Manchester International Festival 2017.

Manchester International Festival 2017.

The appearance of an over-sized yellow catwalk cutting across Piccadilly Gardens is another visible sign that this year's Manchester International Festival (MIF) is getting ever closer. When it was announced, new Artistic Director John McGrath's first programme seemed a touch underwhelming. A bit dull even, when compared with previous MIFs under Alex Poots' reign. Admittedly [...]

What If I Told You

What If I Told You

Royal Exchange, Manchester. 19th June 2017. Written and Performed by Pauline Mayers. By the Mayers Ensemble 'How can you be an artist and not reflect the times?' Nina Simone. Inspired by those words, Pauline Mayers' What If I Told You challenges us to reflect on our times through her own story. There is to be no [...]

Bears

Bears

Royal Exchange, Manchester. 16th June 2017. Powder Keg's new work 'Bears' is a carefully calibrated but passionate response to climate change. Taking steps in development to minimise the production's carbon footprint, the set is created from 100% recycled materials, the programme is only available as a download and on the way in the audience are [...]

Operation Black Antler

Operation Black Antler

HOME, Manchester. 9th June 2017. Your phone pings. It's a text. "OK... Make eye contact. Instructions to follow". From now on in you are part of the performance. Even people who've been to immersive theatre previously may not be prepared for what Blast Theory and Hydrocracker have created. It's a sign of how much of [...]

Persuasion

Persuasion

Royal Exchange, Manchester. 1st June 2017. Let's first of all acknowledge how much fun the foam party is and then just move on. That such an orgy of hedonism should occur in a Jane Austen adaptation has left a lot of people frothing at the mouth with excitement. Yet there is so much more to [...]