Seagulls

The Octagon Theatre at Bolton Library and Museum; Wednesday 30th October, 2019

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We are Seagulls – not “The Seagulls”, just Seagulls, without the word “The”. We are scavengers: we will pick up the scraps of human life and turn them into musical art.

Seagulls by American writer Beth Hyland is a coming-of-age saga that follows four university students who harbour aspirations of fame and stardom. Coming together to start a new band, their hard work sees them rapidly develop into an exciting musical prospect: very quickly they find themselves winning local talent competitions, could they really be on the road to fulfilling their wildest dreams and making it big?Read More »

Nuclear Future

The Lowry, Salford; Thursday 24th October, 2019

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Is the future nuclear? Or are we in the nuclear age already? It’s all so hidden away and elusive, we only ever seem to hear about it when it goes badly wrong. But what about the bit that is really (and deliberately) hidden away: what will actually happen if a nuclear bomb were to be detonated?

Nuclear Future by Gameshow Theatre is a mysterious solo show that sets about exploring a very peculiar philosophical paradox: how can something be so small that you can’t even see it – yet also be capable of instantaneously unleashing something so big that your mind can’t even imagine it.Read More »

Rich Kids: A History of Shopping Malls in Tehran

HOME Theatre, Manchester; Wednesday 23rd October, 2019

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Two years ago, writer, director and performer Javaad Alipoor dived deep undercover into the darkest corners of the internet in a bold quest to understand what was driving the online radicalisation of young men

Rich Kids: A History of Shopping Malls in Tehran is the second part of what will eventually become a theatrical trilogy – one which seeks to assess the impact of humanity’s head-first tumble into the digital age. Read More »

Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Or Much Ado About Nothing

The Waterside Theatre, Manchester College; Thursday 10th October, 2019

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“Hi, my name’s Caitlin Mollie Jane Marsh and tonight I’ll be playing the role of Ryan Lea”

From the very beginning, it was clear that Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Or Much Ado About Nothing was going to be wild. The programme notes hinted something strange was afoot, the introductions by the cast confirmed it: they were all going to be playing each other – not playing roles from *hakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing but actually playing each other.Read More »

Beryl

The Octagon Theatre, Bolton; Monday 23rd September, 2019

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Beryl Burton – a Yorkshire lass, born and raised in Leeds in the late 1930s: she was a wife at the age of 17, a mother by the age of 18; yet somehow, despite chronic health problems from an early age, this most unlikely of prospects went on to become one of the most successful and dominant female sports stars that the world has ever known.

Beryl by Maxine Peake tells the awe-inspiring story of how a chance meeting with a young man wearing strange cycling shoes sparked the genesis of a sporting legend who went on to win close to one hundred domestic and world titles in a successful racing career that endured for decades.Read More »

We’ve Got Each Other

HOME Theatre, Manchester; Thursday 19th September, 2019

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Tommy used to work on the docks. Union’s been on strike: he’s down on his luck, it’s tough.

So tough.

Gina works the diner all day. Working for her man: she brings home her pay, for love.

For love.

Paul O’Donnell is a genius, he’s got a great idea: he’s going to put on a musical – a full-scale theatrical extravaganza with gratuitous deployment of jazz hands, sparkly fingers, confetti cannons – the works. There’ll be a cast of thirty five musicians and dancers, it’ll be two-and-a-half hours long with an interval of twenty minutes – huge sell-out crowds will flock to the West End to see it.

There’s one big problem though: no one’s stumping up the cash to make it happen.Read More »

Red Dust Road

HOME Theatre, Manchester; Thursday 12th September, 2019

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Originally published as a book in 2010, Red Dust Road is Scottish Poet Laureate Jackie Kay’s autobiographical account of the life-long search for her biological parents: a Scottish mother who worked as a nurse in the 1960s and a Nigerian father who was studying at Aberdeen University.

Tanika Gupta’s stage adaptation is an assembly of multiple scenes that span fully five decades from the 1960s onwards. The random sequencing is such that these scenes aren’t delivered in chronological order. Hence, as the show progresses, what slowly begins to form is a fascinating, jigsaw-like rendering of the Jackie Kay story with all its attendant intrigues.Read More »