Visitors – Oldham Coliseum

At the heart of Barney Norris' play is a beautifully rendered relationship of an ageing couple, Arthur and Edie. Childhood sweethearts, they come to terms with old age as they reminisce over times gone by. Along with a life time of nostalgic memories come regrets and missed opportunities. "I wish I had tried LSD" Arthur... Continue Reading →

Closer – Hope Mill Theatre

Patrick Marber's award-winning play Closer features such a strong script that it has been adapted into a film in 2004. Nominated for several Oscars, it also picked up some BAFTAs and Golden Globes along the way. Marber's magnificent script is the heart of the film and the stage play. Its intricate, interweaving plot focuses on four... Continue Reading →

West Side Story – Royal Exchange Theatre

The inclusion of West Side Story to the Royal Exchange Theatre's Spring/Summer season is undeniably relevant to our current climate. With youths becoming increasingly dissociated in society and gang related knife crime increasing, the comparisons with this classic story become all too apparent. In the musical, loosely based on Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, the streets... 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 →

No Kids – Contact Theatre (Lowry)

Choosing to start a family and to have children is a monumental, life-changing decision. For LGBT couples, this is further complicated by having to choose how to have a baby, whether through adoption, fostering or surrogacy. There are a host of different choices available to aspiring parents, but which one is best? In No Kids, real-life... Continue Reading →

Rags – Hope Mill Theatre

The Jewish community has been persecuted for centuries. Joseph Stein's, Rags, tells the story of Russian Jews in 1910, escaping persecution and massacre in their own country. They hope to find a better life in America, the land of opportunity. This revised edition by David Thompson combines Charles Strouse's musical score with Stephen Schwartz's lyrics.... Continue Reading →

Snowflakes – The King’s Arms, Salford

Every snowflake that falls from the sky is unique. Each has its own individual composition and identity. Hung Theatre's Snowflakes is a collection of six short plays that are distinctly different from one another, but are all inspired by the 'snowflake' generation. As the plays are singular, I will write a separate review for each.... Continue Reading →

The Verdict – Oldham Coliseum

"No life should ever be small". These words drive Boston attorney, Frank Galvin, to seek justice for his client, Debbie, after she is left in a coma by supposed medical malpractice, during a difficult labour. Filing a suit against St Catherine's Hospital, professional doctors, the church, and the country's best attorney, Frank certainly has a... Continue Reading →

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