Destination Manchester International Festival

Destination Manchester International Festival

Laugh if you like, but this year I’m heading to Manchester International Festival for my summer holidays. Even if I felt inclined to jet off abroad, the traffic light system feels like too much of a lottery and, as a solo traveller, price hikes make even UK destinations unaffordable for now. Meanwhile, there are 'enhanced [...]

Cuttin’ It

Cuttin’ It

Royal Exchange, Manchester. Muna is good at "talkin' and that", listening to problems and dishing out advice. She's funny, full of life and bursting with confidence. Yet, there's something she can't tell even her closest friends at school, a problem she's too embarrassed to seek professional help for - she's been 'cut'. Playwright Charlene James [...]

Gypsy

Gypsy

Royal Exchange, Manchester. In recent years the Royal Exchange has been serving up a musical as their festive season main course, and things are no different this year. A rags-to-riches story, set in 1920's Vaudeville and packed with familiar tunes, Gypsy promises a touch of glitz and glamour to brighten the winter months. It also [...]

Light Falls

Light Falls

Royal Exchange, Manchester. 29 October 2019. Life ends. Death comes. Light falls. As Christine collapses to the floor in the drinks aisle of the Co-op on Stockport's Heaton Moor Road, she recalls details from her life as if they are flashing before her eyes. At that moment too, she shares with the audience her deep [...]

Macbeth

Macbeth

18 September 2019. Royal Exchange, Manchester. "Is this a dagger which I see before me?". Well, yes and no, but I definitely see a red balloon, and a bloke in a bear costume at a banquet, and someone munching crisps loudly on the front row. Christopher Haydon's Macbeth is certainly surprising, often visually arresting, and [...]

Utopia – After Thomas More

Utopia – After Thomas More

22 August 2019. The Den, Stalybridge Civic Hall. Using Thomas More's book, published in 1516, as their starting point, the Royal Exchange Young Company explore the concept of Utopia in their latest show. In these uncertain times, it seems only natural to search for alternatives, wish for something that's not broken, and perhaps even dream [...]