We Should Definitely Have More Dancing

We Should Definitely Have More Dancing

Review of We Should Definitely Have More Dancing at Oldham Coliseum. Actor Clara Darcy’s real-life experience with brain cancer forms the basis of We Should Definitely Have More Dancing.  Darcy co-wrote the play with Ian Kershaw, and she takes to the stage to play herself. She’s joined by fellow performers Shamia Chalabi and Suzanna Hamilton [...]

The Jungle Book

The Jungle Book

Review of The Jungle Book at Oldham Coliseum. Although the stories may be well-known, the setting for Jessica Swale’s adaptation of The Jungle Book is refreshingly unexpected. Instead of dense undergrowth, a graffiti-swathed urban playground provides a world of ramps, ropes and climbing frames for Rudyard Kipling’s characters to jump, slide and swing their way [...]

The Bread We Break

The Bread We Break

Review of 'The Bread We Break' at Contact Theatre, Manchester. To talk of breaking bread with others suggests more than just a communal meal. The phrase also implies a coming-together, making a connection, and perhaps sharing ideas. While not a crumb passes our lips during Miray Sidhom’s new show, her insightful reflections on bread, political [...]

Kes

Kes

Review of Kes at Bolton Octagon. Robert Alan Evans’ adaptation of Barry Hines’ novel ‘A Kestrel for a Knave’ recounts that familiar tale from a refreshingly different perspective. Here, Billy Casper is an adult, and the play reflects back on that pivotal period in his younger life when he found and trained a kestrel. As [...]

An interview with Word of Warning’s Tamsin Drury.

An interview with Word of Warning’s Tamsin Drury.

Tamsin Drury talks about Emergency, Word of Warning, Manchester Independents and keeping going.  When I catch up with Tamsin Drury, she’s deep into the planning for Emergency, Word of Warning’s annual “taster event of live art & contemporary performance in all its forms”. Anyone who has attended previous versions of the event will know it [...]