I am Nicola Brierley, a proud Mancunian and avid theatre watcher.
I have been blogging about theatre since 2018, when I was selected to be a member of the Greater Manchester Critics Scheme.
I grew up in Wythenshawe, a council estate in South Manchester which I still live on. I didn’t watch my first proper piece of live theatre until I was 18, having grown up believing that only ‘posh’ people go to the theatre and that it was too expensive for working-class people, like myself, to attend. Even to this day, sometimes i still feel out of place sat in a theatre audience.
I am passionate about breaking down these class barriers by deliberately focusing on reviewing and promoting local, affordable productions across Greater Manchester. Doing this also shines a spotlight on the incredible creative talent emerging in this city.
Mainstream, London-centric publications imply that regional theatre is dying. My blog proves that it isn’t. Manchester’s theatre scene is thriving, showing that you don’t have to spend a fortune, or travel to London, to watch high quality theatre. In fact – Some of the best theatre I have seen has been above a pub!
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