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 [...]