The Cherry Orchard

The Cherry Orchard

Royal Exchange, Manchester. 24 & 30 April Although Rory Mullarkey's sparkling translation of The Cherry Orchard is quite clearly a labour of love, he has no qualms about describing Chekhov's final play as "weird". It's easy to see what he means. Set in a country house populated by an assortment of odds and sods, a [...]

Mixtape

Mixtape

Royal Exchange, Manchester. 11 & 14 April 2018. A beat. Hear it. Making music, pulsing through the body and marking time. Beats can come together to make something bigger - a song, a crowd, a symphony, a city and a show. Press START Mixtape is a collection of beats, powered by the rhythms of young [...]

Frankenstein

Frankenstein

Royal Exchange, Manchester. 13 March 2018. Matthew Xia's production of Frankenstein resists the schlock horror associations of popular culture, embarking instead upon a dark night of the soul. Honouring Mary Shelley’s original vision, it examines man's often irresponsible pursuit of glory and considers how society's cruelties can create monsters. It's powered by a well-developed sense [...]

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 [...]