Theatre Highlights of 2018

Since 2018 is coming to an end, it is only natural to look back over the year and reminisce over its highlights. This year was special for me as it was when I started blogging about theatre. Previously, I wrote mini reviews in my diary but then I made the decision to move online. As... Continue Reading →

The Producers – Royal Exchange Theatre

The Royal Exchange's decision to stage The Producers as their Christmas show is a risky choice to make. Like most of Mel Brooks' work, it is unashamedly controversial. It satirically depicts the lengths that failing Broadway producer, Max Bialystock, will go to in order to make money. With his accountant, Leo Bloom, he comes to the realisation that... Continue Reading →

Släpstick – HOME, Manchester

The weather outside is frightful. Winter is setting in and the nights are getting darker. Luckily, HOME theatre brings you a winter warmer that will bring even more joy to the Christmas period. Släpstick, a comedic troupe of musicians from Amsterdam, arrive in Manchester with a riotous show that revives the golden age of slapstick... Continue Reading →

Father Christmas – Sale Waterside Arts

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas. The Coca Cola trucks are on TV, Michael Bublé has come out of hibernation, and Father Christmas visits Sale Waterside Arts. Pins and Needles return to this theatre with another cracking Christmas show, after last year's acclaimed production, The Bear. Bringing Raymond Briggs' book to life, this family play... Continue Reading →

First Time – Sale Waterside Arts

Nathaniel Hall contracted HIV the first time he had sex, aged 16. Receiving the diagnosis just two weeks after his 17th birthday, it took him fourteen years to open up to his family.  A year later, Hall has written a play about his experiences, which he also performs. It is making its premiere at Sale's Waterside... Continue Reading →

The Maids – HOME, Manchester

The Maids is based on the true crime of two sisters who, as maids, murdered their employer's wife and daughter in 1933. The play is written by French dramatist Jean Genet, who was no stranger to spending time behind bars. Using the Papin sisters as his inspiration, Genet's The Maids is a dark, unnerving play... Continue Reading →

Tamburlaine – RSC

Christopher Marlowe's plays, Tamburlaine Part One and Two, depict the military conquests and spectacular rise to power of a tyrant. Sadly, this is a subject we are all familiar with in the 21st century. 400 years after Marlowe penned the plays, director Michael Boyd has condensed the two texts, turning them into a single, epic,... Continue Reading →

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