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Review: The Father, Oldham Coliseum

June 21, 2017 No Comments

Old age is not for sissies, as Bette Davis famously said, but it was a relatively rare commodity until recently.

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The Dukes new Artistic Director, Sarah Punshon

Sarah Punshon, the new artistic director of The Dukes in Lancaster, talks diversity and a disregard for boundaries

June 19, 2017 No Comments

“It’s hard to put me in a box because my career has been so varied, which makes me a great match for The Dukes,” says Sarah Punshon, the new artistic director of the Lancaster venue

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Operation Black Antler

Review: Operation Black Antler, HOME, Manchester

June 12, 2017 No Comments

I never learn that ‘immersive theatre’ is simply fancy-speak for ‘audience participation’.

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Persuasion, Royal Exchange, Manchester Photo Credit: Johan Persson/

Review: Persuasion, Royal Exchange, Manchester

June 8, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Persuasion, Royal Exchange, Manchester

There’s a line in this show that encapsulates both the successes and challenges of the production.

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George Caple, Zelina Rebeiro & Elliott Kingsley in Romeo & Juliet, photo by Gary Calton

Review: Romeo and Juliet, Everyman Theatre, Liverpool

June 8, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Romeo and Juliet, Everyman Theatre, Liverpool

For the final show of the five productions in its revival season, the Liverpool Everyman Company has played it safe with Romeo and Juliet. Except that it hasn’t, quite,

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Rose, by Martin Sherman

Review: Rose, HOME, Manchester

June 8, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Rose, HOME, Manchester

Rose is by Martin Sherman, a playwright who’s perhaps best-known for his Pulitzer Prize-nominated play Bent exploring the persecution of homosexuals during the Holocaust.

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Review: La Strada, The Lowry, Salford

May 19, 2017 Comments Off on Review: La Strada, The Lowry, Salford

At a time when the sort of ‘classic’ film that’s adapted into a stage show is more likely than not to be some 70s or 80s confection with feelgood singalong potential, it’s cheering that La Strada, based on a genuine classic of world cinema, even exists.

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From Shore to Shore/Piao Yang Guo Hai

Northern Soul talks the team behind From Shore to Shore/Piao Yang Guo Hai

May 13, 2017 Comments Off on Northern Soul talks the team behind From Shore to Shore/Piao Yang Guo Hai

From Shore to Shore/Piao Yang Guo Hai promises to be a unique event.

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Emily Hughes & Liam Tobin in The Sum photograph by Stephen Vaughan

Review: The Sum, Everyman Theatre, Liverpool

May 11, 2017 Comments Off on Review: The Sum, Everyman Theatre, Liverpool

At last, this is the one. This is the play the Everyman company has been waiting to reveal, the one that helps its pioneering rep project make a brilliant kind of sense.

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The cast of Winter Hill -Photo by Ray Jefferson, Bolton Camera Club- Winter Hill-057

Women writing, women talking, women directing, women acting: Winter Hill at Bolton Octagon

May 2, 2017 Comments Off on Women writing, women talking, women directing, women acting: Winter Hill at Bolton Octagon

Five years ago the head of the new writing department at Bolton’s Octagon Theatre decided, along with her counterparts at Manchester’s Royal Exchange and the Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse, to work with Salford University to co-deliver an MA course in playwriting.

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