Mother Courage and Her Children

Mother Courage and Her Children

Royal Exchange, Manchester. 13 February 2019. It's 2080. Europe is no longer a collection of nations, it has become The Grid. The Reds and the Blues are at war, fighting for possession of each individual grid square of land. Self-styled "entrepreneur" Mother Courage follows the conflict in search of profit. Her daughter and two sons [...]

The Almighty Sometimes

The Almighty Sometimes

Royal Exchange, Manchester. 14 February 2018. Since she was a child, eighteen-year-old Anna has been taking medication for a severe mental health condition. As a young adult she feels ready to stop taking her pills. "I've been on them for seven years, surely it's worked by now". Despite her psychiatrist's objections and her mother's concerns [...]

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 [...]

The Greatest Play In The History Of The World…

The Greatest Play In The History Of The World…

Royal Exchange. Manchester. 10 November 2017. "Hello from the children of planet Earth". Well, in this case, those that live on Preston Road... Ian Kershaw's new play, premiered at the Royal Exchange, is a very human piece of storytelling. Peopled with a neighbourhood's worth of characters all brought to life by a solo performer. It's [...]