Re:play Festival January 2015

There is so much theatre in Manchester outside the main venues.  One event tries to bring fringe theatre to a wider audience.

This year, the Re:play festival is to be held in HOME’s temporary ‘home’ at First Street from Monday 12th to Saturday 24th January 2015.  It’s a great opportunity to catch some of Manchester’s most vibrant theatre, and can be a springboard to exploring new venues and companies.  At the launch on Thursday, Walter Meierjohann, Artistic Director (Theatre) for HOME stressed that HOME would develop better links with the Manchester fringe scene; if this can be achieved it will be a significant step forward for the whole world of Manchester Theatre.

There is an excellent range of shows on at the forthcoming event:

Four ‘JB Shorts’ plays including my favourite of the year, ‘A Hairline Crack’.

‘War Stories’, a collaboration between British and Australian writers, commissioned by 24:7 Theatre.

‘Spur of the Moment’, which I understand is the first time ALRA North have participated in Re:play.

‘Colder than Here’ by new Manchester theatre company What A Little Bird Told Me.

‘Tuesdays at Tescos’, a monologue originally performed at the Taurus Bar.

‘An Evening of Filth and Despair’, a one woman comedy about erotic fiction.

‘The Tongue Twister’, a family play that was a firm favourite at this year’s 24:7 Festival.

‘The Dumb Waiter’, but how will it transfer from the cellars of the King’s Arms to the converted office space in First Street?

It’s a great collection of plays, lots of variety and a whole load of quality.  If you’re not familiar with Fringe theatre, do make the effort to see at least one of the plays.



Theatre lover, amateur director, occasional actor, writer.

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