Badass Be Thy Name – HOME, Manchester

Picture this... It's Manchester, 1999. Tommie is sick of his dead-end job, cold calling people. He decides to quit his job and winds up being trained as a vampire hunter by a vampire-slaying priest, Father Badass. He has to defend the world as the Devil has hatched a plan. On the stroke of the Millennium,... Continue Reading →

Drag Becomes Her – HOME, Manchester

As a drag parody of the cult movie, Death Becomes Her, Peaches Christ's show, Drag Becomes Her turns the bitter rivalry between ageing Hollywood actresses, Meryl Streep and Goldie Horn into one between two leading drag queens. As they both take a potion that makes them live forever, hilarity ensues. Veteran winner of Ru Paul's... Continue Reading →

Richard III – HOME, Manchester

Richard III is a difficult play to get right. With Shakespeare's protagonist being a power-hungry, ruthless, murdering despot, there is always the temptation to place the play's context within the twentieth century, basing Richard on one of the many dictators during this period. Martin Freeman's 2014 production at Trafalgar Studios tried setting the play in... Continue Reading →

Kingdom – HOME, Manchester

Bananas. The average person eats 102 of them per year. They are the cheapest fruit available in the supermarket, unless you use the self-serve machines to scan Pink Lady apples through as onions. Although in the 19th century nobody in the West had even seen a banana, let alone eaten one, they have now become... Continue Reading →

Wise Children – HOME, Manchester

"Welcome to the wrong side of the tracks". In Brixton, identical twin showgirls, Dora and Nora Chance celebrate their 75th birthday. On the other side of the Thames, in Chelsea, their father Melchior Hazard, the greatest Shakespearean actor of the age turns 100. An invite to their father's birthday party takes the Chances on a... Continue Reading →

SparkPlug – HOME, Manchester

"I've got two dads. The only thing the black one gave me was ethnicity". David Judge grew up on the Wythenshawe council estate in Manchester as a mixed race kid with two white parents. SparkPlug is his autobiographical monologue, wherein he moves the narrative up a generation, telling his story from the perspective of his... Continue Reading →

Plant Fetish – HOME, Manchester

'I prefer plants to people...', Chanje Kunda declares, reclining on a sofa, surrounded by foliage, sipping a glass of white wine, '...at least they don't talk shit to me'. Kunda's autobiographical spoken word piece, Plant Fetish, makes this lifestyle strangely appealing, as she takes you through the events that led her to discover how plants... Continue Reading →

Cuts of the Cloth – HOME, Manchester

Welcome to the Living History Museum of Hearts and Minds. Exhibit 091101 has successfully completed the Muslim Realignment Programme and will deliver a series of seminars about how to catch the seeds of dissent before they turn into radical extremism. 'DO NOT TOUCH. FRAGILE EXHIBIT.' In a haunting scenario echoing The Handmaid's Tale or Charlie Brooker's... Continue Reading →

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