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 →

What’s On in Manchester – May 2019

The best thing about living in Manchester is the abundance of theatre on offer. From the smallest fringe venues to large theatres, there is always something fantastic to watch. Here is my pick of what to watch across Manchester in May. RICHARD III - HOME, MANCHESTER On until 4th May 2019 After decades of the... 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 →

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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