Red Dust Road – HOME, Manchester

Jackie Kay has had an extraordinary life, which is detailed in her memoir, Red Dust Road. Growing up in Scotland in the 1970s, as the adopted mixed-race child of a Communist couple, young Jackie struggled to fit in with those around her. Experiencing racist attacks, her memoir is an exploration of Jackie's identity as a... Continue Reading →

The Jumper Factory – HOME, Manchester

Created in collaboration with prisoners at HMP Wandsworth and written by Luke Barnes, The Jumper Factory tells a series of stories depicting life behind bars. Taken from interviews with inmates, this short piece uses the authentic voices of these prisoners to relate how it feels to be locked up. Without delving too much into the... Continue Reading →

No Man’s Land – Oldham Coliseum

Harold Pinter's No Man's Land is a play in which not very much happens. There's no action, nor an exciting narrative. It is just characters talking and drinking. A lot. Deliberately ambiguous, you never really get to know any of the characters, and Pinter's dialogue is complex; packed full of metaphoric imagery. This is not an easy... Continue Reading →

A Taste of Honey – Northenden Players

Shelagh Delaney's A Taste of Honey is perhaps best known from its 1961 film adaptation starring Dora Bryan and Rita Tushingham. Sweeping the acting gongs at Cannes, it is set in Salford, and relates the story of a dysfunctional relationship between a mother and her daughter. This powerful family drama, from a local playwright, makes... Continue Reading →

Amélie – Manchester Opera House

It seems that these days almost every good indie film is being turned into a musical and transferred to the stage. Some have been successful, with Waitress securing a prestigious, lengthy run on London's West End. Others have been viewed as failures, like Little Miss Sunshine. Even the iconic 80s classic, Back to the Future... Continue Reading →

Austen Power – Tribeca

Zoey Barnes and Clementine Bogg-Hargroves are quickly becoming the best double act in Manchester's theatre scene. After the success of Skank at the GM Fringe, the couple's new collaboration, Austen Power, showcases Barnes' debut as a writer. And what an impressive debut this piece is! It tells of two sisters who inherit an independent, family bookshop from their father.... Continue Reading →

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