The Cherry Orchard

The Cherry Orchard

Royal Exchange, Manchester. 24 & 30 April Although Rory Mullarkey's sparkling translation of The Cherry Orchard is quite clearly a labour of love, he has no qualms about describing Chekhov's final play as "weird". It's easy to see what he means. Set in a country house populated by an assortment of odds and sods, a [...]

Loop

Loop

53two, Manchester. 9 May 2018. "It's just you and them, and the music". Dropping in on three different years, Loop begins in 1965 with a young woman leaving behind her frustrating life in London to start a new one in Manchester. Then, after eavesdropping on two teenagers falling in love in 1985, it all comes [...]

Trial

Trial

Bolton Octagon at Bolton Town Hall. 26 April 2018. Bolton Octagon's annual REVEAL Festival promises "original and exciting theatre" although it also offers the additional bonus of seeing performances in non-theatre venues across Bolton. So far I've perched on a bar stool to watch a performance in a pub and sat on a row of [...]

Thorn

Thorn

Salford Arts Theatre. 20 April 2018. Tim Keogh's Thorn begins with a young man transfixed, and ultimately transformed, by the dazzling sight of David Bowie performing Starman on Top of the Pops. The year is 1973, and that 'boy' is Steven Patrick Morrissey. While for most of his adult life he will choose to be [...]

Mixtape

Mixtape

Royal Exchange, Manchester. 11 & 14 April 2018. A beat. Hear it. Making music, pulsing through the body and marking time. Beats can come together to make something bigger - a song, a crowd, a symphony, a city and a show. Press START Mixtape is a collection of beats, powered by the rhythms of young [...]