Crowded Room have produced a piece of Theatre which is part play, part documentary. A true story about five people whose lives are turned upside down by crime. Three victims and two perpetrators told their true stories to Harriet Madeley during interviews. The crimes were all serious including murder, manslaughter and violent assault.

Ockham's Razor are a theatre company who combine aerial work, circus and visual theatre. This Time is their new tour which takes an autobiographical look at how different generations interact and react. Here co-founders Alex Harvey and Charlotte Mooney work with the both the juvenile (Faith Fahy) and mature (Lee Carter) to create an evocative and emotional performance.

In the 400 years since its first performance, Shakespeare's tragedy has been produced in an enormous variety of ways and used as source material for opera, musical theatre and even an animation (who can forget Gnomeo & Juliet?). So, when Matthew Bourne and his New Adventures Company set their sights on presenting Prokofiev's 1940 ballet based on the piece, expectations were sky high. This radical reinterpretation delivers an accessible, stylistic and visually stunning take on the story of the star crossed lovers.

Adapted from a 2006 movie of the same name, Little Miss Sunshine is a musical which follows the journey of the Hoover family, as they make their way from Albuquerque to California in a temperamental mini bus. To say they are a dysfunctional family is an understatement.

Wallace and Gromit’s ‘Musical Marvels’ was performed at the Lowry on a dreary Bank Holiday weekend. Whilst I was aware of the wide demographic that this hilarious modelling clay duo entice, I was not at all surprised to see many children. Very many children! I was also a little unsure and intrigued how the orchestral aspect would appeal to them and also how a much loved film would work with live music.

Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap opened in London on the 25th November 1952 after a brief national tour and the London production is now heading for its 67th anniversary. While London audiences can still see the play, it is now out on tour again bringing Christie's twisted tale to the regional audience.

The Great Gatsby: F Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel about love, passion and the inevitable ensuing tragedy, set in the decadent 1920s: tonight performed by Northern Ballet who produced a wonderful, luxurious feast for the eyes.  

The story is about the love affair between Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan, his first true love who he thought was lost to him.

Northern Broadsides – a Yorkshire based theatre company and the New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme, have partnered to produce a new production of this much-loved classic. Both companies work extensively to produce work that stimulates community and youth involvement.   Interestingly, North Broadside have created an App whose digital resource creates a new exciting environment to encourage children to engage in classical text - ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ and the children’s version ‘A Muddle in Messina’ help to break down the Shakespearean language and offer a modern fun way for children to interact and study the play.

We all remember the 1983 film; Educating Rita starring Julie Walters and Michael Caine - but this for me has just been blown out of the water by its latest stage reboot starring Stephen Tompkinson and Jessica Johnson.

It is a rare experience these days to see a production outside London of The Phantom of the Opera, so I was thrilled to see it on Pendleton College’s season of shows this year. Regarded as one of the best performing arts colleges in the area this group of talented cast and crew have provided a high quality professional production.

You probably would not expect to hear Anarchy in the UK (or should that be Anarchy in the Ukulele) played on a group of Ukuleles. Nor would you think that Highway to Hell would be brought to life by an instrument that is not known to the most hard hitting or trendy.