Bobbie Diesel

She's an actor, she's a writer, she's a videographer, she's a...Well, she's up for nearly anything, to be honest. On MancMuse, though, you can find her raving about theatre.

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Bobbie’s Trip to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival

For those who don’t know what a fringe festival is, I’ll lay the scene for you: it’s about sharing performance art. It’s about new writing, new companies, new fresh-faced performers, and new ideas. Often, it’s a way for performers to test out what they’ve been developing and try to get some attention on it. It’s not just theatre; there’s magic, comedy, dance, spoken word. Diverse performers from all over flock to one area, descending on the streets like reverse seagulls, desperate to shove their flyers into your hands. They’ll do anything Read More

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Borderline: An Interview With the Supporting Cast

Following my interview with the leading cast, Emerson Baigent (playing Hal) and Callum Appleby (playing Cody), I'm excited to share my next interview, this one with the supporting cast. I spoke with Grace Bute, Holly Van-Assen and Fletcher Davies Rushton, to find out a bit more about the play as a whole, as well as the future direction of Sundial Theatre.Read More

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Borderline: An Interview With the Lead Cast

The opening night for Borderline is fast approaching. The team at MancMuse have been thrilled to support Sundial Theatre in their debut project, with previous articles including a press release and an interview with the directors, conducted by Andrew Campbell. So, with the first performance looming closer, I took my own trip down to the MMU Student Union building, to have a chat with the cast before one of their final rehearsals.Read More

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Love ‘N Stuff at Oldham Coliseum Review

It was a sweet enough story, albeit more ‘Stuff 'N Love’ than ‘Love 'N Stuff’. I could imagine it doing very well at a fringe festival, if they trimmed it down from 80 minutes to 25-30. Often, it did feel stretched thin, with content thrown in for the sake of it; and whilst I found many of the scenes entertaining enough, I was left wondering how they managed to add so much unneeded content and still leave me (and my accompanying housemate) with so many unanswered questions.Read More

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Glee & Me

It’s no wonder that Stuart Slade was awarded the Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting in 2019; the text is intricate and nuanced. It could certainly be defined as a dark comedy, but don’t let the laughter lull you into a false sense of security, because the brutal moments will make you cry ten times harder. Think The Fault In Our Stars (clever girl, tragic illness), but without the pretentiousness. The writing is so gorgeous at times that it feels like Shakespeare.Read More

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Heathers: The Musical Review

This is what I love about Heathers; sure, it’s a silly, coming of age story with unrealistic twists (although relevant, given the backdrop of American school shootings), but it has the potential to make some brutal, much needed comments. Again, though, I was disappointed in how this particular production lacked that.Read More