June 30, 2017

The Pantaloons – A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Arley Hall and Gardens

For my second ever trip into the Pantaloons lovely world I am in the opulent surroundings of Arley Hall’s walled garden, with Lord and Lady Ashcroft sat in front of me. A slight change from where I saw...

June 25, 2017

John Hegley -  Family Wordship

Didsbury Parsonage Trust – As part of the Didsbury Arts Festival

How often, at multi-artist events, are you let down by the big name draw? I’ve been to mini local music festivals where the pub bands and tribute acts will have the crowd in t...

June 24, 2017

Hush Hush aka Police Cops in Space

After an interest pricking anti-marketting campaign (‘Don’t Come. You Are NOT Welcome’ was about the only blurb on the Lowry website) and being shown a video of two actresses (who were not in the show) creepily shooing us away, but rem...

June 20, 2017

The line between genius and mania is usually very thin, and never thinner than in Room 5064’s production of Virtuoso.

It is the true story of John Ogden, the greatest ever English (Mancunian) piano player, you probably never heard of. William Humble’s script, originally...

June 13, 2017

What we’re watching. Watching? Watching only tells a miniscule part of the story. This is total immersive theatre. Like Donnie Brasco, you might never come out!

I purposely read as little as I could about Blast Theory and Hydrocracker’s co-creation Operation Black Antle...

June 8, 2017

 It's a little while since we've played Blackpool, but that's exactly where we are this weekend, at Marton Mere Haven Caravan Park! And we can't wait!

June 7, 2017

THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG – LOWRY THEATRE – 7 June 2017

For a non-musical show to attain the dizzy heights of ‘West End Smash’, and run in London for several years, you know it must be good. That’s why as soon as the tour of The Play That Goes Wrong was announced at the...

June 1, 2017

Laugh and Let Die stalwarts Matt Seber and Pete Gibson are about to star in a major play about piano genius John Ogdon.

Virtuoso examines the meteoric rise to fame of the Manchester trained classical musician and his subsequent and tragic mental collapse.

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