The Almighty Sometimes

The Almighty Sometimes

Royal Exchange, Manchester. 14 February 2018. Since she was a child, eighteen-year-old Anna has been taking medication for a severe mental health condition. As a young adult she feels ready to stop taking her pills. "I've been on them for seven years, surely it's worked by now". Despite her psychiatrist's objections and her mother's concerns [...]

The Newspaper Boy

The Newspaper Boy

53two, Manchester. 15 February 2018. When 15-year-old local lad Christian Dibmore lands a part as a paperboy in the nation's favourite soap Mancroft Walk, his mother Sharon and nana Jean couldn't be happier. For a boy from a working class community in Moston, this is a life-changing moment. On-screen, Christian plays Billy, a newspaper boy [...]

The Kitchen Sink

The Kitchen Sink

Oldham Coliseum. 9 February 2018. During one of the many Dolly Parton songs we are treated to in Chris Lawson's production of 'The Kitchen Sink', she exclaims "if I had wings I would fly away tomorrow". Wings are in short supply in Withernsea. Tom Wells’ slice of family life is a bittersweet confection - generous [...]

Manchester Theatre – February 2018

Manchester Theatre – February 2018

There's no shortage of new shows in Manchester this month. Here are three productions I'm looking forward to, all of which match strong contemporary writing with some amazing acting talent. The Almighty Sometimes Manchester theatre's big news this month is Kendall Feaver's 'The Almighty Sometimes' at the Royal Exchange. The play was a winner of [...]