Frankenstein

Frankenstein

Royal Exchange, Manchester. 13 March 2018. Matthew Xia's production of Frankenstein resists the schlock horror associations of popular culture, embarking instead upon a dark night of the soul. Honouring Mary Shelley’s original vision, it examines man's often irresponsible pursuit of glory and considers how society's cruelties can create monsters. It's powered by a well-developed sense [...]

Whisky Galore

Whisky Galore

Oldham Coliseum. 16 March 2018. For the inhabitants of two Scottish islands weary of wartime shortages of their favourite tipple, the arrival of a ship laden with 50,000 bottle of whisky is a dream come true. Especially as that vessel has run aground and is slowly sinking beneath the waves. While the authorities dispose of [...]

Handlooms

Handlooms

Contact Theatre at Alankar House of Saris, Manchester. 14 March 2018. Rani Moorthy's new play about a mother and son at odds over the future direction of their family's struggling sari business, is given an added layer of authenticity by being performed within a real life Rusholme sari shop. Rajesh (Ashraf Ejjbair) feels a strong [...]

She Bangs The Drums

She Bangs The Drums

Contact Young Company at the Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester. 8 March 2018. Within the historic brick walls of the Museum of Science and Industry's 1830 Warehouse there's a revolution brewing. And I don't mean the cast munching on Lady Doritos in cheeky defiance of the listed building's "no food and drink allowed" rule! [...]