October Theatre in Manchester

October offers the chance to see two different takes on 1950s McCarthyism and how the themes still resonate today.

The superb Royal Exchange production of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible continues until 24 October.  This stripped back version explores how greed, fear and revenge spiral out of control when lies replace truth.  See my review here.

From 8 – 31 October Bolton Octagon present Ibsen’s Enemy of the People.  Adapted by Arthur Miller in the 50s, this play ‘explores the conflict between the need to stand up for the truth when faced with the political and economic pressures that drive the agendas of those in power’.

HOME continues to bring innovative theatre to Manchester with three productions in October.  My pick is Golem by the ‘fabulously inventive theatre group 1927 (Guardian)’.  Blending animation, music and performance, who or what is in control of our technologies?

At Contact, don’t miss Forced Entertainment’s The Notebook from 20 – 22 October.  Twin brothers are evacuated to the Hungarian countryside during the Second World War.  Social outsiders, the brothers try to live by consistent principles in a Central Europe crumbling into cruelty and opportunism.

At the Lowry studio, try Ghost Opera by FellSwoop, from 15 – 16 October.  Produced as part of the Lowry’s ‘Developed With’ programme, two strangers meet at a spa, both haunted by living ghosts.  Read more about the Lowry studio’s autumn season here.

At Salford Arts Theatre, Phil Porter’s Blink is a lovely tale of two people who meet remotely and try to make their relationship work in real life.  From 24 – 26 October.

Hot on the heels of their site specific Salford installation Domestic 2, Word of Warning’s Emergency showcases 25 short pieces of live art and contemporary performance.  At Z-Arts on 3 October.

A success at the 2014 24:7 Festival, Box of Tricks returns in October and November.  Touring throughout the North West, this production explores the relationship between two brothers, and asks if forgiveness can ever come too late.


Theatre lover, amateur director, occasional actor, writer.

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