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 »

It’s True, It’s True, It’s True

HOME Theatre, Manchester; Tuesday 8th October, 2019

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The year is 1612: in a packed courtroom in Renaissance Rome an aspiring young artist barely out of her teens is giving evidence against a man twice her age – she claims that he forced himself upon her, he vociferously denies any wrongdoing.

Artemisia Gentileschi is today revered as a Baroque master but her early life and her subsequent work was dominated and defined by the rape allegation against a man who was supposed to be her art tutor.Read More »

Sh!t Theatre Drink Rum With Expats

HOME Theatre, Manchester; Friday 27th September, 2019

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Two years ago things seemed to be going extremely well for esteemed international performance artists Sh!t Theatre – somehow they blagged a cheeky holiday to America to stalk their idol Dolly Parton and ended up coming back to Britain with a fully-fledged mainstream crossover hit show.

But recently, in true showbusiness style, things seem to have gone a bit awry for the normally effervescent duo – both are now economic migrants who have been forced to leave their homeland: one says she’s feeling lonely on a canal boat and the other is grafting it out in Leeds, a small town just north of London.

But the Sh!ts are an irrepressibly intrepid theatre making proposition – instead of banging on about how sh!t it all is on Twitter they’ve done what they’ve always been good at: made a new show about it. Read More »

The Accident Did Not Take Place

HOME Theatre, Manchester; Friday 27th September, 2019
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<<BREAKING NEWS>> : somewhere on the other side of the world a plane is falling from the sky. YesYesNoNo Theatre have the latest reports: they say that information is scarce and that all contact with the doomed aircraft has been lost.

Suddenly, from the front row of the audience, a hero emerges. In an inventive twist on staging convention, every performance of The Accident Did Not Take Place involves YesYesNoNo inviting a guest actor to take the lead role each night – but we’re told that this actor knows nothing about the plot or the script, this will be a hero who has to fake it to make it.Read More »

Under Three Moons

The Lowry, Salford; Thursday 26th September, 2019

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What do you do when your mate always needs to have a chat? When they’ve clearly got something going on but then they don’t actually come out and say it? Just how long can you continue to be there for them?

Under Three Moons by Daniel Kanaber delves inquisitively into the murky world of strained emotions and one very erratic friendship – a reflective hour that demands the invasive exploration of two reluctant individuals in the hope that the fractious interaction between them can somehow be deciphered. Read More »

Malory Towers

HOME Theatre, Manchester; Tuesday 24th September, 2019

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In 1946, celebrated children’s author Enid Blyton published the first of what would go on to be six books about a girl’s boarding school in Cornwall: an imposing edifice on a beautiful clifftop where teachers Miss Potts and Miss Grayling would oversee the transformation of young girls into fine young women – that school was known as Malory Towers.

Malory Towers the stage play by the Wise Children theatre company picks up the characters and essential themes of the books in order to set up a captivating two-hour long stage spectacle – a show that comfortably looks and feels like the manifestation of a classic, Blyton-esque childhood adventure.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 »

Care

HOME Theatre, Manchester; Friday 20th September, 2019

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In July of 2018 the National Health Service celebrated the 70th anniversary of its founding, having been formally launched in 1948 by the then Health Secretary Aneurin Bevan at the Park Hospital in Davyhulme (now Trafford General Hospital).

Care by ensemble theatre company The PappyShow is a powerful, moving examination of what health care has now become as well as being a speculative peek into what the uncertain future may hold for everyone.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 »