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Maggie Bain in Man to Man. A Wales Millennium Centre production. Photo - Polly Thomas

Review: Man to Man, Everyman Theatre, Liverpool

October 26, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Man to Man, Everyman Theatre, Liverpool

Sometimes it happens that certain playwrights have a ‘moment’, a period during which their work suddenly taps into the creative consciousness bubbling just beneath our feet and causes multiple dramatic fountains to burst through.

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Blackout, The Dukes, Lancaster

Review – Blackout: Tales from Storm Desmond, The Dukes, Lancaster

October 25, 2017 Comments Off on Review – Blackout: Tales from Storm Desmond, The Dukes, Lancaster

Do you remember the pure excitement of a power cut when you were little?

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The Wipers Times

Theatre, war and a satirical newspaper: Ian Hislop and Nick Newman talk about The Wipers Times

October 23, 2017 Comments Off on Theatre, war and a satirical newspaper: Ian Hislop and Nick Newman talk about The Wipers Times

The Wipers Times, coming to Manchester Opera House at the end of October, tells the extraordinary true story of a satirical newspaper created in the midst of the mud and murderous mayhem of the Somme at the height of the First World War.

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Salzburger Festspiele 2014- Golem -Landestheater Salzburg

Review: Golem, Liverpool Playhouse

October 23, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Golem, Liverpool Playhouse

Many people of a certain age will remember the suburban wonders of a living-room slideshow. It was cinema you could do yourself with the lights out, curtains pulled, and head-cut-off holiday portraits beamed against the woodchipped wall.

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Lemn Sissay, Something Dark

Review: Something Dark, HOME, Manchester

October 21, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Something Dark, HOME, Manchester

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

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

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

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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