Monthly Archives: December 2016

An early look at 2017

If you’re starting to plan the first couple of months of 2017, here’s a few ideas: At the Royal Exchange, a co-production with Graeae Theatre Company presents The House of Bernarda Alba by Lorca.  Graeae are ‘a force for change in world-class theatre, breaking down barriers, challenging preconceptions, championing diversity across the sector and boldly… Continue Reading →

Queer Contact Festival 2017

From 10 to 18 February, Queer Contact Festival returns to Manchester.  2017 marks both the 60th anniversary of the Wolfenden Report, and the 50th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality.  All this against a political backdrop that threatens to challenge the inclusiveness and tolerance of recent years. The Festival boasts an impressive line up. Le… Continue Reading →

PUSH 2017

Two years ago HOME staged the 2015 Re:play Festival in temporary spaces on First Street.  Last year it was rebranded as PUSH, to reflect the change from ‘best of fringe’ to ‘celebrating North West theatremakers’.  This year’s programme is a  tempting mix of proven and brand new theatre, workshops and discussions, all focusing on the… Continue Reading →

The Man Who Planted Trees

Show: The Man Who Planted Trees Venue:  Royal Exchange Studio Dates:  to 31 Dec 2016, mostly 11.30 and 2.30. Target age:  There are moments that would appeal to young children but I think that in order to follow the language used in the narrative, probably 8+. What’s the story?  A man is travelling in France in 1913 and meets… Continue Reading →

Siege of Christmas

Venue:  Contact, Manchester Dates:  Until 22 December, 1pm and 6.30pm mainly. Target age:  Families and primary school age. What’s the story?  Someone has stolen the spirit of Christmas.  Leader of the secret soldiers, Nutcracker, and hapless manager Dan enlist our help to find it. How is it done? Immersive theatre that uses the whole of the Contact building in… Continue Reading →