In a time of year where the trend is for tinsel, carols and festive cheer, Chasing Bono is more about bacon sarnies, shattered dreams and teenage angst making it to theatre what The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl are to Christmas songs.
Director Debbie Hannan has crafted a masterful production that clocks in at nearly two hours into slow burning theatrical king hit that demands your attention.
It is as exhilarating and as exhausting as the climb itself – and as beautiful and awe-inspiring as the mountain Simpson and Yates set out to conquer.
Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory’s latest offering yields many strong and a couple of exceptional performances.
The Jungle is theatre at its best: transformative and wholly enveloping. It sucker punches you whilst it is happening and it blooms long after you have left the makeshift Jungle.
For a feelgood, heart-racing, toe-tapping story to feel so joyless, despite the best efforts of the cast, seems like a huge wasted opportunity.
This is an extraordinary theatrical experience given in kindness, strength and bucket loads of humanity that provides a platform for change.
This is a state-of-the-nation king-hit to shake up tradition, privilege and expectation.
In the hands of Sally Cookson, A Monster Calls is an instant classic: a show that transforms both hearts and minds through the magic of authentic storytelling.
Brian Clough famously reflected on his own career, “I wouldn’t say I was the best manager in the business. But I was in the top one”.