Posts Tagged ‘Peake’

Leaving the Lights On

I’m at the Royal Exchange for Happy Days. When the play starts, the lights don’t go down, the doors stay open, even the exit signs stay on. A baby crawls towards the water next to the rotating hillock in which Maxine Peake sits, and I wonder how deep it is.  Maxine directs her next line… Continue Reading →

Streetcar Named Desire

The second half of the Royal Exchange’s production of A Streetcar Named Desire is one of the best hours of theatre you’ll see in Manchester this year.  This is a performance of such intensity, especially from Maxine Peake (Blanche DuBois) and Ben Batt (Stanley Kowalski), who is particularly strong throughout.  The green baize set is perfect… Continue Reading →

Manchester Histories

Manchester Histories Festival ran from 3 to 12 June, and amongst all the excellent events celebrating Manchester’s past was a surprising amount of theatre and music.  Two pieces of note were Maxine Peake and No Power on Earth. Maxine Peake spoke at Manchester Town Hall about Ordinary Individuals Doing Extraordinary Things, based on her radio… Continue Reading →

The Skriker

Long after the Manchester International Festival has ended, its spirit lives on in the Royal Exchange’s production of Carly Churchill’s Skriker, starring Maxine Peake.  In a recent Guardian interview she described the themes as ‘Femininity, womanhood and motherhood being tied together by Mother Earth.’  These themes are the strong links that hold this production together.  And… Continue Reading →