There’s all sorts happening on North West stages right now, from blockbuster productions that blur the boundaries between theatre and film to small-scale shows that give intimate insights into the lives of real people.
Let’s start with the quiet voices first, which includes The Game on at Contact as part of SICK! Festival. This new play cleverly switches the perspective on prostitution, taking the blame away from the women and putting a camera on the consumers – men. Good Dog at the Lowry, meanwhile, gives voice to the unheard, with an examination of what life is like for African immigrants living in Britain.
Then we’ve got Narvik on at The Bluecoat in Liverpool, a lovely memory play from writer and folk musician Lizzie Nunnery. The play’s protagonist is in his 90s and looks back on a love he lost due to the outbreak of WWII – a love that has left permanent scars on his psyche.
As for dance, The Lowry has programmed a weekend featuring some of the world’s top companies titled Dance: Sampled. Think of it as a taster session, where you can try all the genre has to offer at a fraction of the usual price. Plus, there are pop up performances and workshops so you can try out some steps yourself.
Finally, we finish with the big and brash stuff. City of Glass comes to HOME and is co-produced by 59 Productions (who worked on MIF’s wonder.land). It brings Paul Auster’s multi-layered novel to life by blending theatre and film, and is a real highlight of HOME’s season.
Here are our top 5 picks
Dance: Sampled is a weekend of amazing acrobatics, sensual strutting and challenging ballet, with taster sessions from the world’s top dance companies both classic and contemporary – not to mention a packed programme of workshops and pop-up performances. Have you always been interested in dance but never knew where to begin? If so, this is the perfect programme for you.