Martin Thomasson

North west reviewer

Lecturer in Philosophy and Creative Writing (retired).

Part-time tutor, MA TV and Radio Scriptwriting (Salford)


Latest reviews

Quirijn de Lang as Sam, Charlie Southby as Junior and Wallis Giunta as Dinah
, Alastair Muir

Trouble in Tahiti / Trial by Jury

Trouble: Leonard Bernstein (words and music); Trial: Arthur Sullivan (music), William Schwenck Gilbert (libretto) (Opera North at The Lowry).
Reviewer: Martin Thomasson

(clockwise from left) Quirijn de Lang as Grandfather Clock, John Graham-Hall as Tea Pot, Katie Bray as Louis XV Chair, John Savournin as the Armchair, Ann Taylor as the Mother, Wallis Giunta as the Child and Fflur Wyn as Fire, Tristram Kenton

L'Enfant et les Sortilèges; Osud

L'Enfant: ravel (music), Colette (libretto); Osud: Janáček (music), Fedora Bartosova (libretto) (Opera North at The Lowry).
Reviewer: Martin Thomasson

Richard Burkhard as Tonio and Peter Auty as Canio, Tristram Kenton

Pagliacci; Cavalleria Rusticana

Pagliacci: Ruggero Leoncavallo (music and libretto), Cavalleria Rusticana: Pietro Mascagni (music); G Targioni-Tozzetti and G Menasci (libretto) (Opera North at The Lowry).
Reviewer: Martin Thomasson

Days of Wine and Roses,

Days of Wine and Roses

Owen McCafferty (from J P Miller's original screenplay) (Elysium TC at 53two, Manchester).
Reviewer: Martin Thomasson

Twelve, Yuris Nórido


(Acosta Danza at The Lowry).
Reviewer: Martin Thomasson

Song of the Earth and La Sylphide, Jason Bell

Song of the Earth / La Sylphide

Kenneth MacmIllan (choreography)/ August Bournonville (original choreography) (English National Ballet / Royal Danish Theatre at Palace Theatre, Manchester).
Reviewer: Martin Thomasson

Cabaret From The Shadows, Andrew Ness Photography

Cabaret from the Shadows

Cabaret from the Shadows (Teatro Pomodoro at Unity Theatre, Liverpool).
Reviewer: Martin Thomasson

Contractions; North of Providence

Mike Bartlett (Contractions); Edward Allan Baker (North of Providence) (Play with Fire at 53two (pod), Manchester).
Reviewer: Martin Thomasson

Barely Methodical Troupe in Circusfest 2016 at the Roundhouse,


Devised by Ben Duke and the company (Barely Methodical Troupe at Quays Theatre, The Lowry).
Reviewer: Martin Thomasson

Adrian Zmed (Georges) and John Partridge (Albin), Pamela Raith Photography

La Cage aux Folles

Music and lyrics, Jerry Herman; book by Harvey Fierstein (Bill Kenwright at Lyric Theatre, Lowry).
Reviewer: Martin Thomasson