-fairy-tale town where fact and fiction weave as tightly and snag as easily as [the mother’s] knitting.’

JB Shorts

JB Shorts (7 to 18 October) http://www.jbshorts.co.uk is a showcase of six new 15 minute plays usually by established TV writers, featuring great directors and actors.  It’s set in the atmospheric cellars underneath the Joshua Brooks and is usually an enjoyable and varied evening.

Capitol Theatre

The universities are back and the Capitol Theatre, MMU’s performance space, presents Brezhnev’s Children (15 to 18 October) http://www.capitoltheatre.mmu.ac.uk/production/2014/brezhnevs-children/ .  The acting is always of a very high standard and these plays are highly recommended.

The Events at HOME

HOME continues its peripatetic start to life with a production of ‘The Events’ (22 to 25 October) in what is really an office block opposite its own near complete building, at First Street.  I have no doubt they will use the space in a very innovative way.

‘David Greig’s daring new play asks how far forgiveness can go in the face of atrocity within your own community. Featuring local choirs from Manchester and a soaring soundtrack, The Events tells of tragedy, obsession and our destructive desire to fathom the unfathomable.’

Rep at Salford Arts

Finally there is ‘mini rep’ season throughout October at Salford Arts Theatre http://www.salfordartstheatre.com featuring four different plays by the 1956 Theatre Company.  Some of Manchester’s most innovative theatre is at the small venues.


Theatre lover, amateur director, occasional actor, writer.

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