Monthly Archives: February 2016


Co-produced with Glasgow’s Citizens Theatre, Beckett’s Endgame hits the stage at HOME until 12 March 2016. The play opens, and the set forms a post-apocalyptic room.  Slowly, hobbling and with effort, Clov places stepladders under each window and opens the curtains in turn.  The sense of place is perfectly evoked; dingy interior, low sun outside.  He removes the coversheet from… Continue Reading →

Husbands and Sons

The latest production from the Royal Exchange, Husbands and Sons is an amalgam of three of DH Lawrence’s plays, set in an East Midlands mining community around 1900 – The Daughter-in-Law, A Collier’s Friday Night and The Widowing of Mrs Holroyd. Because the play has been formed by three overlapping stories, there is no strong plot arc to draw… Continue Reading →

iOrganic at Chetham’s Library

One of the things I love about living in Manchester is that iconic, valuable spaces are given over to intimate, site specific performances.  And so it is with The Unreal Tour from iOrganic, a half hour short story tour of Chetham’s Library in the darkening evening, torches included. iOrganic are a performance company founded by… Continue Reading →


The Anthony Burgess Foundation plays host to Medea, the latest play from Crystallize Theatre Productions.  It’s a lovely venue, with a flexible performance space, although seating on a single level can make sight lines tricky despite the raised stage. Medea is described as a modern retelling of the classic Greek tragedy.  Simon Norrie (Artistic Director):… Continue Reading →

Showzam! in Blackpool (or why circus is hot)

Showzam! is Blackpool’s annual festival of circus and performance running mainly from 14 to 16 Feb.  It’s supported by LeftCoast, an Arts Council funded programme to support arts and culture along the Fylde Coast. Why don’t we love circus more in Britain?  I mean, we go as children, and as parents.  But for the typical,… Continue Reading →