The Oresteia is yet another brilliantly adapted and stylised educational piece from Splendid Productions. The Quays Theatre at The Lowry filled up with theatre studies students, and Nuala Maguire, Grace Goulding and Tanya Muchanyuka did an expert job at keeping them engaged for the whole hour long show.
Previously known to some of the younger generation as one half of CBBC’s Iain and Hacker, and a BAFTA award winner for ‘best children’s presenter’ (although you wouldn’t think it to watch his stand up show). Now recognised by the nation as the voice of ITV2's Love Island. Comedian Iain Stirling is currently touring his show ‘U OK HUN? X’ around the UK, and it's the perfect cure to combat the winter blues.
Swan Lake glides gracefully up the Manchester Ship Canal to take up residency at The Lowry until 1st December and Matthew Bourne's innovative, daring and visually stunning vision of this classic ballet makes for a note perfect treat from start to finish.
The Merry Widow the operetta by Austro-Hungarian composer Franz Lehár was performed by the prodigious Opera North on their 40th anniversary it was on this date 15th November 1978 when the company took to the stage for the first time with a production of Saint-Saens’s Samson et Dalila at Leeds Grand Theatre. Since then Opera North has established a phenomenal reputation for producing some of the finest and exclusively luminous productions that have ever graced the Opera scene engaging a whole new generation of patrons.
Tosca the Opera in three acts with Music by Giacomo Puccini came to the stunning Lowry Theatre in Salford, first performed by Opera North in November 1979 in Leeds returned to the North for one night only to deliver this classic Opera sung in Italian (English translations projected either side of the stage) of ‘Secrets’, ‘lies’ and a ‘lethal ultimatum’.
Alan Bennett’s 2009 play about, amongst other things, W.H. Auden and Benjamin Britten is revived in this new touring production with Matthew Kelly and David Yelland in the principal roles. By turns coarse, moving, hilarious and profound, this play demonstrates yet again how Bennett manages to make enduring art out of the most unlikely materials.
With not exactly the kind of name you’d associate with comedy, Slaughterhouse Live are a Manchester based, four-man comedy cabaret team made up of Steve Royle (of Phoenix Nights and Max & Paddy’s Road to Nowhere to name a few), Gary Morris, Martin Pemberton and Andrew Willson.
Led by a brilliant dissection of the “girl brain”, Fluent in English is an observational feminist flurry about the mad traditions and customs we have allowed to dominate the traditional hetero wedding. Presenting her own brand of straight-talking feminism by an “elder Millennial”, Iliza Shlesinger’s style is refreshing and direct. From her bleating flock-followers on a hen night to the bizarreness of wearing a veil, no ancient stone of sexism is left unturned.
Buglight Theatre was established as a means to showcase work that connects to today’s social and political issues, and to encourage artists to create their own work: this ethos is fully encompassed by their production of ‘Me, Mum & the Patriarchy’. Written and performed by Buglight Theatre founder Keeley Lane, this play is a one woman show exploring the paradox of choice through a feminist semi-autobiographical performance.
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