Monthly Archives: February 2015

John – a powerful emotional journey

It’s a cold Friday night on the tram to the Lowry theatre.  The theatre is packed.  There is an air of expectation. DV8’s John at the Lowry is a wonderful mix of storytelling, theatre and physical theatre.  Based on verbatim recordings from a single individual, John charts one man’s journey from a violent home through fragmented… Continue Reading →

Too Much Information

Put on your headphones, enable the GPS phone and set off into the streets of Manchester to find highlighted locations.  Listen to the words, look at the surroundings.  Feel how a familiar location changes.  Feel yourself moving in time. Too Much Information is a new work by Blast Theory,  created in partnership with the Royal… Continue Reading →

March plays

March is another month for searching out the best of Manchester’s theatre in smaller venues. At the Cornerhouse Playtime closes on March 15.   It’s not theatre but it’s the only chance you’re likely to get to run through a room of saloon doors.  If you’ve never seen the art exhibitions this is your very last chance… Continue Reading →


Visually spectacular and claustrophobic, the intimate Royal Exchange stage and auditorium filled with a large community ensemble, Scuttlers takes you back to the street gangs of 1885 Ancoats.  Supported by an original soundtrack that is both atmospheric and industrial, and with a simple but effective set, the theatre is transformed into the meeting place for two… Continue Reading →

Prize Winning Yen

Anna Jordan’s Yen was the winner of the 2013 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting, and is at the Royal Exchange studio from 18 Feb to 7 March. This is a truly brilliant and brutal play about the consequences of growing up without boundaries, and without valid role models.  The play has a wonderful physicality that brings the… Continue Reading →