A Taste of Honey

A Taste of Honey

Oldham Coliseum. 25 May 2018. Much has rightly been made of the legacy of Shelagh Delaney's A Taste of Honey, with its influence on new generations of women writers, the pioneering depiction of working class life and its lingering presence in popular culture. What's less clear is how much the play itself has to say [...]

Whisky Galore

Whisky Galore

Oldham Coliseum. 16 March 2018. For the inhabitants of two Scottish islands weary of wartime shortages of their favourite tipple, the arrival of a ship laden with 50,000 bottle of whisky is a dream come true. Especially as that vessel has run aground and is slowly sinking beneath the waves. While the authorities dispose of [...]

The Kitchen Sink

The Kitchen Sink

Oldham Coliseum. 9 February 2018. During one of the many Dolly Parton songs we are treated to in Chris Lawson's production of 'The Kitchen Sink', she exclaims "if I had wings I would fly away tomorrow". Wings are in short supply in Withernsea. Tom Wells’ slice of family life is a bittersweet confection - generous [...]

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 [...]

Eight

Eight

53two, Manchester. 5 December 2017. On the other side of a brick wall, eight characters are waiting. All we know about them are a few lines on a piece of A4. Clues, glimpses, pointers. Angry and volatile. Jolly hockey sticks. Glory boy. Down on her luck. Searching for a little security. No pitch from the actors, just [...]

Oh What A Lovely War

Oh What A Lovely War

Oldham Coliseum. 12 September 2017. A 'musical entertainment' from the 1960s casting a satirical eye over the First World War and done in the style of old music hall theatre could sound like a dusty museum piece of a show. However while the Great War is now a century ago, as tensions simmer in Korea [...]