Monthly Archives: August 2015

Irlam Festival Fringe 2015

Following the success of the first Irlam Festival Fringe in 2014, it’s back this year for two nights – 27, 28 August – in the Irlam Men’s Catholic Club, a short walk from Irlam station.  The Festival is organised by Jane McNulty, whose track record includes writing ‘A Hairline Crack’, my pick of JB Shorts 12,… Continue Reading →

September Theatre in Manchester

So after the quiet of August (unless you were fortunate to spend the month in Edinburgh), Manchester’s theatre comes back to life in September. Fresh from the Edinburgh Fringe, Paines Plough’s Roundabout heads to the Lowry for six days from 15-20 September.  There’s a mix of established theatre and new writing, but the venue is worth… Continue Reading →

Watching rehearsals for Northern Ballet’s 1984

Watching the two Premier Dancers playing Winston and Julia in the studio at Northern Ballet in Leeds during rehearsals for 1984, I am struck by the precision and detail behind everything they do.  Each move is tailored to tell a small part of the story or to develop a specific emotion in the relationship between Julia… Continue Reading →

My Favourite Places

It’s August and the theatres are quiet in Manchester.  In fact, if you like theatre, you’re probably in Edinburgh, or about to go.  But I’m still in Manchester, fulfilled by everything Manchester had to offer in July (and working) so I thought this was a good chance to go through some of my favourite places… Continue Reading →