I think I surpassed myself in total abject failure to blog last year, and I'm not promising it will be any better this year. But despite the fact that only about 20 people were regularly reading my posts (unless someone retweeted it - cheers guys!). I missed having the blog to look back on and remind myself of all my theatre (and occasionally other) adventures.
So just to start things off again, before life gets in the way and I fall back to never updating this thing, here is a very brief rundown of what 2018 shenanigans I got up to....
12/1 - Everyone's Talking About Jamie, Apollo Theatre London - such a life affirming show, my third visit, never fails to make me happy
27/1 - The Prince and the Porpoise, Didsbury Players, East Didsbury Methodist Church
29/1 - Black Men Walking, Studio, Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester - mesmerising and at times confusing
24/2 - The Almighty Sometimes, Royal Exchange Manchester - powerful and moving
10/3 - The Little Matchgirl and Other Happier Tales, Buxton Opera House - just magical
24/3 - Frankenstein, Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester
31/3 - Art, Lowry Theatre Salford - Fabulous acting and a monologue from Stephen Tompkinson that brought the house down
27/4 - Tonight at 8.30 - Bedroom Farces, Jermyn Street Theatre London - some of Noel Coward's shorter pieces done fantastically in a tiny little gem of a theatre in central London
28/4 - Brief Encounter, Empire cinema London - shorter version of a show I'd seen before. Very enjoyable and inventive stuff from the incredible Kneehigh
5/5 - The Cherry Orchard, Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester
18/5 - The Great Gatsby, Didsbury Players, East Didsbury Methodist Church - fun show with some energetic dancing interludes - made me seek out the book
2/6 - Happy Days, Royal Exchange Theatre - interesting dialogue led play showcasing Maxine Peake's acting skills
12/6 - Russel T Davies and Maxine Peake in conversation - Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester - as RTD would say 'Marvelous'
14/7 - Queens of the Coal Age, Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester - originally a Radio 4 play by Maxine Peake I really enjoyed this funny, moving and nostalgic play
20/7 China Plates and Pearl Earrings, Viaduct Theatre at The Hatworks Stockport
23/7 - I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue live, Lowry Theatre Salford - always fun - I'm glad I have friends who appreciate its genius - sad to think this was the last time I would see Jeremy Hardy
8/9 - Taking Steps, Garrick Theatre Stockport - first visit to a play at this amateur theatre at the heart of my home town. I did a really interesting backstage tour of the theatre as part of the heritage open day
22/9 - Queen Margaret, Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester
10/10 - Ross Noble, Buxton Opera House - Never fails to deliver
20/10 - Death of a Salesman, Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester
25/10 - Matilda the Musical, Palace Theatre Manchester - not the first time I had seen this brilliant show, but fun to see the touring version with a friend who was experiencing its magic for the first time
26/10 - Pinter 3, Howard Pinter Theatre London - short pieces from Pinter told brilliantly that stayed with you well after the show had ended. Tamsin Greig was simply superb
27/10 - Company, Noel Coward Theatre London - gender swapping the main and other roles worked brilliantly and this was a fantastic production
17/11 - The Habit of Art, Lowry Theatre Salford - enjoyable and great performances, but not the favourite thing I've seen from Alan Bennett
8/12 - The Producers, Royal Exchange Theatre - a perfect Christmas treat for my parents and I. Constant laughter and a brilliant production.
15/12 - Kiss Me Kate, Sheffield Crucible - nice way to round off a fabulous theatrical year
When I look at this list it does make me realise 1 - where all my money goes, and 2 - how lucky I am to be able to enjoy so many outings and so much variety.
Lets see what 2019 brings!