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Brilliant Adventures

Brilliant Adventures, Royal Exchange Studio, Manchester

May 18, 2013 Comments Off on Brilliant Adventures, Royal Exchange Studio, Manchester

As I was heading to the Royal Exchange Theatre studio in Manchester (where I watched my first play ever, as a nine-year-old) I kept thinking about the subject matter of Brilliant Adventures.

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Platero Y Yo

Platero Y Yo at The Met, Bury

May 18, 2013 Comments Off on Platero Y Yo at The Met, Bury

I love any opportunity to go to The Met in Bury. It’s a beautiful Victorian building, slap-bang in the centre of town, built in the 1840s in the neo-classical style.

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Ladies' Day

Ladies’ Day, Oldham Coliseum

May 16, 2013 Comments Off on Ladies’ Day, Oldham Coliseum

To summarise: Ladies’ Day is a comedy drama about a gang of fish factory workers from Hull on a day at the races. It wasn’t any old race event, rather it was a specific day – the day Royal Ascot came to York Races in 2005.

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Sutra

Sutra, The Lowry

May 16, 2013 Comments Off on Sutra, The Lowry

The Lowry‘s Lyric theatre is packed on this dreary Tuesday. Dance is usually quite well attended here in the North West, with school groups, dance students and theatre-types, but tonight there is a real mixed bag in the auditorium, which is a thrill to see.

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A Doll's House

A Doll’s House at The Royal Exchange, Manchester

May 8, 2013 Comments Off on A Doll’s House at The Royal Exchange, Manchester

There is a brilliant cast in this production of A Doll’s House at the Royal Exchange. The type of cast dynamic that makes me think – are those occasional tables really necessary?

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I Was A Rat!

I Was A Rat! at The Lowry, Salford

May 8, 2013 Comments Off on I Was A Rat! at The Lowry, Salford

This adaptation of Philip Pullman’s 1999 children’s novel I Was A Rat! at The Lowry is a charming, thought provoking and visually stunning production.

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A scene from The Woman In Black @ Fortune Theatre. Touring Cast. (Taken 25-09-12) ©Tristram Kenton

The Woman in Black at The Lowry, Salford

May 7, 2013 Comments Off on The Woman in Black at The Lowry, Salford

When I first picked up Susan Hill’s gothic masterpiece, The Woman in Black, I was so unnerved by the novel I had to limit my reading to daylight hours. That book freaked the bejaysus out of me.

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Abigail's Party

Abigail’s Party at The Lowry, Salford

April 30, 2013 Comments Off on Abigail’s Party at The Lowry, Salford

Last night I stepped back into my childhood when I walked into The Lowry’s Lyric Theatre with my mum to watch Abigail’s Party, which has been revived 36 years after Mike Leigh’s play was first performed.

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Michelangelo Drawing Blood

Michelangelo Drawing Blood, RNCM, Manchester

April 29, 2013 Comments Off on Michelangelo Drawing Blood, RNCM, Manchester

Of all the arts, contemporary dance is perhaps the most abstract and least understood.

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Don’t Shoot the Messenger! Mikron Theatre, Huddersfield

April 29, 2013 Comments Off on Don’t Shoot the Messenger! Mikron Theatre, Huddersfield

Mikron Theatre is celebrating its 42nd year. Based in Marsden, near Huddersfield, the theatre tours on a narrowboat in the summer and by road in the autumn.The company has performed in every kind of venue from pubs and village halls to the inside of a tunnel.

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