February in Manchester

At Contact the highlight is Queer Contact, which I previewed here.  But also look out for Made in India, which considers ethical dilemmas of international surrogacy and had strong reviews in Coventry prior to its tour (21 – 22 Feb).

Graeae Theatre combine with the Royal Exchange to present The House of Bernarda Alba from 3 – 25 Feb.  ‘Lorca’s final masterpiece is a bitter and darkly comic tragedy that charts the tyranny, jealousy and desperate struggle for freedom that will tear Bernarda and her daughters apart’.  Details here.

Another classic play that looks well worth seeing is Victorian mystery thriller Gaslight, at the Oldham Coliseum from 3 – 18 Feb.  Details here.

Manchester ADP have been showcasing new writing for over a year now in both their trademark 15 minute format and longer pieces.  This month sees Full Force February, script-in-hand events every Monday at the Kings Arms.  Details here.

Hope Mill Theatre is gaining a strong following and from 6-11 Feb A Kidnapping comes to their stage.  Described as a twisted farce, it’s a great excuse to check out this newish venue if you’ve never been there.

Looking towards March, Reveal is based in and around Bolton Octagon from 28 Feb – 18 Mar.  Last year there was innovative and engaging theatre with strong local connections and some excellent site specific work.  Details here.

Looking even further ahead, from 8-25 March SICK! Festival celebrates ‘life, death and survival, exploring subjects that are hugely important to us, however difficult that might be’.  Programmed right across the city and encompassing Contact, HOME, the Lowry, Whitworth Art Gallery and Central Library, this has a very impressive line up which I’ll look at closer to the time.

Theatre lover, amateur director, occasional actor, writer.

3 Responses to “February in Manchester”

  1. Marie says:

    Hi Dave,

    Would you be interested in reviewing our forthcoming production of Constellations at The Hope Mill? It’s on from 20th – 25th Feb. Press night is 21st Feb.


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