Monthly Archives: November 2014

December plays

December is always a strange time for theatre.  It’s either Christmas shows, or alternative-to-Christmas shows. Alice in Wonderland is a retelling of the classic story with music for children.  On at the Bolton Octagon until 10th January, I saw this in rehearsal and it looks fantastic. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time comes… Continue Reading →

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof – the Trouble with Reviews

I had heard mixed reviews of this play, but having seen it, I’m not sure why.  It is an excellent version of the Tennessee WIlliams classic, compelling and full of tension and lies.  On the night I saw it, Terence Wilton stood in for Big Daddy and filled the dominant presence at the centre of… Continue Reading →

Othello by Frantic Assembly

I don’t go to the Lowry as much as I should.  It’s a great theatre and has interesting shows, but it’s slightly off the Manchester radar at times.  But I was excited by the prospect of Frantic Assembly’s ‘Othello’ at the Quays Theatre (the smaller of the two main spaces – there is also an excellent… Continue Reading →

Quarantine – The Reading Room

A site specific piece of Theatre?  Performance Art?  Spoken Word?  In the Reading Room of the Manchester Central Library? Quarantine delivered ‘Reading Room’ as part of Manchester Library’s Chaos to Order week long residency curated by band ‘Everything Everything’.  The week has seen everything from stories in lifts, typewritten sentences down stairwells and morning music… Continue Reading →

King’s Arms – Fool for Love

It’s a short walk from Deansgate, over Bridge Street into Salford, but the King’s Arms is well worth a visit for both the bar and the amazing theatre it offers.  It seems to be gaining a growing reputation. ‘Fool for Love’ by Sam Shepherd is a one act play ‘performed relentlessly without a break’.  Expertly… Continue Reading →