What We're Watching - Man on the Moon

Keisha Thompson is an astonishing writer and performer. It’s not so much the poetic phrases and star-gazing metaphors that pepper her solo piece, Man on the Moon – though these are plentiful. It’s the delicate way that she handles big issues like mental health, family, and black identity so that these broad themes become touchingly personal. Structured around a heart-thumping journey to visit the father she hasn’t seen in months, Keisha’s story explores the ways that family and society can leave someone behind. The stage is littered with books, some piled up impossibly high. Keisha’s father, who left when she was a child, communicates with her by popping books through her letterbox. He’s a B

A Murderer Calls at Lodore Falls

Fantastic night last night at Lodore Falls Hotel in Keswick with A Twisted Christmas Carol (I know, it gets earlier every year doesn’t it...!). Big thanks to Pete, Ash, Kerry, Beth and the wonderful staff and guests!

What We're Watching - A Judgement in Stone

After a decade producing stage versions of thrillers by the Queen of Crime The Agatha Christie Theatre Company has had a revamp to become The Classic Thriller Company. One cannot quibble with the choice of the late Ruth Rendell as a ‘classic’ thriller writer. She was an author capable of producing straightforward ‘whodunnits’ and complex psychological thrillers. A Judgement in Stone, possibly her finest work, combines the two. Hopes are high for the stage adaptation; after all Simon Brett has a number of thrillers to his name and Antony Lampard has previously brought works by Agatha Christie to the stage. The novel concentrates on the reasons for the murder rather than finding the crimina

Slay Bells Ring takes shape!

We had a hilarious morning, rehearsing for our brand new, never performed Christmas show, Slay Bells Ring, the story of warring shopkeeper brothers, Mark and Spencer Woolie. Be the first to see it at Stone House Hotel on 7 December. Details on Events page. We

What We're Watching - Jubilee, Royal Exchange

Derek Jarman’s gloriously imperfect film Jubilee divided opinion in 1978. Its harshest critics were the leaders of the punk movement it seemingly celebrated, with Vivienne Westwood accusing it of that most heinous crime of being boring. Almost 40 years on, director Chris Goode’s decision to embrace the scrappy, anything-goes nature of Jarman’s movie, without matching its singular vision, results in a production that is largely guilty of the same thing. What should be a short, sharp shot in the arm feels frustratingly flabby, with a spirited cast never quite corralled into a cohesive whole. Its self-awareness is refreshing but even that palls during an overlong running time. Goode’s adaptatio

What We're Watching - Spamalot, Palace Theatre

Spamalot, the musical, lovingly ripped off from the 1975 film Monty Python and the Holy Grail, has returned to send a ripple of laughter through the theatre goers of Manchester. Produced by Selladoor and based on the book by Eric Idle, it is classic British humour at its best - slapstick, japes, and fun, mixed with a stage presence that really packs a punch. Opening the show with a fish slapping dance pretty much sets the tone for the next couple of hours. King Arthur’s entrance on to the stage on an invisible horse never gets dull, helped along by his loyal aide Patsy - expertly played by Rhys Owens - and a set of clattering coconuts. The show tells the tale of King Arthur and his Knights o

What We're Watching - What Once Was Ours

Whatever you think about migration since Brexit (and perhaps for some time before) it has rarely been out of the media. What Once Was Ourstakes a unique look at migration, using interviews with young people up and down the country, turning their beliefs into a two-hander play which strips the complex issues back and puts it into a single family setting. However, this play is more than just migration, it delves deeper, trying to explore why different opinions develop and how barriers can be erected and broken down. Callum is seeking a reconciliation with his estranged father but meets his half-sister Katie at the door. His father will be back in two days and over the weekend that ensues Callu

The streets are safe once more

We had a fantastic night with Pippa and her mates at her Hen Party in Liverpool this weekend! The girls really got involved coming in full costume and even bringing their own Kanye Pest! (Who sadly lasted about as long as our version...!) Their questioning was, well, questionable! But they brought the killer to justice in the end. Good luck to Pippa for the wedding January from all at Laugh and Let Die.

What We're Watching... The Wipers Times

…Or Blackadder Goes to Press, as it could be subtitled, as it certainly evokes the spirit of the fantastic World War 1 sitcom. The Wipers Times tells the story of Captain Fred Roberts and his band of brothers who found a printing press in Ypres (or ‘Wipers’ as the British soldiers call it), and decided to start publishing a satirical newspaper, the Wipers Times, for sale to soldiers and civvies alike throughout the war. In between dodging doodlebugs from the Bosch, Roberts and his men face different threats from the top brass Generals and the Temperance society they lampoon in their pages. Written by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman, Hislop’s voice is resonant throughout. James Dutton (playing Rob

Ultimately Pointless...

Congratulations to Laugh and Let Die actor Phil Chadwick who appeared on last night's Pointless. Well, we say congratulations, but maybe it should be commiserations as he crashed out the (very hard) first round! Never mind Phil, at least you found the perfect place to wear that shirt! :-)

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