As part of the Incoming Festival’s celebration of emerging theatre companies The Pappy Show bring their latest piece of work, ‘Boys’, to Home. The Pappy Show are a company dedicated to providing opportunities for performers to develop physical theatre skills.

I’m at Home Manchester, for a performance of the intriguingly titled The Search for a Black-Browed Albatross by the also intriguingly titled Backpack Ensemble, a company of actors from Lincoln.

With temperatures in Manchester rivalling those in Greece worldwide hit musical Mamma Mia has arrived at the city’s Palace theatre for a two week vacation. Fast approaching its 20th anniversary this show about a daughter’s quest to find her real Dad ahead of her wedding shows no signs of getting old and can quite comfortably be called a modern classic.

Whilst The World Cup is on the television at home with England trying to lose without looking like they want to, there was a good turnout at 53Two were we were treated tonight to a more comical performance than the tele could produce.

In a collaboration with Oldham Coliseum Theatre, writer Ian Kershaw was asked to write a play about all the things that are going on in the world right now – a “state of the nation” play. Faced with this daunting task, Kershaw states in the programme the long list of issues currently facing contemporary society and how he wanted to include and pay tribute to them all: somehow he has managed to do just that with Bread and Roses.

Lincoln’s Chapterhouse Theatre came to Waterside Arts to present their production of Shakespeare’s much-loved comedy on the evening England played Belgium in an apparently important football tournament. As a result, their audience was sparse: this was one of the few occasions when I have been grateful for the presence of a school party, whose numbers made a useful addition to the few adults in the house. They were well-behaved too.

Take Back Theatre is a collective formed as an urgent response to the current political and social climate, in particular austerity, in Manchester, its home of creation and beyond.

Set up by actor Julie Hesmondhalgh, writer Becx Harrison and visual artist Grant Archer.

On what is set to be the hottest week of the year so far in Manchester hit musical Legally Blonde comes to town to raise the temperature even higher. This show is full of energy from start to finish, (and lots of pink) and the packed audience at the Palace Theatre tonight loved it culminating in a spontaneous standing ovation.

The temptation to fill this review with the hysterical finer moments of the play is going to be difficult, however I will resist as I advise you to see this play at any opportunity you may have. I will however, share the basic premise of the production.

Last night I witnessed Velma Celli (Ian Stroughair) star in Iconic - A Brief history Of Drag and takes the audience on his journey through West End Prince to Cabaret Drag Queen.