Trouble in Tahiti & Trial By Jury

Trouble in Tahiti & Trial By Jury

The Lowry, Salford. 17 November 2017. Until this month, my only recent experience of opera was a slight obsession with a recording of John Adams' 'Doctor Atomic' and seeing members of Opera North’s Chorus perform in a production of Sondheim's 'Into The Woods' at West Yorkshire Playhouse last year. Apparently the involvement of the Chorus [...]

Uncle Vanya

Uncle Vanya

HOME, Manchester. 9 November 2017. Before Chekhov's 'Uncle Vanya' even gets going, characters are already mourning the loss of their youth, looks and opportunities. All gone, gone, gone. Walter Meierjohann's finely judged production creates a household awash with feelings of regret and dissatisfaction, its inhabitants searching desperately for signs of hope. A sense of place is [...]

Jubilee

Jubilee

Royal Exchange, Manchester. 7 November 2017. Punks, queers, anarchists and firestarters. Derek Jarman's 1978 film 'Jubilee' is reimagined 40 years on by director Chris Goode for both the stage and a new generation. This Millennial 'Jubilee' clings pretty tightly to the messy narrative of the original.  At her request, Queen Elizabeth (1.0) is taken on [...]

The Greatest Play In The History Of The World…

The Greatest Play In The History Of The World…

Royal Exchange. Manchester. 10 November 2017. "Hello from the children of planet Earth". Well, in this case, those that live on Preston Road... Ian Kershaw's new play, premiered at the Royal Exchange, is a very human piece of storytelling. Peopled with a neighbourhood's worth of characters all brought to life by a solo performer. It's [...]