Hair – Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester, England (review)

18 Nov

Hair cast

Conceived to shock in 1967 New York, Hair was a musical theatre revolution. A balls-out display of young people demanding to be heard, this 2016 co-production is a smart, prescient (or both) move by Aria Entertainment and Hope Mill Theatre. A tribe of hippies led by charismatic Berger (Ryan Anderson), girlfriend Sheila (Laura Johnson) and […]

Don’t Wake the Damp – The Lowry, Salford (review)

29 Oct

First they Kicked Pigs, then they had Hairy Hands, and now Kill the Beast are back with their third show. This time… they’re Damp. I’d seen Don’t Wake the Damp in preview before it spread to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and this third Kill the Beast production felt like a step forward for the company. […]

Women’s Hour – HOME, Manchester

29 Sep

She’s a princess!!! Doesn’t she look lovely? She’s a princess! She’s a princess! Doesn’t she look lovely? She’s a princess! She’s a princess! Isn’t she lovely? At the end of Women’s Hour, I look down and there’s a tampon* at my feet and a crumpet on the seat next to me. I’ve been shocked, disgusted […]

Singin’ in the Rain – Octagon, Bolton (review)

22 Jun

Singin' in the Rain at Salisbury Playhouse. Credit Richard Davenport

  Bolton’s Octagon Theatre, in a co-production with New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme and Salisbury Playhouse, serves up a stylish version of the silver screen classic Singin’ in the Rain. Without the scale of a West End stage that’s no mean feat, but Elizabeth Newman’s production has a super versatile cast of actor-musicians (slash singers, slash […]

The Night Watch – Royal Exchange, Manchester (review)

26 May

  Has the Royal Exchange ever felt so intimate? Seated in the familiar round, there is – almost magically – something about The Night Watch: something hushed, frequently tender, and personal, which draws you in to the stories on stage, but does it live up to this promise? Often the intimacy seems to be brought […]


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