If This Is Normal – 53two

When I cast my mind back to sex education in school, the only things we were taught was how to put a condom on a banana and about the menstrual cycle. Lucy Danser's blistering play If This Is Normal shows how woefully inadequate this is in preparing teenagers for adulthood, and how talking about sex... 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 →

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 →

The Stretch – 53two

After Joe Ainsworth's 15 minute short, The Stretch, received critical acclaim in JB Shorts '19, it has been extended to an hour long play, depicting the ten year prison sentence of its protagonist, Lee. The Stretch is a powerful play, combining dialogue with music and dance, to expose the violence, mental turmoil, and blunt realities... Continue Reading →

What’s on in Manchester – February 2019

Sick of hearing about Brexit? I know I am! If you need an escape from hard borders, Irish backstops and this cold weather, how about a trip to the theatre? Here are some of the shows you can watch in Manchester theatres throughout February. Obviously, this is not the only theatre available. Manchester is one of the most exciting places for... Continue Reading →

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