PUSH Festival 2020 #2 – Sound Cistem

PUSH Festival 2020 #2 – Sound Cistem

HOME, Manchester. "Only when I'm dancing can I feel this free", someone once said, and for those whose recorded voices emerge from Sound Cistem's speakers that certainly feels true. They talk excitedly of hitting their stride on the dance floor, feeling warmed up, freed up and flowing. Such sweet sensations are hard-won and too often [...]

PUSH Festival 2020 #1 – PlayBox Takeover

PUSH Festival 2020 #1 – PlayBox Takeover

HOME, Manchester. Following its first appearance at PUSH Festival two years ago, PlayBox Takeover (from theatre company Box of Tricks) returns once more to HOME's annual celebration of North West talent. An inspiring way to kickstart PUSH 2020's theatre strand, the day-long programme of workshops and conversations targeting local writers and theatre-makers also includes rehearsed [...]

Cuttin’ It

Cuttin’ It

Royal Exchange, Manchester. Muna is good at "talkin' and that", listening to problems and dishing out advice. She's funny, full of life and bursting with confidence. Yet, there's something she can't tell even her closest friends at school, a problem she's too embarrassed to seek professional help for - she's been 'cut'. Playwright Charlene James [...]

Gypsy

Gypsy

Royal Exchange, Manchester. In recent years the Royal Exchange has been serving up a musical as their festive season main course, and things are no different this year. A rags-to-riches story, set in 1920's Vaudeville and packed with familiar tunes, Gypsy promises a touch of glitz and glamour to brighten the winter months. It also [...]

The Manchester Project at Christmas

The Manchester Project at Christmas

HOME, Manchester. 6 December 2019. Offering audiences a chance to explore a "theatrical map of Manchester at Christmas", Monkeywood's new show is a 70 minute-long collection of 14 new micro-plays from locally-based writers. It's a format that the company first showcased to acclaim back in January 2018, although this time the mini Mancunian dramas come [...]

Light Falls

Light Falls

Royal Exchange, Manchester. 29 October 2019. Life ends. Death comes. Light falls. As Christine collapses to the floor in the drinks aisle of the Co-op on Stockport's Heaton Moor Road, she recalls details from her life as if they are flashing before her eyes. At that moment too, she shares with the audience her deep [...]

Seagulls

Seagulls

Bolton Octagon at Bolton Library Theatre. 30 October 2019. Nina and Con are a couple. Masha has feelings for Con, but is in a relationship with Simon. All four of them are at university together and in a band called Seagulls. They're about to enter a Battle of the Bands and the world seems full [...]

Blah Blah Blah, Blah Blah Blah, Blah Blah Blah

Blah Blah Blah, Blah Blah Blah, Blah Blah Blah

10 October 2019. Waterside Theatre, Manchester. Blah Blah Blah, Blah Blah Blah, Blah Blah Blah's alternative title is Much Ado About Nothing, and The Arden's Theatre and Performance students (collaborating here with Figs in Wigs) begin with some choice words from Shakespeare. But very quickly, "sigh no more ladies" and "hey nonny nonny" gives way [...]

Baby Fever

Baby Fever

1 October 2019. Contact Theatre, Manchester at STUN Studios. What does success look like? Buying a house? Getting married? Having a baby? Contact Young Company's new show Baby Fever grew out of an exploration of the value and relevance of those traditional milestones for a younger generation. How healthy are they as goals to structure [...]