The Beau Defeated – HOME, Manchester

"Discuss the role of the Rake in Restoration comedy" - This was a university assignment I had to write last year. After studying the drama produced during this period, I wrote about William Wycherley's The Country Wife, Etherege's The Man of Mode, and Molière's Misanthrope. Despite Restoration comedies celebrating sexual liberty, the plays written by women have... Continue Reading →

Skank – King’s Arms, Salford

Meet Kate. She’s a skank. Stuck in a job she hates, Kate dreams of being a writer. Anything to get away from her irritating co-workers; Anal Annie, Linda (who has the world’s most awful laugh), and her woefully dull manager, Chris. As relief from her mind-numbingly boring job, she investigates which of her colleagues have... 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 →

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 As Shakespeare's contemporary, Webster's language can seem complex and quite outdated (there is a strange metaphor about tennis balls)....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 →

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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