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Review: The Sleeping Beauty, Birmingham Royal Ballet, The Lowry, Salford

March 1, 2018 Comments Off on Review: The Sleeping Beauty, Birmingham Royal Ballet, The Lowry, Salford

First performed in 1890, Birmingham Royal Ballet has stepped back in time to sample a classic steeped in history.

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Review: The Wedding, Liverpool Playhouse

February 24, 2018 Comments Off on Review: The Wedding, Liverpool Playhouse

Three star reviews can be a cop out. I worked for one editor who unofficially banned them. They can mean fence-sitting; not-committing; bet-hedging.

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The Replacement Child

Review: The Replacement Child, Hope Mill, Manchester

February 22, 2018 Comments Off on Review: The Replacement Child, Hope Mill, Manchester

Visceral yet moving, The Replacement Child is a production that – literally in certain places – screams authenticity.

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Dean Nolan as Fred and Isabel Pollen as Laura in Brief Encounter, credit Steve Tanner

Review: Brief Encounter, The Lowry, Salford

February 22, 2018 Comments Off on Review: Brief Encounter, The Lowry, Salford

It’s 1938 and weekly shopper Laura rests her weary court shoes at the station café before the train home.

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The Newspaper Boy c. Richard Kelly

Review: The Newspaper Boy, 53Two, Manchester

February 21, 2018 Comments Off on Review: The Newspaper Boy, 53Two, Manchester

There are a handful of Corrie favourites mingling as I head to a hidden archway under the Deansgate / Castlefield Met to celebrate the launch of Manchester’s newest play.

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RET The Almighty Sometimes - Julie Hesmondhalgh (Renee) & Norah Lopez Holden (Anna) - Image Manuel Harlan

Review: The Almighty Sometimes, Royal Exchange, Manchester

February 16, 2018 Comments Off on Review: The Almighty Sometimes, Royal Exchange, Manchester

Every so often, a piece of theatre comes along that leaves you astounded.

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Sue Devaney, Sam Glen, Emily Stott and William Travis

Review: The Kitchen Sink, Oldham Coliseum

February 13, 2018 Comments Off on Review: The Kitchen Sink, Oldham Coliseum

Last Thursday I went to Bob Carlton’s funeral.

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Review: A Passage to India, Liverpool Playhouse

February 7, 2018 Comments Off on Review: A Passage to India, Liverpool Playhouse

To whom do we owe our loyalty?

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Sharon Small in Still Alice

“It’s living with dementia, not retreating or suffering from it.” Every Third Minute, a festival of theatre, dementia and hope

February 7, 2018 Comments Off on “It’s living with dementia, not retreating or suffering from it.” Every Third Minute, a festival of theatre, dementia and hope

Here’s a sobering thought. In under 10 years, it is estimated that more than a million people in the UK will be living with dementia.

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Johanne Murdock in The ToyBoy Diaries at Hope Mill Theatre 2. Credit Anthony Robling

Review: The ToyBoy Diaries, Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester

January 27, 2018 Comments Off on Review: The ToyBoy Diaries, Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester

Despite the team behind Hope Mill winning twice at last year’s Northern Soul Awards (Small Theatre of the Year and Fringe Production of the Year), I’d still not visited this Manchester theatre. It was time to put that right.

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