Utopia – After Thomas More

Utopia – After Thomas More

22 August 2019. The Den, Stalybridge Civic Hall. Using Thomas More's book, published in 1516, as their starting point, the Royal Exchange Young Company explore the concept of Utopia in their latest show. In these uncertain times, it seems only natural to search for alternatives, wish for something that's not broken, and perhaps even dream [...]

Summer in Manchester – a tale of two theatres

Summer in Manchester – a tale of two theatres

When HOME proudly announced three "world premiere productions" as part of its 2019 theatre season you'd be forgiven for assuming that those shows would be premiering in front of local Manchester audiences. However, following that announcement back in November last year, it gradually emerged that the majority of those world premieres were being saved up [...]

Bypass

Bypass

30 July 2019. Twenty Twenty Two, Manchester. “The home you were raised in is being concreted over, any parting words?” is the 13-word provocation that shaped the 8 mini-plays that make-up Bypass - a showcase for new writing from Manchester-based Hung Theatre. They have form with this format having previously delivered 6 new pieces under [...]

There Is A Light That Never Goes Out

There Is A Light That Never Goes Out

29 July 2019. Royal Exchange, Manchester. Sub-titled Scenes From The Luddite Rebellion, Lauren Mooney and James Yeatman's new production provides exactly that – a rousing collection of voices, sounds and stories from a time of great turmoil. Drawing on archive material, including letters, court reports and newspaper articles, Mooney and Yeatman trace the increasing radicalism [...]

Black Teeth and a Brilliant Smile

Black Teeth and a Brilliant Smile

31 May 2019. The Ambassador, Bradford. That Andrea Dunbar's life and work continue to fascinate is unsurprising. Even today, theatres aren't exactly awash with the words of working-class women writers, and the lives and places that Dunbar chronicled remain a rare sight on stage. In Adelle Stripe's excellent fictionalized account of her life, Dunbar refers [...]