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 [...]

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 [...]

SparkPlug

SparkPlug

HOME, Manchester. 14 February 2019. "I've got two dads. One's white. One's black". David Judge's new play unflinchingly explores identity, race and family through the lens of his own experiences, as a mixed-race child adopted by a white man. Performed as a monologue by Judge, the story is told from the perspective of Dave, a [...]

Forest

Forest

HOME, Manchester. 23 & 25 January 2019. The theatre seating is out-of-bounds. Heads of broccoli have been placed at intervals on the floor around the space. Their varying shades of green and yellow stand out within the black box surroundings. The audience gathers among the cruciferous forms. We are on our feet. In the centre [...]

Heads Up

Heads Up

HOME, Manchester. 19 May 2017. Kieran Hurley's one man show is an incredible rallying cry foretelling the end of the word. Its seeming simplicity hides a complex narrative and a compelling vision. A big table, laden with lights and a control panel. A chair. He takes a seat and puts a match to a candle [...]

Tank

Tank

HOME, Manchester 5th May 2017 This review was written for a one-off exercise to the following brief - Write a creative, non-conventional response to Tank. Try pushing yourselves outside your comfort zones and see what happens. Some of this is known. In 1965, Margaret Lovatt lived with a dolphin for 10 weeks as part of [...]

MK ULTRA

MK ULTRA

HOME, Manchester 4th May 2017 Rosie Kay's new work MK ULTRA is a fantasy world away from the harsh realities of her last piece the intense and intimate 5 Soldiers. However it shares the same collaborative ethos and immersive approach that makes her work so distinctive. And if the British Army wasn't a big enough [...]