When is a film not a film? When it's a Notflix Musical....because everything is better as a musical, according to the all-female cast of Notflix – and I completely agree with them! Notflix is a totally improvised theatrical experience and each show is unique.
The Last Ship Musical docked at Salford’s Lowry theatre tonight, an apt location of the once thriving Salford dock, part of the Manchester Ship Canal that sadly reflected the story of the Last ship and was closed in 1982, resulting in the loss of 3000 jobs. The opening night was an exciting event as we were joined in the auditorium my cast members’ family and Sting.
The Crucible is perceived by many as Arthur Miller’s greatest play. It is based on the 17th Century witch trials in Salem, Massachusetts. However, Miller used the paranoia of Senator Joseph McCarthy as the inspiration to tell the story.
In keeping with the heatwave we are currently lucky enough to be experiencing, 2Magpies Theatre Company have created an educational show disguised as a holiday. Achieved through a completely immersive experience: the audience (holidaymakers) are greeted with a Cuba Libre cocktail on arrival and then invited to relax in the deckchairs around the performance space with a bag of sand to submerge their feet in for the full beach effect.
Minding Frankie is a play based on Maeve Binchy’s novel of the same name, ably adapted for the stage by Shay Linehan. Set in Dublin, we meet Noel Lynch (Steve Blount), struggling with an alcohol addiction, with his world about to be turned upside down by a phone call from Stella – an old girlfriend who he shared a drunken weekend with.
12th December 2015, an elderly looking gentleman was found dead on Saddleworth Moor. He was carrying no form of identification. Train tickets in his pockets showed he’d travelled 200 miles, apparently just to die. As the police went public with the man's image, 40 different people reached out to claim 'the man on the moor' as their missing husband, father or brother.
We entered the Big Top tonight at the Lowry for this performance of Exploded Circus, performed by Mimbre Productions. Mimbre productions is a female-led company, directed by Lina Johansson. Lina founded Mimbre along with Silvia Fratelli and Emma Norin back in 1999. Production Designer Loren Elstein won the William Fletcher Foundation Grant in 2013. Music is provided by Quinta who is a London based experimental music maker and multi-instrumentalist. Lighting is from Amy Mae who is also London based.
The National Theatre’s acclaimed production of War Horse is trotting its way around the UK as part of a major tour right through until April 2019.
Based on the beloved novel by Michael Morpurgo and adapted by Nick Stafford War Horse returns to The Lowry Theatre until the 30th June 2018.
The Nature of Forgetting is a work devised by London-based ensemble Theatre Re following main character 55-year-old Tom’s struggle with early onset dementia. However, the piece itself is not simply about dementia, it is an exploration of the human essence, an eternal “something” we all share, that is left when memory is gone. Theatre Re’s ethos is to create thought-provoking, tangible and poignant work, and The Nature of Forgetting is a prime example of just that.
Agathi is in Manchester's Lowry Theatre for one night only, performed by Asparas Arts a group of dancers who are dancing a relatively new piece for the stage, highlighting the plight of displaced people from around the world in three acts.
Hard on the heels of the Oldham Coliseum production of ‘A Taste of Honey', Salford Arts Theatre have revived another classic Northern piece with their production of Harold Brighouses' 'Hobson's Choice.’
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