Scorch

Scorch

Contact, Manchester. 24th May 2017. Kes falls in love with Jools and they split up. Kes experiences the joy and pain of a first love. But this is different - Kes was born a girl, and is beginning to identify as a boy. She develops a masculine persona online, meets Jools there and forms a [...]

Heads Up

Heads Up

HOME, Manchester. 19th May 2017. Kieran Hurley's one man show is an incredible rallying cry foretelling the end of the word. Its seeming simplicity hides a complex narrative and a compelling vision. A big table, laden with lights and a control panel. A chair. He takes a seat and puts a match to a candle [...]

Winter Hill

Winter Hill

Bolton Octagon 16th May 2017 This is not a review, just some interim (and possibly random) thoughts on 'Winter Hill'. I was lucky enough to be offered a ticket unexpectedly to see it very early in the run. However I'd already booked to see it in the final week so I reserve the right to [...]

Twelfth Night

Twelfth Night

Royal Exchange, Manchester 15th May 2017 In the middle of a blue-green floor, adrift on an island of sand, a rickety timber construction looms overhead. Upon this island Viola is washed ashore after a shipwreck in which her brother is presumed to have died. She disguises herself as a man and confusion and intrigue unfold. [...]

How My Light Is Spent

How My Light Is Spent

Royal Exchange, Manchester 11th May 2017 Look - no hands! From this unlikely premise writer Alan Harris draws us in to the story of two lonely people discovering one another through telephone sex line chat. Jimmy works in a drive-through doughnut restaurant and Kitty is a voice at the end of an adult chatline. Beneath [...]

Tank

Tank

HOME, Manchester 5th May 2017 This review was written for a one-off exercise to the following brief - Write a creative, non-conventional response to Tank. Try pushing yourselves outside your comfort zones and see what happens. Some of this is known. In 1965, Margaret Lovatt lived with a dolphin for 10 weeks as part of [...]

MK ULTRA

MK ULTRA

HOME, Manchester 4th May 2017 Rosie Kay's new work MK ULTRA is a fantasy world away from the harsh realities of her last piece the intense and intimate 5 Soldiers. However it shares the same collaborative ethos and immersive approach that makes her work so distinctive. And if the British Army wasn't a big enough [...]