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.

David Walliams’ children’s books are exceedingly popular with their target audience due to the over the top personalities and general misbehaviour by many of the principle characters but maybe not so popular with the adults. The same can be said for the stage version of some of the books. Several have now been produced for the stage including Mr Stink and more recently Gangsta Granny.

Hope Mill Theatre notorious for bringing the magic of musicals to Manchester’s fringe scene hosted the new up and coming musical ‘Guy’ a leoe&hyde production directed by the talented Manchester based director Sam Ward with Choreography by the award winning Choreographer Yukiko Masui from Tokyo.

As part of refugee week 16th – 22nd June 2018, a unique theatre performance plays at Home in Manchester.

The stage is set for an orchestra. The seats are filled with musicians and singers from Stone Flowers. People who are themselves refugees who have survived torture and more than likely without family or without hope.