Tinned Up

Tinned Up

24 September 2019. 53two at Oldham Coliseum. Sixty-three-year old Shirley Parkin has lived at 10 Brook Street in Salford all her life. She now finds herself surrounded by streets of empty properties awaiting redevelopment. With metal shutters over the doors and windows, they're all 'tinned up'. In an attempt to deter any scavenging scallies, next [...]

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 [...]

The Newspaper Boy

The Newspaper Boy

53two, Manchester. 15 February 2018. When 15-year-old local lad Christian Dibmore lands a part as a paperboy in the nation's favourite soap Mancroft Walk, his mother Sharon and nana Jean couldn't be happier. For a boy from a working class community in Moston, this is a life-changing moment. On-screen, Christian plays Billy, a newspaper boy [...]

Manchester Theatre – February 2018

Manchester Theatre – February 2018

There's no shortage of new shows in Manchester this month. Here are three productions I'm looking forward to, all of which match strong contemporary writing with some amazing acting talent. The Almighty Sometimes Manchester theatre's big news this month is Kendall Feaver's 'The Almighty Sometimes' at the Royal Exchange. The play was a winner of [...]