Bright Futures

Bright Futures

16 May 2019. The Lowry, Salford. As the tram winds it way from town to Salford Quays, the view from the window is a rapidly evolving blur of construction sites and new buildings. As well as the seemingly never-ending apartment blocks, glass fronted office complexes and trendy business parks loom large. What goes on inside [...]

Manchester Theatre 2019 – the increasing influence of young companies

Manchester Theatre 2019 – the increasing influence of young companies

When Leeds Playhouse announced the formation of its first young company in April last year it was a bit of a wake up call for me. The Playhouse were looking to support a group of young people to collaborate in "making and producing bold and socially resonant work", as well providing opportunities for them to [...]

Trouble in Tahiti & Trial By Jury

Trouble in Tahiti & Trial By Jury

The Lowry, Salford. 17 November 2017. Until this month, my only recent experience of opera was a slight obsession with a recording of John Adams' 'Doctor Atomic' and seeing members of Opera North’s Chorus perform in a production of Sondheim's 'Into The Woods' at West Yorkshire Playhouse last year. Apparently the involvement of the Chorus [...]

Superposition

Superposition

The Lowry, Salford. 27 October 2017. In ‘Superposition’ Chanje Kunda embarks on a voyage of self-discovery through scientific theory, lap dancing and personal reflection. Pondering her place in the universe, the laws of attraction and even her identity as a woman Kunda seeks insights from a particle physicist, a professor of philosophy and her son. [...]