Theatre Review: A Night on the Tiles

Article published: Friday, February 12th 2010

If Quentin Tarantino was a Mancunian drama teacher, A Night on the Tiles might be his breakthrough play. It is an audaciously scripted homage to Reservoir Dogs-inspired gangster posing and Kill Bill Vol.2 chop-socky, which balances humour, inventiveness and style.

Conservatives 2.0

Article published: Monday, January 11th 2010

With the Tories still setting the political agenda in the run up to the election, Alex Nunns examines what a Cameron government might actually have in store for us.

Last Chance Art: Angels of Anarchy

Article published: Wednesday, January 6th 2010

Queues will snake through Manchester Art Gallery this week as visitors take a last look at Angels of Anarchy, the impressive exhibition of works by women surrealists which closes on Sunday 10 January.

Cabaret Preview: Mother’s Ruin – Saturday 19 December

Article published: Thursday, December 17th 2009

New queer cabaret-cum-variety Mother’s Ruin returns to greenroom for their third outing of the year with their alt take on the Christmas Special. Theirs is a 80s-tinged Yuletide Ding Dong, replete with shoulder pads, big hair (tantalisingly “available on the night”) and dragged up soap pastiche “Stark Dallas Naked”. Never has the description “Variety Show” […]

Now On: FutureFest for Low Carbon Living (Sun 13 – Thurs 17 Dec)

Article published: Monday, December 14th 2009

While politicians and protestors lock horns in Copenhagen, Manchester Town Hall has been taken over by a new “Co2mmunity” festival. Until Thursday, anyone managing to battle through the Christmas Market hoards can be rewarded with a wide range of free events that mix education with entertainment.

Music Preview: Exodus Live Winter 2009

Article published: Thursday, December 10th 2009

This summer the Exodus Summer Festival brought together the city’s diverse refugee and asylum seeker communities in a celebration of arts and culture. This week the festival returns with an impressive and eclectic line up of musical acts, demonstrating the myriad talents of these socially marginalised and misrepresented communities.

Theatre Review: Contradictions at Contact Theatre

Article published: Tuesday, November 17th 2009

Propelled by the blistering, multi-role performance of writer-actor Ali Gadema, Contradictions takes the audience on a dark, intimate and occasionally distressing journey through early-1990s Manchester on the number 42 bus route.