Best Theatre Discoveries in 2019

I didn't want to end the year without shining a spotlight on the theatre companies that I discovered in 2019 who have really excited me. They have all produced outstanding, innovative work, which has pushed boundaries and showcased incredible talent. It has been a pleasure to discover these theatre companies, so I wanted to write... Continue Reading →

Top 10 Theatre Shows in 2019

2019 has been quite an eventful year for theatre in Manchester. It has been a year of new beginnings, with Sarah Frankcom stepping down as the Artistic Director of the Royal Exchange, paving the way for Roy Alexander Weise and Bryony Shanahan to put their own stamp on the theatre. This year also saw 53two... Continue Reading →

Roots – HOME, Manchester

Earlier this year, 1927 Productions thrilled HOME's audiences with The Animals and Children Took to the Streets, which is one of the best shows I have seen this year. Their unique way of storytelling inventively combines traditional theatre with animations and live music. In Roots, 1927 use these techniques to tell a series of folk-tales... Continue Reading →

What’s On in Manchester – December 2019

*Puts on best Noddy Holder voice*... IT'S CHRISTMAS!!!!! I wish it could be Christmas every day because December really is the most wonderful time of year. Although the weather outside is frightful, there is nothing better than sitting in the warmth watching some wonderfully festive theatre. Manchester never fails to deliver theatrical Christmas crackers and... Continue Reading →

The Duchess of Malfi – HOME, Manchester

John Webster's The Duchess of Malfi is a highly underrated play that is rarely performed today. This Jacobean play is not an easy one to stage. It is horrifically, brutally violent, and incredibly uncomfortable to watch. As Shakespeare's contemporary, Webster's language can seem complex and quite outdated (there is a strange metaphor about tennis balls).... Continue Reading →

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