Black Teeth and a Brilliant Smile

Black Teeth and a Brilliant Smile

31 May 2019. The Ambassador, Bradford. That Andrea Dunbar's life and work continue to fascinate is unsurprising. Even today, theatres aren't exactly awash with the words of working-class women writers, and the lives and places that Dunbar chronicled remain a rare sight on stage. In Adelle Stripe's excellent fictionalized account of her life, Dunbar refers [...]

Bright Futures

Bright Futures

16 May 2019. The Lowry, Salford. As the tram winds it way from town to Salford Quays, the view from the window is a rapidly evolving blur of construction sites and new buildings. As well as the seemingly never-ending apartment blocks, glass fronted office complexes and trendy business parks loom large. What goes on inside [...]

Visitors

Visitors

18 April 2019. Oldham Coliseum. Two comfortable armchairs in front of the fire. Shelves housing collections of plates, books and china. Prize-winning rosettes proudly pinned to the wall. Family photographs jostling for space on the mantlepiece. A lifetime of memories all out on display. This is Edie and Arthur's home, and it's quickly established that [...]

Adieu

Adieu

18 April 2019. Royal Exchange, Manchester. "You are invited to attend a Surprise Leaving Party for Amy Waters (Postwoman Extraordinaire) at Albion Close Community Centre". 'Guests' find themselves seated at big round tables. There's plenty of bunting and balloons, and the organisers make sure you've got your silly pointy hat on and party poppers at [...]

West Side Story

West Side Story

11 April 2019. Royal Exchange, Manchester. Sarah Frankcom's revival of Jerome Robbins' popular musical has undoubtedly captured the attention of Manchester audiences, with the show's entire run selling out before opening night. However, the production has also secured a unique place in the West Side Story 'hall of fame' by being the first major professional [...]