Monthly Archives: October 2014

November Plays in Manchester

October has been a fantastic month for plays in Manchester.  November is quieter. The month starts with Family Matters at Z-Arts, which ‘features five distinct takes on family life exploring the new realities of relationships to lay bare the undocumented 21st century household’.  The Royal Exchange has been showcasing each of the five monologues over the… Continue Reading →

The Events – HOME

Watching David Greig’s ‘The Events’ is like watching a wave coming into shore; you know it’ll break, but on the away there are eddies under and white tops over.  And you know that it will eventually recede but leave everything changed. ‘The Events’ was voted in the top ten of many Guardian theatre critics lists… Continue Reading →

Sale Waterside and the First World War

Amongst all the many First World War offerings at the moment, ‘Our Friends, The Enemy’ at the Sale Waterside looked interesting.  Sale Waterside Arts Centre is barely fifteen minutes on the tram from Manchester, but until now I was unaware that it existed – and the small audience for what turned out to be an… Continue Reading →

Secret Theatre – Swan Street

It turns out this is the first performance in the Royal Exchange’s Swan Street rehearsal space.  It’s an interesting space to use.  It feels experimental.  It feels like you’re walking into a workshop.  It’s intimate and there is nowhere for anyone to hide.  It’s perfect for this Secret Theatre show – A Series of Increasingly Impossible… Continue Reading →

Capitol – Brezhnev’s Children

Capitol Theatre

‘First there was freedom, then there was the Terror and now there’s nothing but mud.’ (Brezhnev’s Children) The Capitol is MMU’s theatre for students on acting courses within the School of Art.  The course is highly regarded, and it’s a great opportunity to see up and coming talent in often challenging plays that are well staged… Continue Reading →