Monthly Archives: June 2015


July in Manchester means theatre festivals.  And there are four main ones. The high profile Manchester International Festival MIF returns to the city from 2 to 19 July.  Albert Square becomes Festival Square, and performances take place throughout the city.  Is it as good as previous years?  Damon Albarn returns for at the Palace which… Continue Reading →


An hour on the train to Buxton and the scenery changes from the built up city to dramatic green countryside.  A short walk from the station, tucked away behind the impressive Edwardian Opera House, is the intimate Pavilion Arts Centre Studio.  It’s a good space seating 90, comfortable and perfect for small scale plays.  I’ve… Continue Reading →

nowt part of

The Eagle Inn in Salford plays host to nowt part of, a biennial festival running from Wednesday 24 to Sunday 28 June and showcasing four new plays. It’s a good venue, normally used for rock bands.  Seating 40 for theatre, it’s airy with a high ceiling, exposed brickwork, and a reasonable stage area.  Sound and lights… Continue Reading →


Last time I came to the Oldham Coliseum, the man in the seat next to me told me that ‘we like our comedy’.  In fact, life is beautiful, comic and tragic at the same time, and this production handles all three deftly. Dreamers follows a group of close knit, fun loving, working class women from… Continue Reading →

Kafka’s Monkey

In so many ways, Kafka’s Monkey is a masterstroke for HOME.  Originally performed in 2009, this production has toured around the world to great acclaim.  It was originally directed by Walter Meierjohann, now Artistic Director at HOME, when he was International Associate Director at the Young Vic.  This programming removes the need to produce a new play… Continue Reading →