Tonight, I had the pleasure of watching ‘Heads Up,’ at HOME Theatre in Manchester. This was a solo performance which written and performed by Kieran Hurley. I was very surprised at first how the play only had one cast member recounting stories of other people’s lives, but this was extremely effective. The play ran straight through with no interval, which was interesting as it allowed the audience to become absorbed into the story that was being told on stage.

As we sat waiting for the show to start, I turned to my friend and said, “You know what, I fancy a bit of death.” She stared at me, agog, then burst out laughing.

I was dog tired and my capacity to express myself properly with words had completely failed me. What I had meant to say was that I was looking forward to, what I hoped would be, a brutally honest but darkly funny take on grief. I wanted to be made to laugh, but more than that, I was in the mood for something meaningful, something real.

Welcome once again to a thoroughly Manchester theatrical institution. Now no longer at the venue the title suggests, but at what is perhaps Manchester's newest and most vibrant Fringe theatre, 53TWO.

Reform Theatre Company bring their latest production ‘Hopeless Romantics’ to Bury as part of their national tour. The play is set on the hard shoulder of the motorway after Zoe (Hannah Douglas) and Al’s (Kivan Dene) car breaks down.

In an age when an orange buffoon has his finger on the nuclear button Timberlake Wertenbaker’s new play at Bolton Octagon asks a very pertinent question –  just how far would you go to stop something you consider to be damaging to your worldview?

“This Musical is a crowd pleaser of a show, which had every single member of the audience on their feet for a spectacular finale”.

The Palace Theatre Manchester hosted the Broadway and West End smash hit musical ‘Million Dollar Quartet’, starring Jason Donovan as Sam Phillips unusually for this Australian actor he didn’t actually sing himself - Instead Donovan played Phillips both in character in the story and as narrator, showing his acting skills at its finest.

What makes a good musical?

Is it something which is new and innovative, is it something heart-warming that touches your emotions like something only a live production can do or is it something which is familiar that takes you back to a memory that you know of.

The revived 1950’s production of Arthur Miller‘s blistering classic American drama ‘The Crucible’ came to the Opera House on Quay Street in Manchester with an amazingly talent cast. Charlie Condou, who is best known for the role of Marcus Dent in Coronation Street, played the witch-hunter Reverend Hale and ‘Call the Midwife’ star Victoria Yeates as the role of Elizabeth Proctor.

Ellen Kent is in town again, this time with that old favourite from the pen of Giuseppe Verdi, Aida.

Premiered in Cairo in 1871, this opera tells the story of Aida, daughter of an Ethiopian King, captured and enslaved by the Egyptians. Her new employer, the daughter of the Pharaoh, and her both fall madly in love with the same man, Radames, who is given the post of Commander of the Egyptian Armies and tasked with quelling and overcoming the attack by the Ethiopian army attempting to rescue their princess.

City of Manchester Opera is a company of professional, semi professional and trained amateur singers based in Manchester. They have more than 30 members of different nationalities, age and backgrounds, and where possible sing most of their repertoire in original languages. To date these have included French, German, Italian, Spanish and Russian. The passion and commitment is to share the marvellous music with as many people as possible.

A Delightfully Moving and Powerful Tale of Hope

Nabucco is a four-act opera by Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi which follows the plight of the Jews as they are attacked, conquered, and exiled from their homeland by the Babylonians in 586 BCE. It was first performed at La Scala in Milan on 9th March 1842.