Category Archives: Theatre

A Raisin In The Sun reviewed

Lorraine Hansberry’s famous drama, A Raisin in the Sun, came to the Royal Exchange in Manchester over the past month and I was sent to discover what the play was really about.

Hansberry’s family drama focuses on a black family, the Youngers, who reside on the Southside of Chicago in 1959. Even though the family work they barely earn enough money to cover the rent. Therefore, when the head of the family passes away, the family wait in earnest for the insurance cheque of $10,000 which will make their dreams come true. Each family member has their own aspirations for the money and the family soon begin to fall apart as the thoughts of money consume them.

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A Raisin in the Sun

Raisin in the sun

Coming to the Royal Exchange theatre in February is the heart rendering classic, A Raisin In The Sun, by Lorraine Hansberry. The plot follows the Youngers, an African- American family, who are living on the south side of Chicago in the 1950s.

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A Night on the Tiles at Contact

Penultimate Contact Theatre Manchester

Hitting the Contact Theatre in February is Pen-Ultimate with their debut show A Night on the Tiles. Described as “Manchester’s freshest lyrical outfit” Pen-Ultimate is a hip-hop theatre group made up of Ben Mellor, Martin Stannage, Niven Ganner, Frisko Dan and Samira Arhin-Acquaah who combine their talents to make up a theatre and spoken word collective.

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Angels With Manky Faces, Library Theatre Manchester

UPDATE…I’ve just heard the play is being performed again which is great news for anyone who missed it first time round because it was sold out. Angels With Manky Faces will be performed at the Dancehouse on Friday, November 6 at 8pm and Sunday, November 8 at 3pm and 7pm. Tickets are £10 (£9 concs).

Dancehouse Theatre, Oxford Road.
T: 0161 237 9753
W: Dancehouse Theatre

Inspired by the book Gangs of Manchester, the play Angels With Manky Faces is about the gangs – or scuttlers – that roamed the streets in the ninteenth century. But more importantly, the book and the play both remind us that binge drinking, casual sex, gang warfare and
street crime are far from being modern phenomena.

I bought the book, Gangs of Manchester, which was written by historian Andrew Davies, before I went to the play and it was fascinating. And it makes you realise that when people hark back to the good old days, they certainly weren’t these times. Manchester during the Industrial Revolution times sounds downright scary – and however much I say I’m skint, my standard of living is just pure luxury compared how the factory workers used to live.

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