Four Minutes Twelve Seconds – Oldham Coliseum

Seventeen year old Jack is a boy with Potential. His devoted, liberal parents, Di and David, have brought him up ‘properly’, sent him to a ‘good school’ and are confident of the bright future that lies ahead for him. They then discover that a sex video of Jack with his girlfriend, Cara, has appeared online … More Four Minutes Twelve Seconds – Oldham Coliseum

Welcome to Shangri-La – Hope Mill Theatre

Shangri-La is the wonderfully ironic name of a faded seaside boarding house, where the lights don’t work properly, breakfast is a ham and beetroot sandwich, and the landlady boosts revenue by telling fortunes and hosting swingers’ parties at the weekends. The three permanent residents are as jaded as the wallpaper but a new guest arrives … More Welcome to Shangri-La – Hope Mill Theatre

There is a Light That Never Goes Out: Scenes from the Luddite Rebellion – Royal Exchange

“To be a Luddite in 1812 was to resist the kind of progress that wanted to dash you against a cliff face.” (James Yeatman and Lauren Mooney – creators of There Is A Light That Never Goes Out) The term ‘Luddite’ has typically been used as colloquial shorthand for ‘backward-looking’; for stubborn and pointless resistance … More There is a Light That Never Goes Out: Scenes from the Luddite Rebellion – Royal Exchange

Miss Julie – Hope Mill Theatre

Written in 1888, August Strindberg’s Miss Julie is a searing portrayal of the psychological and emotional contortions demanded by 19th century social expectations. As a narrative, it is simple enough – an inappropriate sexual liaison between an aristocratic woman and a servant has tragic consequences. But what is utterly compelling is the raw struggle between … More Miss Julie – Hope Mill Theatre

Hobson’s Choice – Royal Exchange

The Royal Exchange has a true crowd-pleaser on its hands with Hobson’s Choice. Full-blooded characters, a wonderfully comic script and just enough poignancy and social commentary to give the whole thing substance – all this is sandwiched between opening and closing sequences buzzing with colour, music and dance. It is utterly engaging from start to … More Hobson’s Choice – Royal Exchange