Gecko Theatre’s latest show The Wedding comes highly anticipated after a series of critically acclaimed physical theatre productions under Artistic Director Amit Lahav. Their second run at HOME after the well-received Institute in October last year.

This charming little play started with a hilarious monologue, introducing us to the character of Colin; a bric-a-brac aficionado and mummy’s boy, who has recently lost his beloved mother and now keeps her in a biscuit tin.

A grown man lounging on a beanbag listening to The Smiths is an unusual way to start but then this is a show about an overwhelming obsession with your hero.

From the moment we see sexual predator Bob’s naked buttocks thrusting away in the back of a car, it’s clear this is a no holds barred version of Andrea Dunbar’s ’s bleak but poetic words.

Listening to two girls talk about sex for an hour may be too crude for some. However, Freak by Anna Jordan really packs a punch and discusses those issues that society says women shouldn’t talk about for fear of being unladylike.

The house lights dimmed and hundreds of excitable, chattering, squealing children fell silent. And the magic began.

On stage appeared a princess, albeit with a broom, who looked out over the audience and said “Hello there. I’m in my princess costume.”  And the youngsters, especially those in their similar, fancy dress, were hooked.

Craig Revel Horwood’s fresh take on the “fabulous” musical adaptation of the popular 1990s film Sister Act, returns to the Palace Theatre Manchester for one week only – and judging by the audience’s reaction tonight it is much appreciated encore.

There’s not many shows that have huge video projections of a colonoscopy but this powerful single hander is about Liz Richardson’s battle with ulcerative colitis.

This is not my first Dirty Dancing experience – I was lucky enough to be at the West End Premiere many years ago and I can honestly say, it hasn’t lost its charm (I actually believe it’s better than the original West End production) and is a wonderful tribute to the fantastic film we all know and love.