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 [...]

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 [...]

Macbeth

Macbeth

18 September 2019. Royal Exchange, Manchester. "Is this a dagger which I see before me?". Well, yes and no, but I definitely see a red balloon, and a bloke in a bear costume at a banquet, and someone munching crisps loudly on the front row. Christopher Haydon's Macbeth is certainly surprising, often visually arresting, and [...]