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Author: Chris Wallis

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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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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Review: Our Town, Royal Exchange, Manchester

September 22, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Our Town, Royal Exchange, Manchester

Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play first performed in 1938 is an American classic – there’s always a production on somewhere.

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Review: Partition, West Yorkshire Playhouse

September 13, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Partition, West Yorkshire Playhouse

“Nothing in his life became him like the leaving it.” So says Malcolm of the Thane of Cawdor in Macbeth. If only the same could be said of Great Britain abandoning its Empire.

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Review: Rita, Sue and Bob Too, Bolton Octagon

September 13, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Rita, Sue and Bob Too, Bolton Octagon

It’s 1982 and Margaret Thatcher is just getting into her stride.

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Molly Orange Little Wonder Thread

Northern Soul chats to the brains behind Clown Fest about parody and performance

July 26, 2017 Comments Off on Northern Soul chats to the brains behind Clown Fest about parody and performance

Mark Winstanley and Alice Robinson are a right pair of clowns. Everyone who knows them says so.

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Review: Cotton Panic! at Manchester International Festival

July 12, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Cotton Panic! at Manchester International Festival

Upper Campfield Market in Manchester’s Castlefield is a great space.

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All aboard for The Dukes production of Treasure Island in Williamson ParkLancaster.

Review: Treasure Island, The Dukes, Williamson Park, Lancaster

July 12, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Treasure Island, The Dukes, Williamson Park, Lancaster

Williamson Park in Lancaster is one of the most beautiful parks in the country.

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Review: The Father, Oldham Coliseum

June 21, 2017 Comments Off on Review: The Father, Oldham Coliseum

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

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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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