Captain Roberts: We’ve come a long way in the last eighteen months, haven’t we?

Lieutenant Pearson: I’d say approximately thirty yards.

Sargent Tyler: And that’s sideways!

The classic musical hit of Andrew Lloyd Webber Sunset Boulevard finally graced the Northwest’s Manchester Palace Theatre after decades of on the shelf - As a theatre critic this revamped musical is one I have looked forward to the most, as an avid fan of Andrew Lloyd Webber writings and having originally seeing the show in the 90s left fond memories and a profound impression as being one of Webber’s finest productions hence why I couldn’t wait for the curtain to rise.

Parliament Square, written by playwright James Fritz and directed by Jude Christian, is a strange beast. I have to confess that, while I found it mesmerising from start to finish, I left with a feeling of unease - not uneasy over the subject-matter, but uneasy because I wasn’t quite sure what I had just seen. It’s an ambiguous play that seems desperate to want to say something important and yet struggles to get its words out.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is a musical with lyrics by Tim Rice and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber. The story is based on the "coat of many colours" story of Joseph from the Bible's Book of Genesis.

This is my first experience of reviewing at the Opera House in Manchester and their hospitality was superb... We were greeted however with some rather unfortunate news in that Vincent Simone was injured and therefore there would be two other dancers instead (I will come to them shortly).  Fortunately, the beautiful Flavia Cacace did perform with Vincent’s “understudies” so all was not totally lost.

Wonderhouse’s production of ‘What I Felt Whilst Under You’ tells the story of a man who is fighting to be himself and a woman who is trying to understand him. It is very much a kitchen sink drama.

Seiriol Davies brings us an eclectic musical to celebrate the life of the extremely eccentric fifth Marquis of Anglesey, Henry Cyril Paget, which explores his love of cross-dressing and theatre. The piece is a tightly directed romp through Henry’s short but exuberant life which celebrates and subverts the tropes of musical theatre. 

Tonight, I watched the mesmerising and enchanting English National Ballet’s performance of the double bill ‘Song of the Earth’ and ‘La Sylphide.’

My first visit to Manchester’s HOME theatre to experience Bourgeois and Maurice perform their neo- cabaret presentation ‘How to Save the World Without Really Trying’ was an entirely fabulous and hilarious affair!

After a busy day yesterday of cancelled meetings, re-arranged events, slopping food down my front to ruin my otherwise perfect appearance and sending an email invitation to entirely the wrong person, which will require some serious smooth talking to get me out of the dog house, I made my way to 53Two, Manchester’s newest fringe venue to see what dearly needed to be a damn good play if it was to resurrect my day.

Jenga is normally a benign parlour game, but in Daniel Bye’s world it becomes a metaphor for how national borders have become a symbol of our deepening fears of human beings who are different to us, and just how easily previously solid structures can collapse with a few wrong moves.