Opera North: Carmen – Lowry Theatre

The thing that instantly strikes me about Carmen is how familiar the music is, even though I have never watched this opera before. Even those who are completely new to opera will recognise Bizet's iconic songs 'Habanera', 'Les Toreadors' and the 'Toreador Song'. Under the baton of Garry Walker, hearing this famous music performed by a... Continue Reading →

Toxic – Altrincham Garrick (GM Fringe 2021)

Suicide is the biggest killer of men under 45. With high profile celebrities like Naomi Osaka and Simone Biles openly discussing their struggles with mental health, it feels like there's been a shift towards these conversations becoming more common-place. It's OK not to be OK. However, toxic masculinity still pervades society, leading men to bottle... Continue Reading →

Much Ado About Nothing – 53two

If there's one thing that you can rely on in Manchester, it's the rain. Anybody staging open-air theatre in this city are certainly brave souls who deserve the utmost respect. The Great Open Air Theatre company are the latest to do so, performing an exciting summer festival of Shakespeare in the amphitheatre outside the Great... Continue Reading →

What’s On in Manchester – June 2021

After the past year, it feels really nice to finally be able to write about what theatre is available to watch across Manchester, as venues are finally allowed to open their doors and allow audiences back inside their auditoriums once more. Although all theatres have to comply with the government's strict social distancing measures, it's... Continue Reading →

Insane Animals – HOME, Manchester

In 2017, HOME theatre launched a pioneering project with the aim of bringing the UK's next generation of visionary, acclaimed artists to HOME's main theatre stage. Their first ever T1 Commission is a brand new musical led by award-winning musical comedy cabaret artists, Bourgeois and Maurice. With so many films being recently adapted into musicals,... Continue Reading →

We Won’t Fall – Anthony Burgess Foundation

There is something distinctly Mancunian at the core of We Won't Fall, and it's not just the incredible wealth of emerging local talent that it showcases. The piece is devised and performed by the company members of Switch Mcr, a Manchester based theatrical collective driven by young artists, who have created a dystopian drama that is... Continue Reading →

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