Betty! A Sort of Musical

Betty! A Sort of Musical

Review of Betty! A sort of Musical at Royal Exchange, Manchester. Meredith Ankle (Maxine Peake) has a plan to ensure The Dewsbury Players will be the talk of the West Riding. Determined not to be outdone by their Batley-based rivals’ upcoming production of Frozen on roller skates, her amateur-dramatics group are developing a production that [...]

The Glass Menagerie

The Glass Menagerie

Review of The Glass Menagerie at Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester. The Glass Menagerie was described by Tennessee Williams as a ‘memory play’. Which, as Tom, the play’s narrator explains, means that audiences can expect it to be non-realistic, powered by poetic licence, and a home to “truth in the pleasant disguise of illusion”. Such a [...]

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 [...]