There is something for everyone when it comes to the JB Shorts productions, combining comedy, drama, and politics into a series of original, short plays. After almost ten years since the first production, it continues to showcase outstanding pieces of work from creative individuals that never fail to deliver.
Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya is part of HOME’s major new season celebrating 100 years since the Russian Revolution. This Russian classic was written 20 years before the revolution and it serves as strong evidence that the tendrils of poverty were choking the poor while a disillusioned upper class tried to maintain and justify their excess.
Christmas may seem like it gets earlier each year, but I think once you've mentally accepted that the festive season is just around the corner it's fine to embrace all things Christmassy and it's safe to say the performance of The Snowman is absolutely one to embrace.
On the 40th year anniversary of the iconic punk film the Royal Exchange wrench Jubilee squealing and with a knife to its throat into 2017. Exploring political unrest, social inequality via themes of race, ability, sex, gender and class to name but a few, throw in a failed justice system and Jubilee highlights how our modern world has learnt no lessons from history and the real references to today’s world are tragically abundant.
Unlucky in love? Carrying relationship baggage, you want to unload? Sarah Blanc is here to help! Her insightful, uninhibited and uproarious lecture in which she shares life lessons and stories from her own calamitous, but all too relatable dating disasters is nothing short of humour based therapy.
The classic musical hit of Andrew Lloyd Webber Sunset Boulevard finally graced the Northwest’s Manchester Palace Theatre after decades of on the shelf - As a theatre critic this revamped musical is one I have looked forward to the most, as an avid fan of Andrew Lloyd Webber writings and having originally seeing the show in the 90s left fond memories and a profound impression as being one of Webber’s finest productions hence why I couldn’t wait for the curtain to rise.
Parliament Square, written by playwright James Fritz and directed by Jude Christian, is a strange beast. I have to confess that, while I found it mesmerising from start to finish, I left with a feeling of unease - not uneasy over the subject-matter, but uneasy because I wasn’t quite sure what I had just seen. It’s an ambiguous play that seems desperate to want to say something important and yet struggles to get its words out.
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