Monthly Archives: August 2016

September Preview

You know when Manchester theatre is changing, that you write a preview of the forthcoming month and have to miss off perfectly good shows.  There is now so much good theatre here that it’s a question of picking out the very best.  And October is another matter altogether.  So here is my selection for September…. Continue Reading →

Chrysalis/The Factory

As immersive theatre becomes increasingly popular, the Royal Exchange Theatre Young Company bring a very original and different experience to the Swan Street Studio.  The Factory sees a large part of the building transformed into a commercial enterprise – Chrysalis – that produces ethically sourced food and cosmetics.  However the truth is much deeper. Structured as much like a… Continue Reading →

Absent at the Winter Gardens Blackpool

A large part of Blackpool’s Winter Gardens have been turned into a hotel development in Absent, an installation from dreamthinkspeak. The premise is deceptively simple.  Local woman Maggie Morgan wins £1,000 on the pools in 1957 and moves into the Winter Gardens Hotel with enough money to stay for two months.  In 2016 the hotel is… Continue Reading →


As you enter the Hope Mill Bar the cast are already waiting at tables.  Buy a drink, or a token for a cocktail and find a seat.  There’s good attention to detail, glow sticks, menus with cast bios, sweets in cocktail glasses.  There’s a one to one briefing from a waitress about what will happen;… Continue Reading →

One day in Edinburgh

How to spend one day at the Edinburgh Fringe*?  I tend to stay at Pollock Halls, one of the few affordable places in Edinburgh if you want to sleep in a bed.  There’s also the huge buffet breakfast, perfect to start the day.  From there it’s a short walk to Summerhall. First show would be… Continue Reading →