One

HOME Theatre, Manchester; Wednesday 8th May, 2019

One

Nasi Voutsas is perched on top of a large A-framed ladder and he’s not coming down. Nervously pacing around beneath him is Bertrand Lesca, urging him to descend: first he asks nicely, speaking softly about love and friendship; but when that fails he turns to audience members and asks them to help out.

Nothing seems to work though, Nasi is just not having it. He’s staying put.Read More »

Equus

The Lowry, Salford; Tuesday 23rd April, 2019

 

A child is born into a world of phenomena all equal in their power to enslave. It sniffs – it sucks – it strokes its eyes over the whole uncomfortable range. Suddenly one strikes. Why? Moments snap together like magnets, forging a chain of shackles. Why?

Seventeen-year-old Alan Strang is a deeply disturbed young man guilty of a horrific act of cruelty – in one night of deranged violence he viciously and deliberately blinds six horses in the stable where he works. It falls to unwilling child psychiatrist Dr. Martin Dysart to answer the question on everyone’s lips: why?Read More »

Kingdom

HOME Theatre, Manchester; Tuesday 9th April, 2019

 

In 2017 Barcelona-based theatre company Agrupación Señor Serrano bought their intriguing performance Birdie to HOME theatre in Manchester. Birdie was an astonishing work of art – an entire stage show crafted from the forensic deconstruction of a single photograph.

Kingdom seems to very much pick up where Birdie left off, specifically the creation of an incredible entertainment spectacle from the most unlikely and unexpected of sources – this time it’s a gloriously elaborate stage-based documentary about the world’s most popular fruit: bananas.Read More »

Beyond Belief

The Lowry, Salford; Friday 15th March, 2019

 

Your mind is just software: update it.

Death is just a disease: cure it.

We are Beyond Belief: believe in forever.

 

Welcome to the astonishing world of Beyond Belief™: a hi-tech corporation who will usher forth computing innovations from the future in order to being back the rocking good times of your past.

The geeky R&D nerds at Beyond Belief™ have been pushing and pulling at the boundary between software and hardware, now these techno-boffins stand triumphant with their latest service release: nothing less than the ability to resurrect the dead.Read More »

From Shore To Shore

Yang Sing Restaurant, Princess Street, Manchester; Thursday 14th March, 2019

 

Tell us about the Chinese community.

As if there was just one.

When there are so many.

So many different places we come from.

So many different places … to call home.

 

From Fuzhou, Harbin, Tai Po and Foshan in the east to the likes of Harehills, Morley, Pannal, Ancoats and Selly Oak in the west; in 2014 writers Mary Cooper and MW Sun gathered real-life stories from Chinese communities throughout the North of England in order to create From Shore To Shore – an epic tale of migration and resettlement, awe-inspiring stories spanning decades, continents and cultures.Read More »

Barber Shop Chronicles

Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester; Monday 11th March, 2019

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Trips to the hairdressers: a polite smile; the unnecessary hand gestures to accompany the verbal request; banal chat about how cold it’s been, how work’s been hectic, what it is you actually do for a living; the inevitable dying of the conversation, the awkward misery of not having anything else to say.

Barber Shop Chronicles tells the tale of just one day in the life of six such businesses separated by thousands of miles – and the proceedings are anything but dull and mundane.Read More »

Bottleneck

The Coliseum Theatre, Oldham; Wednesday 6th March, 2019

 

2019 is a big, big year for football anniversaries in the North West. Manchester’s true believers, the proper, hardcore red and blue football fanatics should already have the relevant alarms set on their mobile phones:

  • 21:30 on 26th May – exactly twenty years since Solskjaer flicked his right leg out.
  • 17:00 on 30th May – also twenty years, since Dickov gave birth to a new blue moon.

But before either of these events are commemorated there’s an altogether different anniversary to deal with, one that will transcend rivalries: whether they be of a red / blue variety or even of a much more hostile Liverpudlian / Mancunian form – 15:00 on 15th April will mark the thirtieth anniversary of Britain’s worst ever sporting disaster.Read More »