Author: Kevin Bourke
JB Shorts’ hugely popular formula of ‘six 15-minute plays by top TV writers’ has been attracting thousands of Manchester theatregoers to the basement of Joshua Brooks since 2009.Read the full story..
“Theatre and film can effect social change” Playwright and actress Laura Lindsay talks to Northern Soul
Laura Lindsay was part of the Manchester Theatre Award-winning ensemble cast of The Rise And Fall Of Little Voice. This week at Manchester’s Hope Mill Theatre, and then on tour, she’s also demonstrating her writing and production skills with a new play Parallel.Read the full story..
By any standards, launching a big-budget musical is a huge risk. Nor do you make it any easier for yourself by basing said musical on a much-loved property (mess with cherished notions or characters and you can come a cropper).Read the full story..
When he announced Katherine Soper’s play as the winner of the 2015 Bruntwood Prize For Playwriting, judge Sir Nicholas Hytner hailed it as a work of “such eloquence, such quiet craft, such dignity and such compassion”.Read the full story..
So the Cirque is back in town – and how. Petulant critics of Cirque du Soleil may decry the scale and sophistication of the whole glossy operation but there’s no denying that they deliver a spectacular show full of the most awe-inspiring acts.Read the full story..
Although I’m led to believe there were some loudmouthed Kinks fans who expected more of a singalong as well as, equally annoyingly, some professional reviewers who seemed smugly ignorant of the band’s substantial output, there are many reasons why Sunny Afternoon is so much more than just another jukebox musical.Read the full story..
There may not be a specific, genre-fitting description for the art Mark Storor creates except to say, as the Royal Exchange does of its new collaboration with him, that he “makes work in a unique place between live art and theatre”.Read the full story..
Anyone who knows me will realise that any sharp intakes of breath I might elicit from passing fashionistas are considerably more likely to be gasps of horror than of approval.Read the full story..
“Why it was that every Jewish boy growing up in Manchester in the 50s played table tennis with some degree of competence I can’t explain,” observes award-winning comic writer Howard Jacobson.Read the full story..
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