Beryl

Beryl

23 September 2019. Octagon Theatre, Bolton at Bolton Library Theatre. Beryl Burton. Wife, mother, Yorkshire woman, cyclist. Who? Never heard of her? You're probably not alone. Maxine Peake's play starts with the premise that Beryl is not that well-known, undeservedly so, and sets about putting that right. Along the way, it also explores what drove [...]

Manchester Theatre – Best of 2018

Manchester Theatre – Best of 2018

This year I ended up seeing lots of great theatre in Manchester as well as in Leeds, Liverpool, London, Sheffield and, for the first time, Huddersfield. The following are my favourite Manchester shows of 2018. In compiling the list I've restricted my choices to productions that were either premiered in Greater Manchester or could only [...]

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 [...]

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

11 April 2017. Bolton Octagon. The shock felt by many readers of Anne Brontë's novel 'The Tenant of Wildfell Hall' on publication in the mid-nineteenth century is difficult to replicate for a contemporary audience. The book shook a fist at the predominant moral and patriarchal attitudes of that time with its story of Helen Graham, [...]