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Lemn Sissay, Something Dark

Review: Something Dark, HOME, Manchester

October 21, 2017 No Comments

Lemn Sissay is magnetic.

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Slava's Snow Show, The Lowry Salford

Interview and Competition: Slava – The Man Behind the Snow Show

October 11, 2017 No Comments

The multi-award winning international sensation Slava’s Snow Show returns to the UK this autumn, touring to The Lowry in Salford.

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Edward And Eliza and the Smashing of the Van, Hope Mill Theatre

Review: Edward And Eliza and the Smashing of the Van, Hope Mill Theatre

October 11, 2017 No Comments

Written by Rochdale-born Eileen Murphy to coincide with the 150th anniversary of the real events around the public hanging of the so-called ‘Manchester Martyrs’, this touring play from a new Rochdale-based company manages with surprising success to humanise what Murphy rightly characterises as “a huge, tragic and complicated event” whereby the struggle for Irish independence from the British Empire was played out in an English city, with consequences both national and international.

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The Fall of the Master Builder (Photography by Manuel Harlan)

Review: (the fall of) The Master Builder, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

October 11, 2017 No Comments

Henrik Ibsen’s The Master Builder, published in 1892, begins with the arrival of a young woman, Hilde Wangel, in Halvard Solness’s office.

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Cosmic Scallies, Royal Exchange, Manchester

Review: Cosmic Scallies, Royal Exchange, Manchester

October 7, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Cosmic Scallies, Royal Exchange, Manchester

What I miss about no longer being on Facebook is Jackie Hagan.

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All Or Nothing The Mod Musical

Review: All or Nothing, Storyhouse, Chester

October 7, 2017 Comments Off on Review: All or Nothing, Storyhouse, Chester

Actors have a thing where, when they go to audition for a TV ad, they walk into the waiting room and find 20 people sitting there who look exactly like them.

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The Tin Drum, Liverpool Everyman, Steve Tanner.

Review: The Tin Drum, Everyman Theatre, Liverpool

October 4, 2017 Comments Off on Review: The Tin Drum, Everyman Theatre, Liverpool

I’ve never attempted to adapt a novel for the stage, but if I did, I can tell you a few things I’d look for when choosing a suitable book.

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RET Our Town Rehersals . Sarah Frankcom

“Keeping theatre fresh is about taking risks.” Sarah Frankcom, artistic director of the Royal Exchange

October 3, 2017 Comments Off on “Keeping theatre fresh is about taking risks.” Sarah Frankcom, artistic director of the Royal Exchange

I have an enduring memory of a production of King Lear. I think it was a school trip, probably because the play was on the curriculum.

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Liz McClarnon and Ben Forster, Elf The Musical Launch, Nathan Cox

“I’m in a store and I’m singing!” Northern Soul meets the cast of Elf – The Musical

October 1, 2017 Comments Off on “I’m in a store and I’m singing!” Northern Soul meets the cast of Elf – The Musical

I am obsessed with the film Elf. Every year, without fail, I snuggle under a blanket with a glass of mulled wine and pop it on my telly box.

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thumbnail_People Places & Things pic 4 (02034) - photo by Johan Persson

Review: People, Places & Things, HOME, Manchester

October 1, 2017 Comments Off on Review: People, Places & Things, HOME, Manchester

First off, it should probably be acknowledged that there are noticeable similarities between this rather brilliant production and the National Theatre’s The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time.

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