Naughty Corner’s iconic show Not the Horse is back for its fifth anniversary. A scouse gangster comedy featuring cocaine, ketamine and horse semen, this fantastic show has turned theatre on its head and continues to do so half a decade on.

Techne Theatre Company, under the direction of Thomas Martin, and in association with Peridot Productions (producer Michael Wolf), bring this breath-taking exploration of humanity to life in a production that will wring every human emotion out of you and some, and you will be grateful for it: to know that you’re a human being with real feelings.

I suspect most people over the age of 30 have seen the movie Ghost and I doubt there’s anyone who hasn’t seen a parody of the pottery scene with Demi Moore’s Molly begin caressed by the ghost of her dead partner Sam, played in the film by Patrick Swayze. It’s such an iconic scene and display of love and loss etched into the faces of the two main characters that I did wonder how or if that could translate onto the stage.

Inspired by Caroline Twigg’s article in The Guardian about dealing with her late husband’s digital afterlife, in this site-specific production, Dante or Die present us with an immersive foray into the intimacy and loneliness of the internet as we are issued with headphones and smart phones to enable us to meet Terry (Andy McLeod).

Vellum is a collaboration between contemporary dancers, live music and poetry, to create a piece about mental health and the reality of it, and designed to capture the almost unexplainable feeling of being physically present but not being mentally or emotionally there, portrayed through a series of movements as the artists set out to explore how our skin can show each and every battle we face or may still be facing, in very personal reveals of the truth behind mental health and presented as three fragments.

That is quite some challenge... no, no, no, not navigating the world in nearly 11 and a half weeks (definitely does not have the same ring to it) but depicting all those countries. Never mind all the different people, and full credit to the triumvirate of Adaptor, Laura Eason; Director, Theresa Heskins; Designer, Lis Evans, complemented indeed by Movement Director, Beverley Norris-Edmunds.

Pop tells the story of Abbi (Katie George) and Beth (Lauren Foster) who were best friends growing up in the nineties. The music, the fashion and the celebrities are all brought back in a dazzling neon lighted multi coloured wave of nostalgia that hides the dark core which led to the two girls’ close relationship being torn to pieces.

It is difficult to fathom how Matthew Bourne continues to reimagine his already ground-breaking interpretation of Swan Lake, yet he has absolutely triumphed in this 2019 version of the well-loved ballet.

More Deadly than the Male consists of two plays written by Jamie Gaskin. Here is Thy Sting and The Budding Mantis feature an all-female cast under the direction of Sarah Sharp and explore how far people are willing to go when pushed to the limit as well as how the women can be far deadlier than men.

With current news headlines underlining the importance of having a state, and the debate about Shamima Begum has highlighted how making someone stateless is illegal under international law. But what if someone deliberately chooses to reject their nationality, to become stateless?