Review: Studio ORKA’s Tuesday (Manchester International Festival)

There are many times I’ve been to the theatre (literally and conceptually – not all plays take place on the stage), when I’ve thought ‘what a brilliant production, what a great story, what an excellent ‘play’ this is.’ And then there are times when I’ve left the idea that I’m at a play far behind … More Review: Studio ORKA’s Tuesday (Manchester International Festival)

Review: Our Kid (Greater Manchester Fringe Festival)

I’ve documented my love for fringe theatre before. On the one hand you get to see experimental, exciting, no-holds barred productions and on the other hand, you get to see theatre which feels real, familiar, gritty, passionate… Our Kid, written by and starring Taran Knight, falls into the latter category and is all these things … More Review: Our Kid (Greater Manchester Fringe Festival)

Review: The Nico Project (Manchester International Festival)

Manchester International Festival is your opportunity to see something different. Something new, something especially commissioned, someone new, someone big… The Nico Project is the perfect case study of all of the above. The late Nico, real name Christa Paffgenmade, entered the musical zeitgeist in 1967 with The Velvet Underground, and the ‘show’ is inspired by … More Review: The Nico Project (Manchester International Festival)

Back with a Bang! Refract festival returns to Sale this Summer

Those who have already discovered this award-winning arts festival will be thrilled to hear that Refract is back for its third edition in and around Sale, this July. Those who haven’t yet discovered Refract – you’re in for a treat. Running from Thursday 18 July to Saturday 27 July, this unconventional 10 day festival, curated … More Back with a Bang! Refract festival returns to Sale this Summer

Crowd-Funder to help take solo show First Time to Edinburgh Fringe

Manchester theatre company, Dibby Theatre, is raising funds to help take their hit show First Time to Edinburgh Fringe. A funny and frank autobiographical solo-show, First Time is written and performed by theatre-maker and HIV activist, Nathaniel Hall. Diagnosed just two weeks after his 17th birthday and only months after coming out as gay to his … More Crowd-Funder to help take solo show First Time to Edinburgh Fringe

Review: Paul Mason’s Clear Bright Future – Penguin Live

I’ve been to a few book readings/launches/talks now. Two of those have been under the Penguin Live moniker (the first being the rather marvellous Penguin Pride – less a review, more a tribute. As someone who has earned their stripes as a regular book club member to boot, talking about a book retrospectively can have its … More Review: Paul Mason’s Clear Bright Future – Penguin Live